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.
When my kids were young, they would drop their backpacks and gear by the garage door.
And with only a tiny hallway there, we’d be traipsing all over everything trying to find a place to sit and put on shoes, sort through stuff, etc., with dogs barking and trying to bolt out the door the minute we opened it. Basically, the area was a crowded mess where everyone was running into each other. And if there’s one thing all Norwegian homes have that we don’t necessarily have here in Texas, it’s entry halls with storage for your gear. Every comes into your home and either removes or changes their shoes as a result of all the snow and mud.
We too, embraced the habit and brought it back to our home here in the States, however, we’ve never quite had the mudroom entry that our Norwegian home did. I love how I’m able to keep the cabinetry flat against that wall to create a pleasing elevation there, previously it was on an angle. A family of just four typically has to run a dishwasher once a day and still hand-wash what didn’t fit.
In almost any kitchen, there will be a wall or two that simply divides the space. They added what looks like copper tiles to the backsplash – it’s actually copper-colored foil hand-wrapped over cheap white porcelain tiles.
These homeowners got high style at an extremely low price. They went to a hardware store, bought five bags of concrete and poured it into forms they had built themselves.
He welded the wrenches to threaded rods and soaked them in saltwater so they’d rust. These homeowners saved about $10,000 on their countertops by going with a less expensive alternative to granite – an Italian-manufactured product called Okite.
Made from ground quartz, it’s a sustainable material that comes in 90 colors. The pantry doors are made of inexpensive plywood covered in chalkboard paint. This countertop is a natural linoleum made out of cork, linseed oil and wood pulp at a cost of about $30 per sq. ft. It’s very durable but also very smooth.
Instead of using plywood underneath the linoleum, these earth-friendly homeowners used a wheat sheet, which is a byproduct of the wheat industry that contains no formaldehyde. Instead of expensive tile or granite, they bought wire safety glass at a hardware store for $11 a sq. ft., had a glass shop cut it to size and then installed it as a backsplash. Pull-outs allow you to access everything stored in the drawer without straining your back.
Say no to soffits if you want to expand storage. Full extension runners on drawers allow pull-outs to extend completely rather than just three-quarters of the way, Poteat says. This once high-end feature is now common to most drawers, but it’s a good idea to ask the supplier or designer about it.