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. Having said that it takes some smart planning and pragmatic decisions if you want to get the most value for your money.
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 advocates that you spend a minimum of six months preparing. This seems like a bit of overkill, but it would definitely help you to be certain about everything decision you have to make before any remodeling beings. The longer you spend preparing the less likely it is that you will discover a some newfangled item that you want to incorporate that could interrupt the construction process.
Proper planning will also ensure that you are inconvenienced for a minimal length 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
If you decide to start tearing down walls, or moving plumbing pipes and electrical outlets your remodeling costs will increase dramatically. With all the unexpected issues that can potentially come from this, it is best to simply leave the kitchen as structurally intact as possible. 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.
Focus on what matters
Many homeowners make the mistake of focusing on kitchen appliances and tools rather than the overall design and ultimate efficiency 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 term items such and cabinets and flooring are where you should really put your money.
Break out the measuring tape
Regardless of what new features you add, you should be sure you can actually get them in the kitchen. You might really want an extra-large fridge, but if it won’t fit through your front door then you will have to choose a different model. You might think it was obvious, but many times people overlook that any large items that you buy for your kitchen have to fit through your door. This will mean measuring your doors, counters, walkways as well as the ceiling height. You should never start construction until you have gathered all the necessary materials.
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Make quality your top priority
While you certainly don’t want to waste money on a bunch of unnecessary luxury kitchen items, you shouldn’t buy cheap items either because they don’t last. What may seem like a deal now might end up costing you more in time. The key is to find that sweet spot between high quality and affordability. You should also focus on products with low maintenance requirements and long warranty periods. There is no better example of this than countertops. High quality countertops may may appear expensive at the outset, but many years from now when they still look beautiful it will be money well spent.
You should always leave room for the unexpected. It doesn’t matter how much time you spend planning your remodeling job, there’s no way to avoid an occasional unwelcome surprise. That is why, it is always a good idea to allow yourself a little flexibility within your project. If you have to have it done in January, then it would be wise to plan to finish the project by November just in case.
When should you call us to help?
Having professional help in Molalla Oregon during the preparation phases is a sure way to virtually guarantee the success of your kitchen remodeling. You may feel overwhelmed from the beginning, but we have years of experience to help streamline the process. We can make you aware all the potential dangers that you must avoid to save yourself a lot of hassle, and money as well. We always keep open lines of communication with our clients. This helps us remain on the same page, and makes sure that we keep the project on budget.
Are you planning a kitchen remodel for your Molalla home? Steve’s Home Improvement is here to make the project 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. For a free, no obligation consultation call us today at (503) 342-8234.