Frequently Asked Questions

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IKEA

Why IKEA?


  • Contemporary design with a European feel at great value and quality
  • 25 year warranty on all cabinets
  • Much less expensive as most of the fancy European brands
  • No wait - some kitchens available for same day pick up
  • Fast ordering , delivery and installation
  • Brand new IKEA cabinets installed are cheaper than most refacing options.




Why hire us to build your IKEA kitchen?


IKEA kitchens and wardrobes are designed around the "frameless" concept that is the industry standard for Europe. Many local installers are unfamiliar with this type of cabinetry and approach the installation process with a "how hard can it be" attitude. Most North American cabinets are pre assembled "face-frame" cabinets and most installers only have experience with this type of installation. Here at Somerset west we know the Ins and Outs of frameless cabinetry. We will install your cabinets according to manufacturer's instructions which are the only way to install it right . As a fully licensed and insured General contractor, you can expect only the highest standards of workmanship and professionalism.




How much will my cabinet installation cost?


We offer competitive pricing. To accurately estimate your cost we will need a detailed design, item list, and/or an on-site visit. Email us (info@somersetw.com) or give us a call (818 730 6672). Once we have received the information we will give you a good idea of your cost.




How long will it take to install my cabinets?


A kitchen installation can take between 1 day to several days depending on size and services included. A wardrobe installation can take between several hours to several days depending on the complexity of the installation. A full remodel project which may include demolition, plumbing, drywall and electrical work will take several weeks to several months.




Should I do my own assembly and let Somerset West do the instalation? Won't I save money that way?


Somerset West does not recommend an "assembly only" or an "installation only" service. We are very particular about how the cabinets are assembled as the strength of the frames is based on proper assembly. We know what we are doing and strive for only the highest standard of installation. We have visited countless job sites where the repair costs alone amounted to what the initial cost should have been. Countless installations make perfect! We do not say all of this to sell you more services (although admittedly that is what happens when we assemble and install). We find our customer satisfaction levels (which we measure) are higher when we perform both services.




Do I need professional measurements and design before I get started?


A successful project begins with a great plan and a design that fits the space. Coming up with a detailed plan for your kitchen or wardrobe project can be a challenge - We can help! In designing a layout, there are general guidelines but there is not one design that fits all. Our unique planning and measurement program will accurately provide you with detailed drawing, dimensions and an Itemized parts list. Our service is fast, efficient and inexpensive. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of our planning services. This will provide accurate measurements that account for room dimension, electric outlets, water lines and drain pipes, filler pieces, ceiling height, windows, doors and more. This simple and inexpensive service will give you peace of mind and could prevent costly mistakes.





ADUs

What is an ADU?


ADU stands for “Accessory Dwelling Unit”, that can be built on your existing property regardless of the zoning.




What is the minimum and the maximum building size of an ADU?


For an attached ADU, the maximum build size is either 50% of the square footage of the primary dwelling or 1200 square feet, whichever is less. The maximum build size for a detached unit or a conversion is 1,200 square feet.




Is there a height restrictions for a ADU


The maximum ADU height is 25 feet.




What can ADU's be used for?


An ADU can be used as a Guest House, Office Space, Home Gym, Music Studio just to name a few. Most of our clients build their ADU as Income Property.




Is parking required for an ADU?


No parking is required for an ADU that meets any of the following criteria:

  • The ADU is located within .5 mile of a public bus stop or rail station, and the path of travel is publicly accessible.
  • The ADU is part of or within the primary residence or existing accessory building.
  • The ADU is on a street that requires on-street parking permits, but the permit has not been offered to the occupant of the ADU.
  • The ADU is located within one block of where a motor vehicle provides hourly and daily service as part of a regional fleet operated by a public agency or publicly-leased motor-vehicle-sharing organization.
  • The ADU is located within a historic district listed in the City’s Historic Resources Inventory.
  • If you convert your garage the parking spaces are no longer required to be replaced. This is in alignment with the new state laws.




Can I sell an ADU without my house?


No




Do I have to live on the property?


No, you can rent both the main house and the ADU.





General Questions

What kind of remodeling does Somerset West do?


We are a general remodeling company that specializes in general remodeling, kitchen remodeling, Additions, ADUs, bathroom remodeling, driveway and patio pavers, artificial turf, solar panel installation, and much more.




How much will my project cost?


It is very difficult to estimate the actual cost of a complete remodel or installation. To estimate your cost we will need a detailed design, item list, and/or an on-site visit. E-mail ( info@somersetw.com) us or give us a call ( 818 730 6672). Once we have received the information we will give you a good idea of your cost.




What areas do you serve?


At this time we serve Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange counties. please give us a call if you feel we could service your area.




Do you offer Design services?


A successful project begins with a great plan and a design that fits the space. Coming up with a detailed plan for your kitchen or other projects can be a challenge - We can help! We offer detailed 3D renderings of specific spaces or your entire house.