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.
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Justin Pierce is a real estate investor who regularly writes about his experiences buying, renovating and selling houses in the Washington area.
I have never been able to get my mind wrapped around this, considering that the national median income is only around $51,000. Moving a gas stove will require relocating gas lines and moving your sink plumbing can create additional problems. This will help you select materials and ensure everything comes together properly.
Cabinets can take six weeks or more to be delivered. A basic scope of work also eliminates some guess work by the contractor. I’ve not been able to save much money on things like paint and light fixtures.
So I focus on my cabinets, countertops, appliances and flooring. There can easily be a $15,000 difference between various designs and manufacturers for 30 linear feet of semi-custom cabinets.
I’ve never seen a home buyer ask for the name brand of cabinets in a home. You should look for cabinet boxes made of furniture-grade plywood. Doors and drawer fronts should be made from a solid wood frame surrounding a panel and I prefer a solid wood panel.
Furniture grade plywood panels are okay as long as it looks good but avoid laminated particle board. Drawers should be constructed of solid wood with dovetail joinery and a plywood bottom that is tightly fitted into a groove in the side of the drawer.
I also look for a good slide and soft-close feature. Shelves should be made of at least half inch furniture grade plywood.
If you ensure your cabinets have these features then the name on them doesn’t really matter. 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.
Most all cabinets are made of a hardwood so they will be durable. Particle board wrapped in Formica or other laminate is almost always a turn off to potential buyers.
When selecting granite, first choose the color you want, dark or light. Price will often be determined by what your supplier has available. You can easily pick a $20 a square foot granite and get the same look as a $45 a square foot granite.
When it comes to granite, the supplier will almost always do the install. Make sure you get a full bid from the various suppliers you visit. You might find the shop that advertised $20 granite is actually more expensive than the shop that’s selling a $30 granite.
When it comes to cabinets and countertops, try going to one of the many small local suppliers. And you are much more likely to be dealing with just one person rather than whomever happens to be on duty on a given day at a big retailer.
I also find that many of the small shops can deliver in half the time required by the big retailers. Low-priced flooring may be just as good as the costly kind.
I find that I can get a very good look in a home with a $2 or $3 a square foot tile. For tile, I normally go to the big home improvement stores.
Big retailers normally have the best price on tile but their selection is limited.
The material is more expensive and it’s usually tougher to install and your contractor should charge you more for installation. Granite or marble tile can look out of place if not installed correctly and properly incorporated into an overall design.
Good prices on hardwood can be found at one of the surplus or overstock warehouses.
This may take some time because you never know what they may have in supply at any given visit. This may require you to start watching months in advance of your project.
I once purchased 2,000 square feet of solid maple wood flooring and rented a storage unit to keep it until I had a project ready. Be careful that your storage fees don’t wipe out your savings.
Appraisers and buyers rarely value top-of-the line appliances at anything close to their purchase price. There are appliance sales people in almost every big box store. Get their cards and see if they’ll call or text you when they’re having sales.
This is what I do. I buy packages of appliances well before I’m ready for them when I have upcoming projects.
These retailers have also been willing to hold my appliances for months until I’m ready for delivery.