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.
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. Determine whether you need to upgrade your electrical board to accommodate that new refrigerator or oven – which can cost $1,000 on average. 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. 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. Set aside a good chunk of money to cover any of those unexpected expenses. 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. In addition to a full project description, the contract should also include the cost estimate and timeline. 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. Most importantly is the value of the many types of product, because I plan to stay in my town house until whatever happens to me. Also I plan to keep this site of r future references.
I came across home advisor which was I gave to say VERY informative! Good luck with that when choosing the lowest bidder for each category. I put in cherry wood cabinets build from a cabinet maker that’s where most of the cost went along with electrician and plumber.
Install shelves at standard upper-cabinet height – the lower shelf is 18 inches above the counter. Just add labels to canisters and jars using our free downloadable label sets you can print on your own adhesive-back labels.
Add style and function with an affordable mix of traditional and modern upgrades.
Your collection can be organized and beautiful like a scrapbook or it can be filled with random, unorganized images. I actually prefer the latter, because I like to randomly stuff images into my folders and ideabooks and go back to them later on for edits. Both of these may be subject to change, so don’t feel like you have only once chance at this.
As a homeowner, you’re not expected to walk into this knowing what everything should cost. Some people start by visiting big-box stores or cabinet showrooms where they can see everything. But I find that getting caught up in the look too early can distract from the space planning phase.
At the same time you can be sending out drawings for estimates on some top choices of finishes and fixtures.
This is where your final permit set or Construction Drawings (CDs) come into play.
These have a lead time, so check the timing with your local village. I often find that we’re submitting for permits around the same time or a little bit after we’ve placed the cabinet order, due to similar lead times. The big day is upon us, most likely something like 4-8 weeks from when you submitted for permits.
You may be moving out of your house temporarily, but most homeowners white-knuckle it and try to live in the house through construction.
It can be as informal as an emailed list of items that need to be fixed or finished.