Need A Kitchen Makeover?
When it comes to remodeling projects, the kitchen is the space that homeowners spend the most on. The reason is that kitchen remodeling has the tendency to have the highest return in comparison to other areas in the house. With that said it takes some smart preparation and pragmatic decisions if you want to get the most value for your money.
How long should you spend planning?
If you want to do it properly, it might actually take longer to plan your kitchen remodel than the construction itself takes. Believe it or not, the National Kitchen and Bath Association actually recommends that you spend a minimum of six months planning. This may seem like a bit too much, but it would definitely help you to be certain about everything decision you have to make before any construction began. The longer time you spend preparing the less likely it is that you will discover a some newfangled component that you want to add that could interrupt the construction process.
Proper planning will also make certain that you are inconvenienced for a limited length of time during construction. It will also help you stay on budget and even save a good amount of money. Keep in mind that interrupting the construction process will likely increase construction costs and have a negative impact your return on investment.
Limit your structural changes
If you choose to start tearing down walls, or moving plumbing pipes and electrical outlets your remodeling costs will increase dramatically. With all the unexpected issues that can potentially come from this, it is best to simply leave the kitchen as structurally intact as possible. You will not only save money on demolition and reconstruction costs, but you will also cut the amount of debris and dust you will have to deal with during your project.
Focus on what matters
Many people make the error of focusing on kitchen tools and appliances rather than the overall design and ultimate functionality of their kitchen. The luxury brand refrigerator may seem like a need, but if it negatively impacts the budget and makes you cut corners that ultimately reduce your kitchens functionality then you will probably regret it. Long term items such and cabinets and flooring are where you should really put your money.
Break out the measuring tape
You will likely add a few new features into your kitchen, but it is just as important to find out whether they will actually fit. For example, your doorway size might limit your ability to get the extra-large refrigerator you want. To put it simply, don’t purchase any oversized items before you are sure they can get in the door. This will mean measuring your doors, counters, walkways and even ceiling height. It is a bad idea to start construction until you have gathered all the necessary materials.
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Always choose quality
While you certainly don’t want to blow you money on a bunch of unnecessary luxury kitchen items, you also don’t want to buy cheap items now that don’t last. Cheap bargains may allow for a smaller budget, but they tend to cost you a lot more in the long term. The key is to find the sweet spot between high quality and affordability. You should also focus on products with long warranty periods and low maintenance requirements. Countertops are a prime example of this. High quality countertops may appear to be extravagant at first glance, but several years from now when they still look beautiful it will be money well spent.
Expect the unexpected
As part of your plan, make room for the unexpected. While taking a good amount of time to plan should reduce the chances of any unpleasant surprises, there’s no way to guarantee that everything will go according to plans. That is why, it is always wise to allow yourself a little wiggle room within your project. If you have to have it ready by December for instance, then plan for the project so it should be completed in October to be safe.
When should you call us to help?
Having professional help in Beavercreek Oregon during the planning phases is a sure way to guarantee the success of your kitchen remodeling. Pros have a way of simplifying what would otherwise seem extremely complex. We can point out all the potential problems that you should avoid to save yourself a lot of money, and hassle as well. It is also important to maintain open lines of communication with your contractor. This keeps us all on the same page, and makes it easier to keep the project on budget.
Are you planning a kitchen remodel for your Beavercreek home? Steve’s Home Improvement is your perfect home remodeling partner. We are a team of professional kitchen and home remodeling contractors that will walk with you every step of the way and build the kitchen of your dreams. Call us today at (503) 342-8234 today to arrange a consultation.