Need A Kitchen Makeover?
When it comes to home improvement 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 increase in value added to your home. Having said that it takes some smart preparation and pragmatic decisions if you want to get the most bang for your buck.
How long does the planning phase take?
If you plan your kitchen remodel properly, it might actually take you the same amount of time to plan that it will take you to execute the actual remodeling, or even more. In fact, the National Kitchen and Bath Association advises spending at least six months on preparation so you are absolutely sure about everything by the time the remodeling begins. The longer you spend preparing the less likely it is that you will discover a some fancy new component that you want to include that could interrupt the construction process.
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 might even reduce your costs. Keep in mind that interrupting the construction process will likely inflate construction costs and negatively impact your return on investment.
Avoid structural changes if possible
One sure way to increase your remodeling costs is to decide to move your electrical outlets, plumbing pipes or knocking down walls. 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 debris and dust you will have to deal with during your project.
Make the best decisions for the long term
Many homeowners make the mistake of focusing on kitchen appliances and tools rather than the overall design and ultimate functionality of their kitchen. You may have your eye on a luxury brand refrigerator or commercial grade cooker, but will they actually fit your cooking needs and lifestyle? Long lasting items such and flooring and cabinets are where you should really put your money.
Don’t forget to measure
Whichever new features you decide to add, you should be certain you can actually get them in the kitchen. For instance, the size of your doorway might limit your ability to get the extra large refrigerator you want. To put it simply, don’t buy any oversized items before you are sure they can get in the door. This will mean measuring your doors, counters, walkways as well as the ceiling height. It is also a good idea to acquire all your materials and fixtures prior to construction beginning.
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Go for quality
While you obviously don’t want to blow you money on all sorts of overly expensive luxury kitchen items, you shouldn’t buy cheap items now that don’t last. 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 that combine low maintenance with long warranty periods. Countertops are a prime example of this. High quality countertops may may appear extravagant at the outset, but several years from now when they still look striking you will likely consider it money well spent.
As with any venture such as this you should always be prepared for the unexpected. While taking a significant amount of time to plan should reduce the chances of any unwanted surprises, there’s no way to guarantee that everything will go according to plans. For example, it’s always wise to create a little leeway for the completion of your project. If you must have it done in January, then it would make sense to plan to complete the project by November to be on the safe side.
When should you call us to help?
Having professional help in Damascus Oregon for the preparation stages is a sure way to guarantee the success of your kitchen remodeling. Pros have a way of simplifying what would otherwise seem complicated. Our expert skills would could help you foresee potential problems which you will be able to avoid and save yourself a lot of trouble, and possibly money. We always keep open lines of communication with our clients. 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 Damascus 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 deliver the kitchen of your dreams. For a free, no obligation consultation call us today at (503) 342-8234.