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
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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 you’re not a fan of the blues, you can certainly decorate a beach house with seagrass and sandy tones, as designer Lisa Sherry did in this coastal kitchen.
Paths within the cooking zone should be 42 inches wide for a one-cook kitchen and 48 inches wide for a two-cook configuration. For kid-friendly kitchen designs, keep the cooktop out of traffic areas so children don’t catch handles and cause spills when running through. The best height and location for a microwave oven depends on the chef and the degree of kid-friendliness desired in the kitchen For adults, 15 inches above countertop level is a good microwave height.
These gorgeous kitchen trends – including minimal upper cabinetry, sparkling quartz counters, and one-of-a-kind ceiling treatments – are guaranteed to stand the test of time. Available in a variety of colors, subway tile is an easy-to-clean backsplash surface that adds simple and timeless style to a kitchen.
The soft green glass tile backsplash in this contemporary kitchen serves as a sparkling backdrop for the industrial stainless steel appliances and dark cabinetry. Choose one main color and a couple of accent colors to use throughout the kitchen, including the backsplash. If you plan to order your own tile from a supplier, be sure to ask about these important components, suggests Stephen Kahn, president of Anchor Bay Tile in Charlotte, NC.
If you choose a beveled tile, you’ll need a corner round trim piece (rather than a bullnose). Ask which trim and decorative moldings come with the tile—these pieces should all coordinate in glaze and thickness, and if you order them in separate batches, there could be discrepancies. When it comes time to sit down with a qualified kitchen and bath designer, they’ll know exactly how to suit your needs, taste and style.
Professional designers will likely charge by the hour and are typically a costlier option than using an in-house designer at a kitchen showroom. This can either be where you spend the bulk of your budget or where you can save big.
This extended island gives this L-shaped kitchen a galley-like feel and features plenty of cabinet storage, counter space and seating. The island in this L-shaped kitchen allows the homeowner to prepare food on one side while entertaining guests sitting on the other side. Kitchen faucets come in single- and double-handled models and can include a separate pull-out sprayer, requiring an additional slot.
This modern-meets-maritime Rockwell City kitchen designed by Anik Pearson uses a unique combination of wood, concrete, and metal to create its sleek and urban, yet nautical look.
The wall to the right of the cooktop was angled to match the doorway — now this kitchen is shaped like a boat, with the cooktop at the prow. Turning a former stable into a sophisticated kitchen in Charlotte, North Carolina , designer Mick De Giulio added modern touches and farmhouse style to the original country building. Artist Michael Duté’s blue and white design brings walls and even the barrel-vaulted ceiling to life.
Salvaged wood, raw steel, and glazed brick give a Rockwell, kitchen designed by Dan Doyle a sturdy, industrial look.
You or your general contractor may end up hiring everyone from cabinet craftsmen to electricians to plumbers to flooring specialists and countertop installation contractors. 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.
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Once the work is complete to your satisfaction and you’ve paid in full, signing a lien waiver or release to indicates the contractor is responsible for any remaining material supplier or subcontractor bills can limit your exposure to mechanics’ liens.
Leave some wiggle room in your budget to cover these surprises. Put your budget and how much you’re actually spending on spreadsheets so you can keep tabs on how much you are actually spending.
Budget outlet appliances ($100 – $2,000) might not last as long as their high-end counterparts, but that will depend on the brand and whether you buy the appliance new or used. If you have outdated outlets and try to plug in appliances, you might need to have an electrician replace them as well – that’s an added $175 to plan into your budget.
You’re going to need a contractor to help you through this process, especially if there are electrical or plumbing changes involved.