Need A Kitchen Makeover?
When it comes to remodeling projects, the kitchen is the area that homeowners invest the most in. A primary reason is that kitchen remodeling has the tendency to have the highest return in comparison to other rooms in the house. With that said it takes some smart planning and practical decisions if you want to get the most value for your money.
How long does the planning phase take?
If you plan your kitchen remodel properly, it might actually take you as long to plan that it will take you to carry out the actual construction, or even more. In fact, the National Kitchen and Bath Association recommends spending at least six months planning so you are certain about everything by the time the remodeling starts. This way, you won’t have the problem of discovering new things along the way that you want to add that could interrupt 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.
Keep structural changes to a minimum
One sure fire way to increase your remodeling costs is to change the location of your plumbing pipes, electrical outlets or knocking down walls. These often lead to unforeseen problems, so whenever possible, try to keep the water fixtures, appliances and walls where they currently are. You will not only save on demolition and reconstruction expenses, but you will also reduce the amount of dust and debris you will have to deal with during your project.
What are your priorities?
A word of advice, you should really focus on the overall efficiency and design of your kitchen instead of 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? Experts recommend investing your money in features that are more long term and increase value, such as flooring or new cabinets.
Break out the measuring tape
You will likely add a few new features into your kitchen, but it is equally important to determine whether they will actually fit. You might want an huge fridge, but if you can’t fit it through your doorway then you will have to choose a different size. Simply put, don’t purchase any oversized items before you make sure they can fit through the door. This will mean taking measurements of your doorways, counters, walkways and even ceiling height. It is also recommended to make sure you have all your fixtures and materials before construction starts.
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Always choose quality
Even though it is important to be careful about splashing your money on unnecessarily expensive kitchen items, it is also important to choose functionality and durability, and this may not come cheap. What may appear to be a bargain now might end up costing you more in time. The key is to find that balance between high quality and affordability. You should also focus on products with low maintenance requirements and long warranty periods. Case in point, good quality countertops may seem costly at the start, but will look great for a long time to come.
You should always leave room for the unexpected. While taking a good amount of time to plan should minimize any unwanted surprises, there’s no guarantee that everything will go as planned. For example, it’s always wise to leave a little leeway for completing the project. If you must have it done in January, then it would make sense to plan to finish the project by November to be on the safe side.
Where do professionals come in?
Having professional help in Newberg Oregon during the planning phases is a sure fire way to guarantee the success of your kitchen remodeling. Pros know how to simplify what would otherwise seem extremely complex. We can point out all the potential problems that you should avoid to save yourself a lot of hassle, and money as well. It is also extremely important to keep open lines of communication with your contractor. This will ensure that you are always see eye-to-eye, and it will definitely make it easier to stay on budget.
Are you considering a kitchen remodel for your Newberg home? Steve’s Home Improvement is your perfect home remodeling partner. We are a team of professional kitchen and home remodeling contractors that will be by your side every step of the way and deliver the dream kitchen you want. Give us a call at (503) 342-8234 today to schedule a free estimate.