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.
You never know when a pipe could break, a contractor could discover mold or other problems could arise.
While there are some projects that only a contractor can accomplish, you might be able to do some of the smaller projects yourself. Before the contractor gets started, you will need to know the schedule and exactly what the finished product will look like.
Perhaps if you are acting as your own GC and you have price shopped 10 different subs for each specific trade, and want to play contractor roulette and hope that you get a good one for each category.
Put your budget and how much you’re actually spending on spreadsheets so you can keep tabs on how much you are actually spending. What may seem like an impossible task to a first-time DIY remodeler, such as moving a plumbing drain or relocating an oven’s gas line, can be a relatively simple task for a general contractor. One way to find a good contractor is to ask for recommendations from friends, neighbors or family members who have had similar work done.
Always make sure to ask for proof of a company’s insurance and bonding, if necessary, as well as their contractor or trade license if required.
The design (based on Ikea cabinets) helped maximize storage in the 120 square-foot space.
For years, we daydreamed about extending it onto a small unused patio, but finally conceded that was a budget buster. They gathered names from a contractor friend and the marble yard, and then asked those companies for bids and references.
When you set out to find a contractor , get least three bids to ensure you have done your proper homework. Since some contractors can get carried away with the mark-up aspect of the cost, you might want to call the suppliers yourself to determine how much the materials cost without the mark-up. If a contractor tells you that he or she will have the estimate by next Tuesday, but doesn’t actually get it to you until Friday, this is likely a reflection of his or her work on the job as well.
If you want to find a contractor who sticks to his or her word, consider whether or not they did everything they said they would in regard to the estimate.
Make sure to take the following steps to find a contractor who fits best with your own thinking. When you find a contractor you think you want to hire, make sure that employer has worker’s compensation insurance and general liability insurance in case of accidents on the job.
You might want to be leery of a contractor promising to be an overnight success. A long-time, well-established contractor is likely to be a safer bet. Considering the length of time a contractor has been in business is a good indicator of their ability; however, there are many contractors who claim years of experience.
The contract protects you and the contractor by including everything you have both agreed upon.
Get all promises in writing, and spell out exactly what the contractor will and will not do. When receiving the contract, make sure all sources of concern are involved to avoid a miscommunication.
The best way to prevent a bad experience when you’re trying to find a contractor is to know the warning signs.
Ask the contractor for multiple references from past customers and check them.
A contractor who doesn’t want to provide any references should be avoided.
After you hire a contractor and sign a contract, it’s important to understand what to expect during the course of a project.
A basic scope of work also eliminates some guess work by the contractor. The material is more expensive and it’s usually tougher to install and your contractor should charge you more for installation. Granite or marble tile can look out of place if not installed correctly and properly incorporated into an overall design.
If a contractor happens to be busy he’ll probably still give you a price but he probably won’t give you the best price.
This blog is about the day to day running of a design business and the crazy clients, silly subs, vexing vendors and exasperating employees! I had a potential client in Vail, last year give me an installed budget of 14k for a kitchen, two baths, basement office, oh, and did I mention installed.
I had a potential client with a 2M dollar house in Vail, last year give me an installed budget of 14k for a kitchen, two baths, basement office, oh, and did I mention installed.