Need A Kitchen Makeover?
When it comes to remodeling projects, the kitchen is the space that homeowners invest the most in. The good news is that kitchen remodeling costs can be recovered by the value they add to your home. 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 execute the actual construction, or longer. In fact, the National Kitchen and Bath Association advises spending at least six months on preparation so you are absolutely sure about every little thing by the time construction starts. This way, you won’t have the problem of discovering new things along the way that you want to include that could disrupt the construction process.
Proper planning will also ensure that you are inconvenienced for a limited amount of time during construction. It will also help you stay on budget and might even reduce your costs. 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.
Limit your structural changes
One sure fire way to increase your remodeling costs is to decide to move your electrical outlets, plumbing pipes or knocking down walls. With all the unforeseen issues 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 advice, you need to place emphasis on the overall efficiency and design of your kitchen instead of getting too hung up on kitchen appliances and tools. You may have your eye on a luxury brand refrigerator or commercial grade cooker, but will they actually fit your cooking needs and lifestyle? Experts recommend investing your money in features that are more long term and add reasonable value, such as cabinets or new flooring.
Don’t forget to measure
You will likely add a variety of new features into your kitchen, but it is equally important to find out whether they will actually fit. For instance, the size of your doorway might limit your ability to get the super capacity refrigerator you want. You might think it was obvious, but many times people overlook that any large items that you buy for your kitchen have to make it through your front door. You should make sure to measure your entrances and the height of the ceiling to be certain that you can get all of your large items inside. It is best to make certain that you have all of the materials and fixtures on hand before any construction actually begins.
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Make quality your top priority
Although it is important to be careful about throwing your money around on luxury kitchen items, it is also important to choose durability and functionality, and this won’t always come cheap. Cheap bargains may allow for a lean budget, but they will ultimately cost you a lot more in the long term. You should instead choose products and solutions that combine low maintenance with long warranty periods. There is no better example of this than countertops. High quality countertops may appear to be pricey at first glance, but years from now when they still look beautiful you will likely consider it money well spent.
As part of your plan, make room for the unexpected. No matter how much time you take to plan your remodeling job, there’s virtually no way to avoid an occasional unwanted surprise. That is why, it is always worthwhile to allow yourself a little wiggle room within your project. If you must have it done in January, then it would be wise to plan to complete the project by November just to be safe.
When is it time to call the professionals?
Having the pros from the very start, as early as the planning phase, is a safe way to guarantee that remodeling the kitchen in your Boring home will be successful. Pros know how to simplify what would otherwise seem complicated. We can make you aware all the potential dangers that you should avoid to save yourself a lot of money, and hassle as well. It is also extremely important to maintain open lines of communication with your contractor. This helps us remain on the same page, and makes it easier to keep the project on budget.
Thinking about remodeling the kitchen in your Boring home? Steve’s Home Improvement is your perfect home remodeling partner. We are a team of professional kitchen and home remodeling contractors that will be by your side every step of the way and build the dream kitchen you want. Contact us at (503) 342-8234 today to arrange an appointment.