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 attempt to do as much of the work yourself, and if possible, purchase some of the materials before calling in the professionals.
While contractors can get some materials for wholesale prices, some might charge extra for the purchase and labor. Semi-custom cabinets ($150 – $1,000) come in the same sizes as stock cabinets, but you can have them detailed at an extra cost.
Plan ahead and be ready to spend about 5 percent of your budget on this expense. Set aside 20 percent of your budget to handle the unexpected. Leave some wiggle room in your budget to cover these surprises.
You’ll need to make deposits with your contractors, and you’ll need to pay for materials up front.
Create a spreadsheet for your budget and check it often. Expert contractors and bathroom designers help you get the most out of your budget.
If you try to make budget determinations feature by feature or appliance by appliance, you can quickly exhaust your budget. Once you have decided on the general layout of your kitchen, you will need to make decisions about the various components that will go into it. This is where the big spending is going to happen, so you need to choose wisely. These types of questions will help you make comparisons among contractors based on what characteristics you consider important in a hiring relationship.
Once the work is complete to your satisfaction and you’ve paid in full, signing a lien waiver or release to indicates the contractor is responsible for any remaining material supplier or subcontractor bills can limit your exposure to mechanics’ liens.
When we started daydreaming about this project, I thought I could do it for around $15,000 — perfectly plausible if you watch certain home-improvement shows.
Overall, I love the dual rotating carousels in my corner base cabinets, the full-extension drawers and affordable organizers that fit perfectly.
My contractor insists when all the individually priced flat-pack parts, panels, shelves and man hours are added up, stock real-wood cabinets from his supplier would have been in my budget.
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Grove and her husband chose to act as their own contractors, hiring separate painters, marble fabricators and tile installers.
Being your own contractor creates more work because you’re screening multiple contractors rather than just one general contractor for the entire project. Whether you hire a general contractor or individual companies, make sure the contract is very specific about what is included when it comes to labor and materials. Spend some time researching and don’t just choose from the first five companies that show up on an Internet search.
Part of the contractor’s estimate will involve the cost of materials. But the price for materials isn’t going to vary wildly enough to make up for a bad job.
Any contractor tentatively on a Best list was removed if unable to produce a valid trade license or prove they didn’t need one. If you take a proactive approach to hiring and research all potential candidates, it should reduce the chances significantly that you will have a negative experience. You’ll be able to access the story from your Reading List on any computer, tablet or smartphone.
Avoid moving plumbing and electrical items if possible — at least try to keep your stove (especially gas stoves) and sink in the same location. Try to pick an overall theme — country, modern, rustic, etc.
Have a good idea of the look you want before you go into a design center or talk to contractors. It’s easy to update your list and resend to all the bidding contractors. Otherwise, the various contractors will list the items they believe you want and it will be difficult to compare bids.
Wood species and design have a major impact on price. Often you can get the desired look but save money by going with a little simpler design and different wood. When selecting granite, first choose the color you want, dark or light.
Getting the best price on labor is not always about just finding the right contractor.