Saint Helens Oregon
Need A Kitchen Makeover?
Homeowners invest a great deal more money on their kitchen remodeling projects than on just about every other home improvement project. The reason is that kitchen remodeling has the tendency to have the highest return when comparing it to other areas in the house. However, it is vitally important to take the proper steps and make smart decisions if you are to increase your return on investment.
How long should you spend planning?
If you plan your kitchen remodel correctly, it might actually take you the same amount of time to plan that it will take you to carry out the actual remodeling, or longer. In fact, the National Kitchen and Bath Association advises spending at least six months on preparation so you are certain about every little thing by the time construction begins. 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 bring the construction process to a temporary halt.
With the proper preparation we can reduce your level of inconvenience that occurs during the construction phase. More importantly it could lower your expenses in the long run, and at the very least help you to stick to your budget. Always remember that interrupting the construction process will likely increase construction costs and negatively impact your return on investment.
Avoid structural changes if possible
If you decide to start tearing down walls, or moving electrical outlets and plumbing pipes your remodeling costs will increase dramatically. With all the unforeseen problems that can potentially come from this, it is best to leave the kitchen structurally intact. You will not only reduce your demo costs, but there also won’t be anywhere near the same level of dust and debris to deal with during the project.
What are your priorities?
A word of warning, you really should place emphasis on the overall functionality and design of your kitchen rather than getting too hung up on kitchen appliances and tools. A luxury brand refrigerator or commercial grade cooker may have caught you eye, but will they actually fit your cooking needs and lifestyle? Long term items such and cabinets and flooring are where you should really put your money.
Do your new features fit?
Regardless of what new features you add, you should make sure you can actually get them in the kitchen. For instance, the size of your doorway might limit your ability to get the extra large fridge you want. It may seem obvious, but many times people overlook that any big items that you buy for your kitchen have to make it through your front door. This will mean taking measurements of your doorways, counters, walkways as well as the ceiling height. You should never start construction until you have gathered all the necessary materials.
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Go for quality
While you clearly don’t want to blow you money on all sorts of unnecessary luxury kitchen items, you also don’t want to buy cheap items either because they don’t last. Low-quality bargains may allow for a lean budget, but they tend to cost you a lot more in the long term. You should instead select products and solutions that combine long warranty periods and low maintenance. For example, high quality countertops may seem expensive at the outset, but will still look fantastic for many years to come.
Expect the unexpected
As part of your plan, make room for the unexpected. While taking a significant amount of time to plan should reduce the chances of any unpleasant surprises, there’s no guarantee that everything will go according to plans. For example, it’s always wise to leave a little leeway for the completion of your project. If you have to have it completed by December for instance, then plan for the project to close in October to be safe.
Where do professionals come in?
Having professional help from the very start, as early as the planning phase, is a safe way to guarantee that remodeling the kitchen in your Saint Helens home will be a huge success. You may feel overwhelmed from the outset, but we have years of experience to help simplify the entire process. Expert skills would could help you foresee potential problems which you will be able to avoid and save yourself a lot of trouble, and possibly money. We always keep open lines of communication with our clients. This helps us remain on the same page, and makes it easier to keep the project on budget.
Are you planning a kitchen remodel for your Saint Helens 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 create the dream kitchen you want. Contact us at (503) 342-8234 today to schedule an appointment.