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.
If we needed to sell the house, we knew we’d take a hit; kitchens and baths still sell homes.
If done right, I knew this space could improve not just the look of our whole house, but the way we live.
I envisioned making cupcakes (and healthier meals) with our 3-year-old at Midland, and supervising her craft projects while I cooked.
Until now, we’d done all we could to keep her out of the cramped space, where danger seemed to lurk at every inefficient turn. My husband and I had hoped to save money by assembling our cabinets and having a local non-profit demo and haul away the old cabinets and appliances.
Stardust Building Supplies offers a free demo service when you donate your used cabinets and appliances.
Unfortunately, they were booked weeks in advance and couldn’t schedule the demo in time for our contractor, who was ready to get started. Nor did we end up having the many days it would have taken to assemble 20 flat-pack Ikea cabinets. We easily could have saved more than $1,000 by doing both.
We were told it takes an average of 45 days after pre-approval to get a home equity line of credit.
Ours took longer, so apply at least three months before you’ll need it.
Unfortunately, that’s less than half what it ended up costing
But I don’t like the fact that the doors feel less than luxe to the touch and the rough grooves are tough to dust.
I’m satisfied, but it’s good to research all your options.
In general, I’m not a fan of generic slab granite, which is starting to look dated. They fit a modern aesthetic, come in tons of colors and are more durable and maintenance-free than other surfaces.
I made brunch for my visiting parents without breaking a sweat and had friends over for coffee before the construction dust had cleared. Labor hours include time for basic job planning, setup and site preparation, material handling, fabrication of installed materials, installation and cleanup.
Expect that no more than 15 – 25 hrs of labor will be completed per typical work week. Homewyse cost estimates are “ballpark” ranges for basic work performed in normal, serviceable conditions.
Homewyse estimates are NOT substitutes for firm quotes from qualified vendors. We’re a cooperative community that values and depends on your input.
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Would your friends and online contacts benefit from homewyse information? Make homewyse better for everyone – send your feedback or share this page. Custom-made, solid-wood cabinets with a premium finish and decorative molding can easily cost $1,200 or more per linear foot, which is the way cabinets are normally priced.
But you can get attractive cabinets at Ikea or even a local shop for a quarter of that cost if you shop around. And while granite countertops definitely cost more than laminate, if you visit enough stores, you’ll learn that granite itself varies widely in price. Plus, you have to be available during the day to supervise, and you have to shop around to find the best price on supplies.
Know what look you want before you start interviewing contractors. Keep your plumbing and gas lines in the same place.
U.S. News and AgentAce teamed up to provide a free service matching home sellers and buyers with top-performing real estate agents. As with any project, it’s wise to get multiple bids. However, most contractors will include a mark-up with this cost to ensure that they are fully accounted for.
This will help you figure out if the contractor’s mark-up is reasonable.
Doing so is a good way to evaluate the future of your project and prevent any possible setbacks due to bad work ethic. Is this company insured , and is the coverage adequate? Ask for copies of these policies and keep them on file.
The contract is one of the best ways to prevent problems before you begin. Do not accept vague proposals or prices written down on the back of a business card.
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