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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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.
Place a shelf beside or behind the range to keep cooking oils, utensils , and spices handy.
Place S hooks on the side of the range hood to hang frequently used pots and pans. Tired of lugging water-filled pots from the sink to the cooktop?
A swing-out tap – also called a pot filler – installed near the cooktop fills pots near where you heat them.
Or you can install an extra-long hose attachment on your main faucet to fill pots on the cooktop.
Have a designated spot for knives This makes it easy to spot the right knife for a job and keeps dangerous items out of children’s reach. A knife drawer such as this one has slots that hold knives in place and sheath the sharp blades. Put a bulletin board, chalkboard, or whiteboard on the wall, and store a calendar, notebook, and writing utensils in a nearby drawer.
Glass refrigerator shelves catch spills that wire shelves let through. Flush-set or undermount sinks don’t have a crumb-catching rim to worry about.
Matte finishes don’t show dirt as much as glossy ones do. Avoid boring, heavy blocks of doors and drawers by adding interesting details such as glass doors and display shelving Or try wine storage or windows. Dark color schemes shrink an already small space and make it less inviting.
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Using two different colored cabinets actually works here and fits with the oversized stainless steel appliances and the marble effect top on the huge island. It’s classy with a galley feel thanks to the dark wood floor and subtle color combinations.
This pricing structure assumes that carpenters charge an average of $70 per hour, electricians between $65 to $85 per hour, painters between $20 and $35 per hour and plumbers between $45 and $65 per hour.
This does not take into consideration the removal of old cabinetry and the potential for reinforcement of walls and floors. Energy-efficient range – Average of $400 to $600 (without delivery and disposal fees for old machine and without any rebates taken into consideration). Energy-efficient dishwasher – Average of $400 to $600 (without delivery and disposal fees for old machine and without any rebates taken into consideration).
Energy-efficient refrigerator – Average of $800 to $1000 (without delivery and disposal fees for old machine and without any rebates taken into consideration). Energy-efficient microwave – Average of $400 to $600 (without delivery and disposal fees for old machine and without any rebates taken into consideration). Replace 30 linear feet of laminate countertops – Average of $20 per linear foot, for a total of $600.
Install mid-level sink and faucet – Average price for a double basin sink is $220 to $380, and faucet set of $100 to $200, for an average total of $450.
Replace existing flooring with medium quality resilient flooring – Average of $25 to $35 per square yard, for a total of $775. Provide plumbing to code – The average plumber is going to base their pricing on each individual element of the project.
Please note that providing consent does not obligate you to purchase or use any product or service. A mirrored backsplash, an electric cooktop that doubles as countertop, and simple cabinetry help give the illusion of grandeur. A crown ceiling painted white, with Harbor lights from Urban Archaeology casts a glow over the island.