Need A Kitchen Makeover?
Homeowners invest a lot more money on their kitchen remodeling projects than on just about every other home improvement project. The good news is that the costs of kitchen remodeling can be recovered by the increase in value added to your home. With that said it takes some intelligent preparation and pragmatic choices if you want to get the most bang for your buck.
How long should you spend planning?
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 remodeling, or longer. In fact, the National Kitchen and Bath Association advises spending at least six months planning so you are certain about everything by the time the remodeling starts. This way, you won’t have to worry about discovering new things along the way that you want to add that could interrupt the construction process.
Proper preparation will also make certain that you are inconvenienced for a limited length of time during construction. More importantly it could save you some money in the long run, and at the very least help you to stick 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.
Limit your structural changes
If you decide to start tearing down walls, or moving plumbing pipes and electrical outlets 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 cut the amount of dust and debris you will have to deal with during your 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 tools and appliances. The luxury brand refrigerator may seem like a must have item, 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 cabinets or new flooring.
Do your new features fit?
Regardless of what new features you add, you should be certain you can actually get them in the kitchen. You might want an extra-large fridge, but if you can’t fit it through your doorway then you will have to pick a different model. In other words, don’t buy any large items before you make sure they can fit through the door. This will mean measuring your doors, counters, walkways as well as the ceiling height. It’s a good idea to make certain that you have all of the fixtures and materials on hand before beginning any construction.
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Go for quality
While you clearly don’t want to waste money on a bunch of overly expensive luxury kitchen items, you shouldn’t buy cheap items now that don’t last. What may seem like a good deal now might cost you more in time. You should instead select products that combine long warranty periods and low maintenance. For instance, good quality countertops may seem expensive at the start, but will still look fantastic for a long time to come.
As part of your plan, make room for the unexpected. While taking a good amount of time to plan should minimize any unwanted surprises, there’s no way to guarantee that everything will go according to plans. For instance, it’s always a good idea to leave a little leeway for the completion of your project. If you must have it done in January, then it would be wise to plan to complete the project by November just in case.
When is it time to call the professionals?
Having professional help in Canby Oregon during the preparation phases is a sure fire way to guarantee the success of your kitchen remodeling project. Pros know how to simplify what would otherwise seem extremely complex. Expert skills would also be helpful in foreseeing potential problems which you will be able to avoid and save yourself a lot of money in the process. We always maintain open lines of communication with our clients. This keeps us all on the same page, and makes sure that we keep the project on budget.
Thinking about remodeling the kitchen in your Canby 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 walk with you every step of the way and build the kitchen of your dreams. Give us a call at (503) 342-8234 today to schedule a consultation.