Need A Kitchen Makeover?
Homeowners spend a good deal more money on their kitchen remodeling projects than on just about every other home improvement project. One of the reasons is that kitchen remodeling has the tendency to have the highest return when compared to other areas in the house. Having said that it takes some smart planning and pragmatic decisions if you want to get the most bang for your buck.
How much time should you take to plan?
If you plan your kitchen remodel correctly, it might actually take you as long to plan that it will take you to carry out the actual remodeling, or longer. In fact, the National Kitchen and Bath Association suggests spending at least six months planning so you are sure about everything by the time the remodeling starts. This way, you won’t have the problem of finding out new things along the way that you wish to add that could interrupt the construction process.
With the proper planning beforehand we can limit any inconvenience that comes about during the construction phase. More importantly it could lower your expenses in the long run, and at least help you to adhere to your budget. 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.
Avoid structural changes if possible
One sure fire way to increase your remodeling costs is to change the location of your plumbing pipes, electrical outlets or knocking down walls. These often lead to unforeseen problems, so whenever possible, try to keep the water fixtures, appliances and walls where they currently are. You will not only reduce your demolition costs, but there also won’t be anywhere near the same level of debris to deal with during the project.
What are your priorities?
A word of warning, you need to focus on the overall efficiency and design of your kitchen rather than getting too hung up on kitchen appliances and tools. 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 lasting items such and flooring and cabinets are where you should really put your money.
Don’t forget to measure
You will likely add a small number of new features into your kitchen, but it is just as important to determine whether they will actually fit. You might really want an huge refrigerator, but if it won’t fit through your front door then you will have to choose a different size. I may be obvious to you, but often times people forget 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 and even ceiling height. It is best to make sure that you have all of your materials and fixtures on hand before beginning any construction.
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Make quality your top priority
Even though it is a good idea to be careful about splashing your money on unnecessarily expensive kitchen items, it is also important to choose durability and functionality, and this won’t always come cheap. Low-quality bargains may allow for a smaller budget, but they will ultimately cost you a lot more in the long run. You can instead go for products and solutions that combine long warranty periods and low maintenance. Case in point, high quality countertops may seem expensive at the start, but will still look fantastic for a long time to come.
Expect the unexpected
As with any project such as this you should always 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 way to guarantee that everything will go as planned. That is why, it is always worthwhile to give yourself a little wiggle room within your project. If you have to have it ready by December for instance, then plan for the project to close in October to be safe.
When is it time to call the professionals?
Getting professional help in Troutdale Oregon for the planning phases is a sure fire way to virtually guarantee the success of your kitchen remodeling. Pros know how to simplify what would otherwise seem complicated. We can make you aware all the potential problems that you need to avoid to save yourself a lot of money, and hassle as well. It is also important to keep 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.
Thinking about remodeling the kitchen in your Troutdale home? Steve’s Home Improvement is here to make the process as relaxed as possible. We are a team of professional home and kitchen remodeling contractors that will be by your side every step of the way and build the kitchen of your dreams. Give us a call at (503) 342-8234 today to arrange an appointment.