Need A Kitchen Makeover?
When it comes to home improvement projects, the kitchen is the space that homeowners invest the most in. The reason is that kitchen remodeling has the tendency to have the highest return in comparison to other areas in the house. Having said that it takes some smart preparation and pragmatic decisions if you want to get the most value for your money.
How much time should you take to plan?
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 advises spending at least six months planning so you are sure about everything by the time the remodeling starts. The longer you spend preparing the less likely it is that you will discover a some new component that you want to add that could interrupt the construction process.
With the proper planning beforehand we can reduce your level of inconvenience that occurs during the construction phase. 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.
Avoid structural changes if possible
If you start tearing down walls, or moving plumbing pipes and electrical outlets your remodeling costs will drastically increase. With all the unforeseen problems that can potentially come from this, it is best to leave the kitchen as structurally intact as possible. Not only will you reduce your demolition costs, but there also won’t be anywhere near the same level of debris to deal with during the project.
Make the best decisions for the long term
Many people make the error of focusing on kitchen tools and appliances rather than the overall design and ultimate efficiency of their kitchen. The luxury brand refrigerator may seem like a must have item, but if it negatively impacts the budget and makes you cut corners that ultimately reduce your kitchens functionality then you will probably regret it. Experts recommend investing your money in features that are more long term and increase value, such as cabinets or new flooring.
Do your new features fit?
You will likely add a few new features into your kitchen, but it is equally important to find out whether they will actually fit. You might want an huge fridge, but if you can’t fit it through your door then you will have to choose a different size. You might think it was obvious, but many times people forget that any bulky items that you buy for your kitchen have to make it through your front door. This will mean measuring your doors, counters, walkways as well as the ceiling height. It is best to make certain that you have all of your materials and fixtures on hand before beginning any construction.
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Always choose quality
While you clearly don’t want to blow you money on all sorts of unnecessary luxury kitchen items, you shouldn’t buy cheap items either because they don’t last. Cheap bargains may allow for a smaller budget, but they will ultimately cost you a lot more in the long term. The trick is to find that balance between affordabiliy and high quality. You should also focus on products with long warranty periods and low maintenance requirements. Case in point, high quality countertops may seem pricey at the start, but will still look fantastic for a long time to come.
As with any project such as this you have to be prepared for the unexpected. While taking a significant amount of time to plan should reduce the chances of any unwanted surprises, there’s no way to guarantee that everything will go according to plans. That is why, it is always worthwhile to give yourself a little flexibility within your project. If you have to have it done in January, then it would make sense to plan to complete the project by November just to be safe.
When should you call us to help?
Having professional help in Wilsonville Oregon during the preparation phases is a sure fire way to virtually guarantee the success of your kitchen remodeling project. You may feel overwhelmed from the outset, but we have years of experience to help streamline the entire process. Our expert skills would could help you foresee potential problems which you can then avoid and save yourself a lot of trouble, and possibly money. It is also important to keep open lines of communication with your remodeling contractor. 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 Wilsonville 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 create the dream kitchen you want. Give us a call at (503) 342-8234 today to arrange an appointment.