Our Helpful Tips for Kitchen Remodeling
Very few home improvements are more significant for purposes of lifestyle improvement, not to mention resale value, than kitchen remodeling. A well done remodel provides a beautiful new look for your home, and the usefulness of modern appliances and countertops can’t be overestimated.
Of course, the design and construction phases can be complex. But a qualified local home remodel contractor can become a part of the process very early, helping you to make decisions that will make a big difference in how you manage time and budget. We put together a short guide to walk you through the important parts, and would be happy to hear from you if you’d like a quote and our guidance.
Determine early on the scope of the changes you require. For example, kitchen remodel jobs can involve flooring, countertops, cabinets, appliances, walls and paint. It’s a great idea to carefully weigh your priorities in the case of a limited budget.
We would be happy to discuss your options, and help you to understand where cost and benefit collide. In other words, we want to create the kitchen of your dreams, not pounce on a project designed only to line our pockets.
The Planning Phase
Begin by grabbing a notepad and pencil. Gather the family around the dining room table and begin to sketch the changes necessary to modernize your kitchen. For example, if you’ll be changing appliances, do you favor stainless steel or a particular color? Is there a need for convenience items such as a lazy susan, perhaps a garbage chute?
And don’t forget about your plans for cabinets. The facing of your cabinets is an enormous footprint within your kitchen and an attractive look, one that complements the appliances and color scheme of your flooring and walls is crucial.
There have been spectacular advances in the technology behind refrigerators, dishwashers and ovens. We will help you make great choices depending on your priorities.
Things to consider include the size of your family, the amount of entertaining you may or may not do, and access to utilities such as gas. We will be happy to help you narrow down the selection.
Choices in Cabinetry
The selection available for kitchen cabinets is massive these days. Do you favor hardwoods like cherry or oak, or perhaps a pine? These choices can make a significant difference in terms of cost, not to mention durability.
You might want to visit our showrooms to appreciate how we’ve paired both warm and modern cabinets with a wide array of flooring and appliances to see if anyone style is best for you.
Your Kitchen Countertops
Once you’ve begun to put together the aesthetic pieces of the puzzle, namely your cabinet and appliance appearances, you’ll want to complement all that work with lovely countertops. These come in a variety of materials and colors, and a qualified home remodel contractor will be best at describing these options.
We feel that first selecting appliances, countertops and cabinetry is crucial to arriving at the perfect color for your walls. Clearly, any color can be created in today’s mixing station, and so paint has been rendered more a complement than ever. Gloss, semigloss, we have it all covered.
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Zeroing in on the Right Custom Kitchen Contractor
Not All Home Remodeling Companies Are Created Equal
We worked hard to build our reputation and reviews based on hard work and fair job quotations. When we put together a proposal, we go out of our way to include all the time we need to be at your disposal for the ever crucial design phase. Decisions made here will make all the difference to your happiness for years to come.
We also provide realistic time frames for when we can begin and complete the job. Everyone has a nightmare, horror story about contractors who promised the world and did not deliver. The last thing we ever want is to be associated with one of those terrible experiences.
Even more important, we do every project from start to finish. Rather than relying on subcontractors, and having to juggle their unpredictable schedules, we’ve made a decision to keep all of our talent in house.
Not only are we experienced, but we enjoy the smiles of every happy customer. Our goal is that your kitchen becomes a true touchstone for your home, and a jewel that you can’t wait to show off to friends and neighbors.
Save time and money by getting them in advance and then paying for installation.
He or she can also help you save here and there so you don’t spend needlessly while still getting the final product you want. The most important are budget, longevity, and what other homeowners in the neighborhood are doing with their kitchens. This is the optimum range for homeowners to spend and expect to recoup during a home’s resale.
If you plan to remain in your home for years after the remodel, then you should consider splurging on items like new countertops, appliances, cabinets and flooring. This could reflect poorly when potential buyers are perusing and comparing homes in the area.
If your cabinets are dated or damaged, potential buyers may walk away with a bad impression. Stock cabinets ($80 – $400) are pre-made and sold in home improvement stores.
They are affordable, but can be found in a limited number of designs and sizes. Semi-custom details include resizing drawers and door fronts and increasing or decreasing cabinet depth. Custom cabinets ($500 – $1,500) are designed however you want them to look.
Start with a standard cabinet and add on anything you want to meet your kitchen’s needs. These are the most expensive and often require a skilled carpenter to create. Next, select new elements and apply a wood veneer that matches the rest of the cabinet.
Refinished cabinets ($1,400 – $3,500) are less expensive than refaced ones. This process involves removing, sanding and staining the drawer fronts or doors. The end result is cabinets that look almost brand new without having to replace any of the parts.
You’ll probably need to hire a professional if your cabinet fronts are particularly dinged up, or if you’re worried about how to proceed with either project. If your objectives are to improve your home’s value, though, skimping here can prove self-defeating. You should probably avoid buying most appliances used, but you can usually find appliances at an outlet store that are just a little dinged up from transport or used as displays in stores.
These don’t have all the extra features or technology that more expensive models do, but they can still do the job and will work in most kitchens. This is often an overlooked expense that most homeowners don’t think about until the project is already underway. Make sure you have an electrician on hand to guide you through the process instead of just plugging everything in and hoping for the best.
If at all possible, try to avoid moving your gas lines.
The process involves moving and running additional gas lines in a kitchen, plus you have to upend flooring and knock out walls to get to the gas line.
You will also have to acquire a permit to mess with natural gas lines. You’re going to need a contractor to help you through this process, especially if there are electrical or plumbing changes involved.
Interview three or four candidates for the position and make sure you check their backgrounds and past work thoroughly.
Make sure to check HomeAdvisor reviews , as well as other sources. You never know when a pipe could break, a contractor could discover mold or other problems could arise.
Set aside a good chunk of money to cover any of those unexpected expenses. About 20 percent of your estimated project cost, or around $3,000 to $5,000 is a good amount to save for surprise turns of events. While there are some projects that only a contractor can accomplish, you might be able to do some of the smaller projects yourself.
Before the contractor gets started, you will need to know the schedule and exactly what the finished product will look like. He or she will bring in a designer or draw up a floor plan of the remodel, which you will need to approve.
From there, the plan goes to the local building permit office and onto the record for your home. If you don’t sign a contract with your contractor, he or she might not be held liable for any mistakes or misunderstandings.
You do not want to be saddled with additional repairs after the fact, so make sure you get in writing the scope of the project and his or her responsibilities. Homeadvisor.com is simple to use (I’m not very computer savvy) and is the first site that doesn’t require extra passwords, etc!
This is for professionally designed and expertly installed work including appliances with a licensed, bonded, and insured firm.