Our Helpful Tips for Kitchen Remodeling
Very few home improvements are more significant for purposes of lifestyle improvement, not to mention resale value, than kitchen remodeling. A well done remodel provides a beautiful new look for your home, and the usefulness of modern appliances and countertops can’t be overestimated.
Of course, the design and construction phases can be complex. But a qualified local home remodel contractor can become a part of the process very early, helping you to make decisions that will make a big difference in how you manage time and budget. We put together a short guide to walk you through the important parts, and would be happy to hear from you if you’d like a quote and our guidance.
Determine early on the scope of the changes you require. For example, kitchen remodel jobs can involve flooring, countertops, cabinets, appliances, walls and paint. It’s a great idea to carefully weigh your priorities in the case of a limited budget.
We would be happy to discuss your options, and help you to understand where cost and benefit collide. In other words, we want to create the kitchen of your dreams, not pounce on a project designed only to line our pockets.
The Planning Phase
Begin by grabbing a notepad and pencil. Gather the family around the dining room table and begin to sketch the changes necessary to modernize your kitchen. For example, if you’ll be changing appliances, do you favor stainless steel or a particular color? Is there a need for convenience items such as a lazy susan, perhaps a garbage chute?
And don’t forget about your plans for cabinets. The facing of your cabinets is an enormous footprint within your kitchen and an attractive look, one that complements the appliances and color scheme of your flooring and walls is crucial.
There have been spectacular advances in the technology behind refrigerators, dishwashers and ovens. We will help you make great choices depending on your priorities.
Things to consider include the size of your family, the amount of entertaining you may or may not do, and access to utilities such as gas. We will be happy to help you narrow down the selection.
Choices in Cabinetry
The selection available for kitchen cabinets is massive these days. Do you favor hardwoods like cherry or oak, or perhaps a pine? These choices can make a significant difference in terms of cost, not to mention durability.
You might want to visit our showrooms to appreciate how we’ve paired both warm and modern cabinets with a wide array of flooring and appliances to see if anyone style is best for you.
Your Kitchen Countertops
Once you’ve begun to put together the aesthetic pieces of the puzzle, namely your cabinet and appliance appearances, you’ll want to complement all that work with lovely countertops. These come in a variety of materials and colors, and a qualified home remodel contractor will be best at describing these options.
We feel that first selecting appliances, countertops and cabinetry is crucial to arriving at the perfect color for your walls. Clearly, any color can be created in today’s mixing station, and so paint has been rendered more a complement than ever. Gloss, semigloss, we have it all covered.
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Zeroing in on the Right Custom Kitchen Contractor
Not All Home Remodeling Companies Are Created Equal
We worked hard to build our reputation and reviews based on hard work and fair job quotations. When we put together a proposal, we go out of our way to include all the time we need to be at your disposal for the ever crucial design phase. Decisions made here will make all the difference to your happiness for years to come.
We also provide realistic time frames for when we can begin and complete the job. Everyone has a nightmare, horror story about contractors who promised the world and did not deliver. The last thing we ever want is to be associated with one of those terrible experiences.
Even more important, we do every project from start to finish. Rather than relying on subcontractors, and having to juggle their unpredictable schedules, we’ve made a decision to keep all of our talent in house.
Not only are we experienced, but we enjoy the smiles of every happy customer. Our goal is that your kitchen becomes a true touchstone for your home, and a jewel that you can’t wait to show off to friends and neighbors.
Now when you’re ready to get out there and look at all the world of countertops you better plan on spending a lot of time.
But you do have to be careful for any potential leaks with dishwashers or under your sink or icemakers and make sure that no water gets to it. Also what I’ve found is that it helps to put a little throw rug in the high traffic areas like in front of the sink or some of the more common walkways.
Another alternative to get that look of wood but not put wood down is the laminate flooring which is something that you’re seeing a lot. Very do it yourself friendly but make sure that it’s warranted for a high moisture use like bathrooms and kitchens. RIDGID has got an all-in-one tool that’s gonna be perfect for helping you with your faucet and your sink installation.
You know if you’re installing a new faucet and you’ve got to get up underneath that countertop, it’s a really tight area in there to reach up in there. Well this tool is perfect because of it’s long design, it’s going to be able to get up in that tight space and loosen those nuts that are holding your faucet in place. You know, the shut-off valve sometimes can get very corroded and it’s very hard to turn, well this tool will help you turn it as well.
And if you’re installing say a sink, it holds the strainer basket in place so you can turn that locknut and get a nice tight fit.
So, whether you’re a professional plumber, or a weekend warrior, this tool is going to help you with virtually all of your plumbing projects. If it doesn’t do the job that you want it to do you’re not going to be happy either.
And they discovered that each had slightly different agendas in terms of appliances. But the one thing that I’ve loved the most is the icemaker. That was one of my little perks that we had to get in there.
But now days you can get it with a mirrored finish, brush finish or satin bowl with mirrored finish so all those decisions have to be made. But another reason to select the faucet at the same time is that some faucets require only one hole, others three holes. And others require three holes plus an extra one for the sprayer.
Now you could also use some of the extra holes you have in a sink to install say an instant hot water dispenser or a filtered water dispenser or even one of the soap dispenser that a lot of people find very convenient.
So you’ll see a lot of things to select at the home center when you’re looking for the right plumbing fixture so plan on spending some time on that as well. Now step number ten is choosing the right light fixture.
Now task lighting can be achieved in a number of different ways. One is to install a low profile fluorescent under the wall mounted cabinets to provide a nice glow of light right on the counters where you may be doing some of these tasks. Another way is to strategically place recess lights so that the cone of light will illuminate right where you want that light.
Now this is a light fixture that hangs from the ceiling on a small down rod and these can be positioned anywhere you want, very popular way of kind of lighting up an island cabinet. Now these look a lot better than the fluorescents of years ago because the covers over these fixtures completely block out being able to see the fluorescent tubes themselves because that can kind of have an institutional or kind of a cheap look to it.
A lot of people are committed to thinking green but I think the man who really put it on the map was Dr. Seuss. I mean, who hasn’t heard of green eggs and ham?
Well, I’d like to take it to the next level. Here’s a simple way to make your coffee green, stop using stir sticks.
I know it sounds kind of petty but would you believe that Americans throw away 138 billion coffee stirrers every year? But the solution isn’t having to drink your coffee black. That’s not to say a few surprises won’t come up every now and then because when you’re tearing into a wall or digging into something that someone else built well you may find a few things.