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
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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’ve debated painting the cabinets at our house so much but they are so cheap that I fear taking the doors off to paint would mean never getting them back on. Just have to save up for the big full make over I suppose.
Perhaps, I can spend a few thousand dollars at once because honestly I’m a bit extravagant.
We have been going back and forth being getting it all redone before we move or wait.
We did the wood floors under the fridge, stove, but replaced them right up to the cabinets.
I believe the laminate floor did not go under them either.
We didn’t do the wood flooring underneath the dishwasher, it wouldn’t fit if we did, but I think some people do put it under the dishwasher. I am really glad we painted the cabinets before we moved in and wish we had the time to do so before we moved into our current house (we sold the one in this post last October).
You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers as you navigate through the home buying process.
I think people are intimidated and just afraid of doing it wrong. I’m rebuilding after a fire, and had no choice but to DIY.
Ex-jerk-DH bailed on me, but left behind 3 generations’ worth of tools. Get more use out of them than I ever did him! I’m so happy that you want to share one of my ideas!
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Tear out all of the old stuff and get rid of whatever is not going to be reused. The demolition process is one area that many homeowners can handle, and you save some money if you tackle this process yourself. After demolition, rough-in work can begin, which includes any framing, plumbing, or electrical changes.
Have all of the framing, plumbing, electrical, or other work inspected. If you’ve followed your codes, you should pass the inspection.
If not, or if you didn’t understand the code clearly (many people make errors!), make the necessary changes and have the work reinspected and approved. You need these items installed and have the trim installed, too, so that you’ll work with “finished” dimensions from the edge of the door and window trim and not from the rough opening in the walls when installing the cabinets.
Hang the wall cabinets first and then install the base cabinets. You can hang the wall cabinets more easily when you’re not reaching over the base cabinets.
Install new light fixtures, if they’re part of the plan.
Maintain and beautify your home and garden, liven up meals with delicious recipes, and entertain family and friends with style. Keep wraps and plastic containers in one handy spot near a work surface for wrapping leftovers.
Locate dishware and flatware near the dishwasher to ease the process of unloading. Also, make the refrigerator accessible to both passersby and people working in cooking and cleanup areas. For kids, a below-countertop setup might be safer and more suitable.
Keep appliances away from corners, and make sure doors won’t bang into each other if open at the same time.
Those who cook frequently require more counter space – ideally between the range and sink – than those who cook infrequently or who prepare simple meals. Incorporating two countertop heights makes baking easy and helps kids who are involved in meal preparation. A bar with stools doubles as an after-school spot for kids and as a gathering spot for dinner guests.