Need A Kitchen Makeover?
When it comes to home improvement projects, the kitchen is the area that homeowners spend the most on. A primary reason is that kitchen remodeling has the tendency to have the highest return when comparing it to other areas in the house. Having said that, it is important to take the correct steps and make practical decisions if you are to increase your return on investment.
How long does the planning phase take?
If you plan your kitchen remodel correctly, it might actually take you the same amount of time to plan that it will take you to execute the actual construction, or even more. In fact, the National Kitchen and Bath Association advises spending at least six months on preparation so you are absolutely sure about everything by the time the remodeling begins. The longer time you spend preparing the less likely it is that you will discover a some fancy new item that you want to include that could interrupt the construction process.
Proper preparation will also ensure that you are inconvenienced for a limited amount of time during construction. More importantly it could lower your expenses in the long run, and at the very least help you to adhere to your budget. 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 decide to move your electrical outlets, plumbing pipes or knocking down walls. With all the unforeseen problems that can potentially come from this, it is best to leave the kitchen structurally intact. You will not only save money on demolition and reconstruction costs, but you will also cut the amount of dust and debris you will have to deal with during your project.
Make the best decisions for the long term
A word of advice, you really should place emphasis on the overall functionality 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? Long term items such and flooring and cabinets are where you should really focus your investment.
Don’t forget to measure
You will likely add a variety of new features into your kitchen, but it is just as important to find out whether they will actually fit. You might want an huge refrigerator, but if you can’t fit it through your doorway then you will have to pick a different model. In other words, don’t buy any large items before you are sure they can make it through the door. You should be sure to measure your doorways and ceiling height to be certain that you can get all of your large items inside. 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 luxury kitchen items, it is also important to choose 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 go for products that combine long warranty periods and low maintenance. There is no better example of this than countertops. High quality countertops may appear to be pricey at the outset, but several years from now when they still look gorgeous you will likely consider it money well spent.
Expect the unexpected
You should always leave room for the unexpected. Regardless of how much time you take to plan your remodeling job, there’s virtually no way to avoid an occasional unwelcome surprise. For instance, it’s always a good idea to create a little leeway for completing the project. If you must have it ready by December for instance, then plan for the project so it should be completed in October to be safe.
Where do professionals come in?
Getting professional help in Tigard Oregon for the planning stages is a sure way to virtually guarantee the success of your kitchen remodeling. You may feel stressed out from the outset, but we have years of experience to help streamline the entire process. We can make you aware all the potential dangers that you must avoid to save yourself a lot of money, and hassle as well. We always maintain open lines of communication with our clients. This keeps us all on the same page, and makes sure that we keep the project on budget.
Thinking about remodeling the kitchen in your Tigard home? Steve’s Home Improvement is your perfect home remodeling partner. We are a team of professional home and kitchen remodeling contractors that will be by your side every step of the way and deliver the dream kitchen you want. For a free, no obligation consultation call us at (503) 342-8234.