Need A Kitchen Makeover?
Homeowners spend a great deal more money on their kitchen remodeling projects than on just about every other home improvement project. A primary reason is that kitchen remodeling tends to have the highest return in comparison to other areas in the house. With that said it takes some intelligent planning and practical choices if you want to get the most bang for your buck.
How long does the planning phase take?
If you want to do it right, it might actually take longer to plan your kitchen remodel than the actual construction does. You may not believe this, the National Kitchen and Bath Association actually recommends that you spend no less than six months preparing. While this seems like a bit of overkill, but it would definitely help you to be certain about everything before any construction began. The longer you spend planning the less likely it is that you will discover a some newfangled item that you want to include that could bring the construction process to a temporary halt.
With the proper preparation we can reduce your level of inconvenience that comes about during the construction phase. It will also help you stay on budget and even save a good amount of money. Always remember that interrupting the construction process will likely inflate construction costs and negatively impact your return on investment.
Limit your structural changes
If you start tearing down walls, or moving plumbing pipes and electrical outlets your remodeling costs will drastically increase. With all the unexpected issues that can potentially come from this, it is best to leave the kitchen as structurally intact as possible. You will not only reduce your demo costs, but there also won’t be anywhere near the same level of debris to deal with during the project.
Make the best decisions for the long term
A word of warning, you really should focus on the overall efficiency and design of your kitchen instead of 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. Experts recommend investing your money in features that are more long term and increase value, such as cabinets or new flooring.
Don’t forget to measure
You in all likelihood add a few new features into your kitchen, but it is equally important to find out whether they will actually fit. You might really want an huge fridge, but if you can’t fit it through your front door then you will have to choose a different model. It may seem obvious, but often times people forget that any big items that you buy for your kitchen have to fit through your door. You should be sure to measure your doorways and ceiling height to make sure you can get all of your large items inside. It is also advisable to acquire all your materials and fixtures prior to construction beginning.
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Always choose quality
While you clearly don’t want to blow you money on all sorts of unnecessary luxury kitchen items, you shouldn’t buy cheap items either because they don’t last. What may seem like a good deal now might cost you more in the long run. You should instead opt for products that combine low maintenance with long warranty periods. Case in point, top quality countertops may seem costly at the start, but will look great for a long time to come.
Expect the unexpected
As with any project like this you have to be prepared for the unexpected. While taking a significant amount of time to plan should minimize any unwanted surprises, there’s no guarantee that everything will go as planned. For instance, it’s always a good idea to leave a little leeway for completing the project. If you have to have it completed by December for example, then plan for the project to close in October to be on the safe side.
Where do professionals come in?
Employing professional help from the very beginning, as early as the planning phase, is a smart way to make certain that remodeling the kitchen in your Beaverton home will be a huge success. Pros know how to simplify what would otherwise seem complicated. Expert skills would could help you foresee potential problems which you can then avoid and save yourself a lot of money in the process. We always maintain open lines of communication with our clients. This will ensure that you are always on the same page, and it will definitely makes easier for you stay on budget.
Are you planning a kitchen remodel for your Beaverton home? Steve’s Home Improvement is here to make the project as stress free 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. Contact us at (503) 342-8234 today to arrange a consultation.