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.
Mine are stained wood and I want them white as well.
The knobs definitely had wear like I expected, but the hinges are great.
So much so that we kept them and I’ve never touched them up. Rustoleum now has the Oil Rubbed Bronze in a paint form and before we replaced the knobs, I touched them up twice with that. We just bought our house in November and, being on a fixed income, we know changes will have to come over time. I’m almost finished with our cabinets and totally loving the new look.
We’re using a gel stain over paint on the lower cabinets. In older homes cabinets are solid wood–even replacements only have solid wood doors. It would be crazy to replace when you can just paint!
My husband and I just bought our second home and I’m dying to dive into the kitchen, but the funds just aren’t there at the moment.
This just shows you can make it livable and still draw it out over a few years span of time.
He’ll upgrade the drawer boxes and shelves – customizing the cabinet INTERIORS for better organization. Painting is a breeze for me but I have never replaced countertops or added/moved cabinets before.
It seems that people (who are not professionals) do this all the time but it seems a bit daunting.
I plan on buying my first home and it needs major TLC.
Sadly, DH bailed on me leaving me with a horrendous mess.
No electricity, no plumbing, no HVAC, 7 cats & 3 dogs. However, he left behind his tools, far more valuable than he was, which I’ve taught myself to use. Every place we’ve rented I’ve had dreams of refinishing, I’m imagining I might go a bit nuts when I can actually do it. Will have to keep this in mind.
That said, I totally would have kept the double oven and green fridge as long as they worked well and tried to find a stove that matched.
I’d prefer yellow, but no one seems to make colored appliances anymore! I imagine you enjoy it even more knowing not only that you did it yourself but also that there’s no debt hanging over you. Cathy I have a friend who recently did her cabinets too.
She used a kit bought at lowes for around $65 and it covered quite a bit of cabinets. It comes with a deglosser (which is supposed to eliminate the sanding step) but she recommended sanding it a bit too. Not make-your-arm-fall-off sanding but just that little extra will help the paint adhere.
She has young kids and so far so good it’s holding up. That was my biggest fear too. She also said waiting between coats of every step is vital!!! Don’t rush it. She also used a stain/gloss type stuff on the insets edges to give it some character and by God it turned out beautiful!!
And she said it wasn’t nearly as difficult as she thought it would be and was kicking herself for not doing it sooner! We do have a project that we’ve been working on over time- TEN YEARS! We purchased our “Love Shack” 10 years ago (with cash) and did an addition- then we moved into the addition, tore down the old part, and rebuilt on top of the old foundation!
It’s still not done, but we’re doing it like you, bit by bit! Thank you for the easy breathing I am now experiencing.
My husband and I just made an offer on a house built in the 50s that’s not terrible but definitely needs some TLC. My desire is to take my time and do things slowly to both save money and get it the way I really want without feeling pressured to have an immediate showroom.
Even when you took it one step at a time it still looked good at each step (not mismatched at all). This was probably a lot less stressful than fronting all the money and having it take extra time all at once! The white makes everything look so much brighter and the counter tops really look great!
However, we installed the wood floors under the dishwasher, fridge, and oven for that reason.
And I’m glad we did, we had to pull the fridge and oven out a few times to clean back there. You can’t open the fridge doors while standing in front of it (not kidding). The dishwasher door when open blocks *all* of the cabinets (seriously).