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.
But with a well laid out plan it will minimize those surprises that can kind of hinder a job.
Select appliances according to your family’s cooking style not just their looks. Pick a quality sink and faucet these two components can take a lot of abuse.
Don’t over look the need for good lighting or the fact that it can be very attractive. Next week on Today’s Homeowner we’re renovating the bath, big, small, and in between.
We’re looking at bathroom projects of all sizes and shapes with budgets from modest to over the top.
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This process was reviewed and approved during a 2012 audit by BPA Worldwide. For most people or rooms, it’s just not possible right off the bat. You might have to do-it-yourself, learn how, and/or ask family members for help.
We had a non-working “avocado” double oven, a working range/oven, and no dishwasher. The double oven was taken out, a cabinet next to the sink was taken out and put in place of the double oven, and a dishwasher was added next to the sink.
We painted the cabinets and walls, and spray painted the existing knobs and hinges. Moving the cabinets made the gold flecked countertops wonky, but okay to live with.
The fridge and oven came with the house and worked great, so they stayed too. Our in-laws were replacing a fridge and gave us their white one (bye, green fridge!). We found granite-look laminate countertops at a Black Friday sale for around $100, and installed them.
In April 2012, we were able to install hardwood floors in place of our 30-40 year old laminate tile. We were able to find a sale, signed up for emails for 10% off, and signed up for their card to get even more off.
While you don’t see it, we also fixed squeaky floors. And I blurred out the mess in the dining room.
Four and a half years total, money spent bit by bit. We didn’t gut or replace everything, we used what we had and improved it. And the biggest change was the one that cost the least – painting the cabinets!
There are many online tutorials and you can rent the nail gun from a home improvement store for a reasonable price. For lighting, we have the chandelier, a light over the sink, and a light on the range hood. Does it kinda bum you out that your house is listed now that it’s feeling done?
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Several years ago, we turned our traditional, unused living room into the room now affectionately know as Starbucks. We have four, big comfy microfiber chairs around a large, round antique coffee table. We have lovely cabinets but I want white instead of wood.
I need some convincing that painting is the right way to go!
I seriously SCREAM at the TV when I watch House Hunters and the home reno shows. Depending on the wood you’re going to put down—- for instance cherry.
So if you were thinking you could match them up later- it would never happen. My other neighbors just did new wood floors too and they got them for a bargain on a close out deal at a wood liquidator Just be sure to buy MORE than what you’ll need in case of acciDENTS or incorrect measuring Good luck!!!
We had a whole box full of bent, not usable wood. We bought ours from Lowes and were able to take them back, thank goodness. To April, if you don’t mind if they match and the rooms don’t touch, I would definitely go room by room!
If you do want them to match, I would wait and do it all at once.
My inlaws did the hallway of their home, then waited to do their bedroom and the two don’t match! It isn’t a big difference, but there was a difference. People are quick to say “these old cabinets need to be replaced” but often they don’t.
I also yo with painting my cabinets and stress over what product to use, and if the entire inside should be done. I saw that you said you spray painted the knobs and hinges on your cabinets.