Need A Kitchen Makeover?
When it comes to remodeling projects, the kitchen is the space that homeowners spend the most on. One of the reasons is that kitchen remodeling has the tendency to have the highest return when comparing it to other rooms in the house. Having said that it takes some smart planning and practical 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 right, it might take longer to plan your kitchen remodel than the actual construction does. Believe it or not, the National Kitchen and Bath Association actually recommends that you spend a minimum of six months planning. This may seem like a bit too much, but it would definitely help you to be certain about everything before any construction began. This way, you won’t have the problem of discovering new things along the way that you wish to include that could affect the construction process.
Proper planning will also make certain that you are inconvenienced for a minimal length 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.
Keep structural changes to a minimum
One sure fire way to drive up your remodeling costs is to decide to move your plumbing pipes, electrical outlets or knocking down walls. With all the unexpected problems that can potentially come from this, it is best to leave the kitchen as structurally intact as possible. 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.
Focus on what matters
Many homeowners make the error of focusing on kitchen tools and appliances 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 lasting items such and cabinets and flooring are where you should really focus your investment.
Do your new features fit?
You will likely add a small number of new features into your kitchen, but it is just as important to find out whether they will actually fit. Case in point, the size of your doorway might limit your ability to get the extra large fridge you want. It may seem obvious, but many times people forget that any large items that you buy for your kitchen have to make it through your front door. You should make sure to measure your entrances and ceiling height to be certain that you can get all of your large items inside. It is best to make certain that you have all of the fixtures and materials on hand before any construction actually begins.
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Make quality your top priority
While you certainly don’t want to waste money on all sorts of unnecessary luxury kitchen items, you shouldn’t buy cheap items now that don’t last. What may seem like a deal now might end up costing you more in the long run. The key is to find that sweet spot between affordabiliy and high quality. You should also focus on products with long warranty periods and low maintenance requirements. For example, top quality countertops may seem really expensive at the start, but will still look fantastic for a long time to come.
You should always leave room for the unexpected. While taking a good amount of time to plan should reduce the chances of any unpleasant surprises, there’s no guarantee that everything will go as planned. For that reason, it is always worthwhile to allow yourself a little leeway within your project. If you have to have it completed by December for example, then plan for the project to close in October to be safe.
When is it time to call the professionals?
Getting professional help from the start, as early as the planning stage, is a smart way to guarantee that remodeling the kitchen in your Woodburn home will be successful. Pros have a way of simplifying what would otherwise seem complicated. Our expert skills would also be helpful in foreseeing potential problems which you can then avoid and save yourself a lot of trouble, and possibly money. 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.
Thinking about remodeling the kitchen in your Woodburn home? Steve’s Home Improvement is here to make the project as relaxed as possible. We are a team of professional kitchen and home remodeling contractors that will walk with you every step of the way and deliver the kitchen of your dreams. For a free, no obligation consultation give us a call at (503) 342-8234.