Need A Kitchen Makeover?
Homeowners spend a good 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 when comparing it to other areas in the house. That said it takes some smart planning and pragmatic decisions if you want to get the most bang for your buck.
How long should you spend planning?
If you want to do it properly, it might take longer to plan your kitchen remodel than the actual construction does. In fact, the National Kitchen and Bath Association recommends spending at least six months on preparation so you are sure about every little thing by the time construction starts. This way, you won’t have to worry about finding out new things along the way that you wish to add that could affect the construction process.
With the proper planning beforehand we can limit any inconvenience that comes about during the construction phase. It will also help you stay on budget and even save a good amount of money. 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.
Avoid structural changes if possible
One sure way to drive up your remodeling costs is to change the location of your plumbing pipes, electrical outlets or knocking down walls. These often lead to unexpected problems, so whenever possible, try to leave the appliances, water fixtures and walls where they currently are. You will not only save money on demolition and reconstruction costs, but you will also cut the amount of debris 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 instead of getting too hung up on kitchen tools and appliances. 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.
Break out the measuring tape
Regardless of what new features you add, you should be sure you can actually get them into the kitchen. Case in point, your doorway size might limit your ability to get the extra-large refrigerator you want. To put it simply, don’t buy any large items before you make sure they can fit through the door. You should make sure to measure your doorways and ceiling height to ensure that you can get all of your large items inside. It’s a good idea to be sure that you have all of the fixtures and materials on hand before any construction actually begins.
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Go for quality
Even though it is a good idea to be careful about throwing your money around on luxury kitchen items, it is also important to choose functionality and durability, and this may not come cheap. Low-quality bargains may allow for a lean budget, but they will ultimately cost you a lot more in the long term. You can instead choose products and solutions that combine low maintenance with long warranty periods. Countertops are a prime example of this. High quality countertops may appear to be extravagant at the outset, but several years from now when they still look beautiful it will be money well spent.
As with any project such as this you have to be prepared for the unexpected. While taking a good amount of time to plan should minimize any unpleasant surprises, there’s no guarantee that everything will go according to plans. For example, it’s always wise 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 should you call us to help?
Getting professional help in Keizer Oregon during the preparation stages is a sure way to virtually guarantee the success of your kitchen remodeling project. Pros have a way of simplifying what would otherwise seem extremely complex. Our 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. It is also extremely important to keep open lines of communication with your remodeling contractor. This will ensure that you are always on the same page, and it will definitely make it easier to stay on budget.
Thinking about remodeling the kitchen in your Keizer home? Steve’s Home Improvement is here to make the project as relaxed as possible. We are a team of professional kitchen and home remodeling contractors that will walk with you every step of the way and create the kitchen of your dreams. For a free consultation give us a call at (503) 342-8234.