Need A Kitchen Makeover?
When it comes to home improvement projects, the kitchen is the room that homeowners invest the most in. The good news is that the costs of kitchen remodeling can be recovered by the increase in value added to your home. Having said that, it is vitally important to take the right steps and make smart decisions if you are to increase your return on investment.
How long should you spend planning?
If you want to do it right, it might actually take longer to plan your kitchen remodel than the construction itself takes. In fact, the National Kitchen and Bath Association advises spending at least six months planning so you are absolutely sure about everything by the time the remodeling begins. This way, you won’t have the problem of finding out new things along the way that you want to add that could disrupt the construction process.
Proper planning will also ensure 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. The last thing you want to do is interrupt the construction process once it has begun. This would likely result in additional construction costs and negatively affect your return on investment.
Keep structural changes to a minimum
If you choose to start tearing down walls, or moving electrical outlets and plumbing pipes your remodeling costs will drastically increase. These often lead to unexpected problems, so whenever possible, try to keep the appliances, water fixtures and walls where they currently are. You will not only save on demolition and reconstruction costs, but you will also reduce the amount of dust and debris you will have to deal with during your project.
What are your priorities?
Many homeowners make the error of focusing on kitchen appliances and tools 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. Experts recommend investing your money in features that are more long term and add reasonable value, such as flooring or new cabinets.
Do your new features fit?
Whichever new features you add, you should be certain you can actually get them into the kitchen. For instance, the size of your doorway might limit your ability to get the extra large refrigerator you want. Simply put, don’t purchase any large items before you make sure they can fit through the door. This will mean taking measurements of your doorways, counters, walkways and even ceiling height. It is also recommended to make sure you have all your fixtures and materials prior to construction beginning.
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Always choose quality
Even though it is important to be careful about splashing your money on unnecessarily expensive kitchen items, it is just as important to choose durability and functionality, and this won’t always come cheap. What may appear to be a deal now might cost you more in time. The key is to find the balance between high quality and affordability. You should also focus on products with low maintenance requirements and long warranty periods. For instance, top quality countertops may seem expensive at the start, but will still look fantastic for many years to come.
Expect the unexpected
As with any project such as this you have to be prepared for the unexpected. While taking a good 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 this reason, it is always worthwhile to allow yourself a little wiggle room within your project. If you must have it completed by December for instance, then plan for the project to close in October to be on the safe side.
When is it time to call the professionals?
Getting professional help in Sandy Oregon for the preparation phases is a sure fire way to guarantee the success of your kitchen remodeling project. You may feel stressed out from the outset, but our team has years of experience to help streamline the entire process. We can point out all the potential traps that you must avoid to save yourself a lot of hassle, and money as well. It is also important to keep open lines of communication with your contractor. This ensures that you are always see eye-to-eye, and it will definitely makes easier for you stay on budget.
Thinking about remodeling the kitchen in your Sandy home? Steve’s Home Improvement is here to make the project as relaxed as possible. We are a team of professional kitchen and home remodeling contractors that will be by your side every step of the way and create the kitchen of your dreams. For a free, no obligation consultation call us at (503) 342-8234.