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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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.
The sad thing about it is that lots of people really do not understand the difference and will shell out perfectly good money for total garbage.
Any woodworker will tell you that he really does not know which tools he paid too much for, but he knows absolutely which ones he did not pay enough for.
It is very frustrating as a designer to see people make the worst decisions possible.
You are so right when it comes to these bad choices. We often tell clients that if you skimp on quality in the beginning it will show in the end.
If you are doing the floor too, make sure they put the new floor BEFORE they install the cabinets!
It can also be any material from wood to metal trimmings.
I totally agree with your assertion that cheap cabinetry is a bad idea. I, like you, am not a big fan because I feel like the cabinets really are the heart of a kitchen’s appearance. I am Cheryl Kees Clendenon, a designer living on the Gulf Coast.
If you haven’t already, start saving photos of kitchens with features that suit your style. 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. This phase includes sketches, space planning, preliminary floor plans and elevations showing the layout and cabinet sizes.
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. I like to use a little form I put together that identifies the item to be fixed or finished, the responsible party and the date of completion. If you make the right improvements, you can expect an 80-90% return on your investment.
Don’t skimp on electric, it has to be done right. You’ll need to install one dedicated circuit for each appliance and two more for your outlets.
If you don’t, when your refrigerator kicks on, your toaster will blow out. Homeowners looking for a quick answer about the cost of buying and installing new countertops in the home may end up being disappointed. If the old counters are worn out, outdated or just no longer your style, then this is a smart decision.
The average cost of having new countertops installed is $3,401, but it’s important to realize how much this can vary from project to project. Laminate countertops are the cheapest option, but beware, laminate is the easiest material to chip and not very durable.
Homeowners should expect to pay around $4,700 for 100sf of countertop surface. The final option we will cover is acrylic countertops, the most common of which is called Corian. Not surprisingly, Corian is the most expensive option, costing just about $5,800/100sf for materials, delivery and installation.
However, it can be trickier to understand the cost of actually installing the appliance.
Heavy items might be most expensive when it comes to shipping or delivery, but you will pay a premium for installing items that need to be connected to water pipes. Dishwashers and refrigerators, for example, should be installed by a plumber unless you have extensive DIY and plumbing knowledge yourself. The cheapest option is to buy a newer model of your current sink that can fit in the same location.
Replacing sinks in the same location should cost between $150-$360 for the installation. However, if you just bought a new home, purchased a brand new sink or are moving your sink to a different location, installation can cost up to $3,500.