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.
Boy this looks great with the color she’s painting the walls, the countertop, the floor, boy it’s really coming together and that’s what happens when you have a well defined plan for your kitchen renovation.
Flooring in the kitchen should look good, feel good, and last.
This will help you select materials and ensure everything comes together properly. Have a good idea of the look you want before you go into a design center or talk to contractors.
You don’t want to have your kitchen torn apart while you’re waiting for an item to be delivered. Ask your contractors to line item their bids as you’ve categorized the items. So I focus on my cabinets, countertops, appliances and flooring.
There can easily be a $15,000 difference between various designs and manufacturers for 30 linear feet of semi-custom cabinets. I’ve never seen a home buyer ask for the name brand of cabinets in a home.
Wood species and design have a major impact on price.
Often you can get the desired look but save money by going with a little simpler design and different wood. I’ve found that some suppliers advertise really cheap per square foot costs but then they jack up the installation costs. Granite or marble tile can look out of place if not installed correctly and properly incorporated into an overall design.
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.
In the end, you’ll not only have a beautiful kitchen to enjoy but also add significantly to your home’s value. Or you can choose not to. Regardless, your privacy is safe with us. To save time (and money) during tear-out and construction, plan on using your existing walls and kitchen configuration.
For a nominal fee, you also can get design help from a major home improvement store.
Been in the interior design business for 14 years and learn something new every day!
This is not a comprehensive list as I could go on for a few posts about things I consider design mistakes as well. Next post will be about the 5 worst design mistakes!
This blog and the one you wrote earlier on kitchen lighting both help a lot. Growing up, my family has moved to house-after-house with just such a thing in our kitchen. I’ve done our cabinets, but the counter tops need work.
Shelving look in lower kitchen cabinet to replace broken compactor.
Www.gianigranite.com This before kitchen looks like mine, I hope to have a better after some day!
Are you embarrassed of your homes useless, unattractive kitchen space at this very moment?
We have been successfully transforming kitchens for Crouse and Charlotte homeowners since we began our construction and remodeling company. With our own in house designer you can see a 3D design of your space prior to building.
No matter its size, the kitchen is a big part of every modern household.
To meet the growing demand for showstopping kitchens, manufacturers now offer cabinets, countertops and fixtures in all of today’s most popular design styles, from Old World to modern, city chic to country cozy. What’s a country kitchen without a couple of big, affectionate dogs?
Accessories in on-trend shades of turquoise and brown make the space feel fresh. Cream-colored cabinets and painted ceramics give this country kitchen a French accent. Sleek, sexy and sophisticated, the modern kitchen is designed to keep clutter to a minimum.
TMS Architects designed a kitchen floor plan that doesn’t compete with the views.
Add historical accessories and heavy fabrics, and enjoy time travel comfortably in your own home. When it comes to kitchen islands , form follows function.
When designing your kitchen , allow 15 inches of countertop on each side of a cooktop and refrigerator. Use soft shades on kitchen cabinets and natural light to visually expand a small room. Oversized and energy-inefficient appliances are the number-one problem with conventional kitchen remodels.
Lots of operable windows for natural daylight and free ventilation; a receptacle for compostable materials very near the work prep area; easy access to and sufficient room for recyclables storage in the kitchen; a dish-drawer dishwasher, which is great for smaller loads; a small, energy-efficient refrigerator/freezer; hardwood floors, which are easier to stand on than stone or tile, have no grout to clean, and mop up easily with soap and water; a place to grow herbs; storage designs that are sufficient and easy to use, but don’t encourage you to become a pack rat; and a cold box, which keeps fruits and veggies such as apples and potatoes fresh without requiring refrigeration.