Need A Kitchen Makeover?
When it comes to home improvement projects, the kitchen is the room that homeowners invest the most in. The reason is that kitchen remodeling has the tendency to have the highest return in comparison to other areas in the house. 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 take longer to plan your kitchen remodel than the construction itself takes. You may not believe this, the National Kitchen and Bath Association actually suggests that you spend at least six months planning. This seems like a bit of overkill, but it would definitely help you to be absolutely sure about everything before any construction began. This way, you won’t have to worry about discovering new things along the way that you want to include that could affect the construction process.
With the proper preparation we can reduce your level of inconvenience that comes about during the construction phase. More importantly it could save you some money in the long term, and at the very least help you to adhere to your budget. Always remember that disrupting the construction process will likely increase construction costs and negatively impact your return on investment.
Limit your structural changes
One sure fire way to increase your remodeling costs is to change the location of your plumbing pipes, electrical outlets or knocking down walls. With all the unexpected problems that can potentially come from this, it is best to leave the kitchen structurally intact. 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
A word of advice, you need to place emphasis on the overall functionality and design of your kitchen as opposed to getting too hung up on kitchen appliances and tools. A luxury brand refrigerator or commercial grade cooker may have caught you eye, but will they actually fit your cooking needs and lifestyle? Long term items such and cabinets and flooring are where you should really focus your investment.
Do your new features fit?
Regardless of what new features you decide to add, you should make sure you can actually get them into the kitchen. Case in point, the size of your doorway might limit your ability to get the extra large refrigerator you want. In other words, don’t purchase any large items before you are sure they can fit through the door. This will mean taking measurements of your doorways, counters, walkways as well as the ceiling height. It is a bad idea to start construction until you have all the materials on hand.
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Go for quality
Although it is a good idea to be careful about throwing your money around on luxury kitchen items, it is just as important to go for durability and functionality, and this won’t always come cheap. Low-quality bargains may allow for a smaller budget, but they tend to cost you a lot more in the long run. You can instead select products that combine low maintenance with long warranty periods. Countertops are a prime example of this. High quality countertops may seem expensive at first glance, but several years from now when they still look beautiful you will likely consider it money well spent.
As with any venture like this you have to be prepared for the unexpected. It doesn’t matter how much time you take to plan your remodeling job, there’s no way to avoid an occasional unwanted surprise. For instance, it’s always a good idea to add a little leeway for the completion of your project. If you have to 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 from the very beginning, as early as the planning stage, is a smart way to make certain that remodeling the kitchen in your Fairview home will be a huge success. Pros know how to simplify what would otherwise seem extremely complex. Our expert skills would also be helpful in foreseeing 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 helps us remain on the same page, and makes it easier to keep the project on budget.
Thinking about remodeling the kitchen in your Fairview home? Steve’s Home Improvement is here to make the project as stress free as possible. We are a team of professional kitchen and home remodeling contractors that will walk with you every step of the way and build the dream kitchen you want. Call us today at (503) 342-8234 today to schedule an appointment.