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.
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. Knowing your rough layout, desired materials, and armed with a scope of work, you can begin getting bids. Belmont, Charlotte and the District all have good guidance for consumers.
Be wary of any bid that is too cheap or too expensive.
Have contractors line item their bids and closely compare the items. If one of the items varies greatly in price from bid to bid then you may not have properly explained your needs. If you have a choice, try timing your project after the holiday rush but before the spring thaw.
This is typically contractors’ slowest time of the year and they’ll appreciate having indoor work. This is almost always the more expensive option but it does provide you with an additional layer of protection.
Do your best to flesh out your desires before the bidding process and get as much as you can bid and priced out prior to signing a construction contract. If you’re adventurous and handy, consider installing the cabinets yourself. This is much easier than one might think and there are ample videos and books available to help the do-it-yourselfer in this task.
If they come preassembled, installing them yourself is that much easier. If assembly is required, you may reconsider because it will require significantly more time.
Expect the project to take a least a couple weeks. This is time when you will not be able to use a vital portion of your home.
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Plus, a pro is likely to offer smart solutions you hadn’t thought of.
However, you’ll be expected to purchase some of your cabinets and appliances from that store.
She lives in a 1900 Craftsman-style home in beautiful eastern Tennessee. But no one seems to address some of the planning mistakes that I see every day.
Here are a few planning boo boos that you do not want to happen to you! Not to mention super ugly tile in the first place. Let me know what you think about these planning mistakes.
It’s the first time I’ve ever done a kitchen, so I am both excited about the prospect and crapping myself!
For a long time I had a very firm grasp on what I wanted to do with the kitchen, but now I’m beginning to waffle back and forth. By the bye, you are completely right on the cabinetry.
Yesterday I went to a very small, very drab, very depressing home show for various remodelers. There were some five or six local cabinetmakers, only one of which was any damned good. The rest had the shabbiest drawer boxes I believe I have ever seen, excepting only those in my own kitchen!
No, even mine are better, because they are at least solid wood. The ones I saw in the home show were made of Melamine and NAILED TOGETHER AT THE CORNERS!