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 tends to have the highest return when comparing it to other areas in the house. That said it takes some intelligent planning and pragmatic decisions if you want to get the most value for your money.
How long should you spend planning?
If you want to do it properly, it might actually take longer to plan your kitchen remodel than the actual construction does. Believe it or not, the National Kitchen and Bath Association actually suggests that you spend a minimum of six months preparing. While this may seem 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. This way, you won’t have the problem of discovering new things along the way that you want to include that could disrupt 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 lower your expenses in the long term, and at the very least help you to adhere to your budget. Keep in mind that disrupting the construction process will likely inflate construction costs and have a negative impact 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 if at all possible, try to leave the water fixtures, appliances and walls where they currently are. You’ll not only save on demolition and reconstruction expenses, but you will also reduce the amount of debris and dust you will have to deal with during your project.
Make the best decisions for the long term
Many people make the mistake of focusing on kitchen tools and appliances rather than the overall design and ultimate efficiency of their kitchen. 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 add reasonable value, such as cabinets or new flooring.
Don’t forget to measure
Regardless of what new features you decide to add, you should make sure you can actually get them in the kitchen. You might want an extra-large refrigerator, but if it won’t fit through your door then you will have to pick a different model. You might think it was obvious, but often times people overlook that any big items that you buy for your kitchen have to make it through your front door. You should be sure to measure your entrances and the height of the ceiling to ensure that you can get all of your large items inside. It is a bad idea to start construction until you have all the materials on hand.
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Go for quality
While you obviously don’t want to waste money on a bunch of overly expensive luxury kitchen items, you also don’t want to buy cheap items now that don’t last. Cheap bargains may allow for a smaller budget, but they tend to cost you a lot more in the long term. You should instead go for products that combine long warranty periods and low maintenance. Countertops are a prime example of this. High quality countertops may appear to be extravagant at the outset, but years from now when they still look beautiful it will be money well spent.
As with any project like this you should always be prepared for the unexpected. It doesn’t matter how much time you spend planning your remodeling job, there’s virtually no way to avoid an occasional unwanted surprise. For that reason, it is always wise to give yourself a little wiggle room within your project. If you must have it ready by December for example, then plan for the project to close in October to be on the safe side.
When should you call us to help?
Getting professional help in Silverton Oregon for the planning phases is a sure fire way to guarantee the success of your kitchen remodeling. Pros have a way of simplifying what would otherwise seem complicated. 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 vital to keep open lines of communication with your contractor. This will ensure that you are always on the same page, and it will definitely makes easier for you stay on budget.
Thinking about remodeling the kitchen in your Silverton home? Steve’s Home Improvement is your perfect home remodeling partner. We are a team of professional kitchen and home remodeling contractors that will walk with you every step of the way and create the dream kitchen you want. For a free, no obligation consultation give us a call at (503) 342-8234.