We are about to embark on remodeling the kitchen of our house. This house was built in 1916, the kitchen used to be a back porch, and it was taken in probably about 1950. For whatever reason, probably financial, they just made the walls out of this weird material such that the walls are about 1 inch thick, and then the doors and windows are framed such that they stick into the room.
We had a lot of trouble finding a contractor. We got names from friends, from adverts in the newspaper, and from the phone book. After we called them all - about 25 - two actually showed up. One gave us a price of 20k, and can't start til project October, but it may be later. Oh and that's just a round figure, we'd do a full pricing out closer to. The other spent a lot of time going over what type of doors, flooring, cabinets, etc, and then said it will be $10,500 plus cost of cabinets, countertops, flooring, and fixtures except hardware on one pocket door as that is a package deal. He provides all labor to install everything, does the framing, drywall, tape, mud, paint, trim, the works plus a galvalume metal roof on the kitchen as when the wind blows a certain way there have been very minor leaks and it's thought lack of proper slope to roof is the issue, but a metal roof needs less slope so that takes care of it.
It may be just me, but I see this as a disaster in the making. We have tried every way we know to make sure everyone is on the right page here. We bought a program and generated detailed drawings of exactly what we want and provided copies of everything to the contractor. My husband keeps coming up with questions I can't answer and I finally said well, I'm sure the contractor knows. He has the drawings of what we want. He will make it work I guess. But I do wonder, is this all normal?