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.
My contractor insists when all the individually priced flat-pack parts, panels, shelves and man hours are added up, stock real-wood cabinets from his supplier would have been in my budget.
The pendant lights literally and visually help draw a connecting line from top to bottom. A contemporary kitchen with prepossessing wine bar alongside a magnificent modern white kitchen and wine fridge, create an ideal space for entertaining. The modern design keeps the feel sleek and clutter-free and professional grade appliances await your every cooking whim.
The custom blue cabinets in this kitchen form the perfect background for a unique green, blue, and white tile backsplash. A colorful kitchen that any chef would feel right at home in. Pea green shaker style cabinets provide soft color without distracting from other elements of the kitchen.
A simple rustic wood table serves as a kitchen island. If you’re starting a kitchen renovation, now is a great time to create exactly what you want. Frosted cabinets are great for a more modern element, while painted cabinets make for a nice but inexpensive touch.
Please contact us to discuss your kitchen remodel needs and desires.
A small kitchen space immediately feels larger with this mirrored surface and bright white marble countertops. Featured in Blog Cabin 2014, a coffee and tea bar became the inspiration for this cozy coffeehouse design. This neutral kitchen is anything but vanilla where a sculptural limestone backsplash adds texture and depth to a space filled with smooth light wood cabinets and white quartz countertops.
Virtually every color plays well with this metallic kitchen backsplash.
The stainless steel tile provides a modern contrast against multi-hued Fiestaware and dark red kitchen cabinets. This contemporary kitchen takes a sophisticated approach to a penny-tile backsplash.
The tile Jamie Florence Designs used here looks like a mosaic but comes in easily installed 12 x 12 sheets. A slightly darker grout than the colors usually used with glass helps enhance the design by making the details pop.
Made of ceramic tile that Morrow custom designs, cuts and glazes for each of her backsplash installation projects, this design was inspired by the pottery of the Mimbres Indians of Mount Pleasant.
But there are ways to breathe new life into an old kitchen without spending much money. Kitchen cabinetry with tailored storage for your most used small appliances and utensils can keep your countertops clutter-free.
Take plenty of measurements with a tape measure and get a clear idea of the dimensions of your current layout. Don’t assume that you’ll suddenly start making more regular use of your kitchen if it has pricey, stainless steel appliances.
Installing a new sink or faucet is relatively easy if you’re just replacing one fixture with a similar one without changing its location in the kitchen. Depending on the quality and the material, you can purchase a new kitchen sink for less than $60 or for as much as nearly $6,000.
Unless you want to buy a sink-faucet combination package, which can range from about $100 to $1,000, you’ll likely have to select a new kitchen sink faucet separately from the sink. In addition to being pleasing to the eye, the flooring that you use in your kitchen needs to be practical. With a combination of track lighting, recessed lighting and other options, it’s possible to make even a compact kitchen look and feel roomy and elegant
For improvements to just one room or area of the house, a kitchen remodel can involve a surprising number of specialists, depending on its scope. You or your general contractor may end up hiring everyone from cabinet craftsmen to electricians to plumbers to flooring specialists and countertop installation contractors. While this can be easily accomplished for smaller scale kitchen improvements and there are potential cost savings, there are some drawbacks, especially for more involved projects.
One way to find a good contractor is to ask for recommendations from friends, neighbors or family members who have had similar work done.
You can do a more comprehensive search Angie’s List for contractor reviews posted by other Angie’s List members in your community.
Always make sure to ask for proof of a company’s insurance and bonding, if necessary, as well as their contractor or trade license if required. Once the work is complete to your satisfaction and you’ve paid in full, signing a lien waiver or release to indicates the contractor is responsible for any remaining material supplier or subcontractor bills can limit your exposure to mechanics’ liens. In fact, the average homeowner in Charlotte spends almost three hours a day in the kitchen (19 hours per week to be exact).