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.
I put in cherry wood cabinets build from a cabinet maker that’s where most of the cost went along with electrician and plumber.
The first is how much you can afford to spend. Take a look at your finances to determine this number. The second is how long you plan to stay in your house.
Only spend what you think you will get back when you sell the house. There are all sorts of budget-busting surprises lurking behind the walls or under the floor.
Like when you rip out your walls and discover your electrical wiring is out of date. Or you pull out your dishwasher and discover the floor beneath it is rotten thanks to a water leak you didn’t know about. The little things add up. There may be a cost-saving alternative, or you may be able to do without the item entirely.
Know the details of how you will pay for this project. Other options include refinancing, taking out a personal loan or taking a loan against a retirement plan. Even if you have cash in hand, borrowing money at a low interest rate may be smarter than pulling your money from an investment account getting a higher return.
Also, find out when you’ll get the funding from your loan. Decide whether you’re going to stay in your home while renovations are taking place. Living someplace else while the work is being done is a good idea and will lessen your stress.
Take into account the cost of an apartment or hotel, storage fees and moving fees. If you stay, there will be a cost to your sanity.
If you see a cost overrun starting to happen, you can stop it. You don’t have to pay someone else to do all the work.
Find a balance between what you want and what you can afford. Take plenty of measurements with a tape measure and get a clear idea of the dimensions of your current layout.
Decide what you like about your current kitchen’s features and what you’d like to see changed.
Include everything from simple, easy-to-accomplish tasks like organization and decorative elements to over-the-top, impossibly expensive overhauls. Without a clear budget, you’ll have trouble determining whether you’re making a sound investment. Take the total that you came up with and set aside 20 percent of it, or an additional 20 percent, for contingency expenses.
Remember that you won’t see a return on your investment, if any, until the time comes to sell your home. Anything that improves the style and usability of your home is generally worth it, though, as home buyers tend to be impressed by well-designed, attractive kitchens.
If you’re relocating a sink or installing an entirely new one, professional help will be necessary, which can cost several hundred dollars. When shopping for a new sink, look at features like extensions, sprayers and soap dispensers.
As with sinks, the price range here is fairly broad, from under $20 on the low end to more than $1,000 on the high end. That is why most people steer clear of carpeting, which is not suitable for environments in which spills are likely to occur.
Laminate flooring is an economical choice, but engineered hardwood floors are becoming increasingly popular.
Vinyl, linoleum and ceramic tile are also great choices should also be considered. Information about who will be responsible for pulling permits and submitting paperwork for inspections, if necessary.
Start and finish dates for phases and overall project should be included in the contract. Some homeowners will include daily penalties to the contractor’s payment for every day a project phase goes over deadline.
The contract should spell out payment amounts and due dates. State and municipal laws regarding home improvement contracts vary, but as a general rule, never pay more than a third of a project’s overall cost as down payment or deposit.
Make sure you have the contractor’s insurance coverage information and property damage liability.
Warranties and guarantees for craftsmanship and the final product should be clearly defined. A lien waiver for material suppliers or subcontractors is a contract term that can help you avoid a mechanic’s lien if the remodeler fails to pay vendors or workers. A few glass doors (Jutis by Ikea) break up the sea of dark cabinets.
When a planned slab-glass backsplash idea turned into a headache, ivory glass subway tiles from Floor & Decor saved the day. When the main electric cooktop burner went out and the odd-sized oven was scorching everything, it was time.