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.
For a fresh, youthful look, the upper cabinet doors were removed and the back of the cabinets were lined with foam core covered in colorful wrapping paper The lively design adds color and interest to the kitchen , and the open shelving keeps everything within easy reach of the cook.
These gorgeous kitchen trends – including minimal upper cabinetry, sparkling quartz counters, and one-of-a-kind ceiling treatments – are guaranteed to stand the test of time. Alternatively, you can buy one (they don’t cost too much money). Kitchen sink installations vary according to manufacturer, design, and style, but for the most part involve some hand tool use, light plumbing, and a lot of care.
Sinks add a dramatic new look without busting the budget like granite countertops or hardwood flooring might. The process involves crafting a pair of X-beam supports and obtaining some quality pecan wood for the tabletop. We’ll also provide you with your own personal Project Manager, who will work to keep the project within budget.
Sand wood floors using a drum sander, edger and scraper to remove old finish. Modular granite tiles are a great option for creating a a high-end look on a budget.
One way to trim cabinet costs is to forego custom cabinetry and go with standard cabinets (those that come in preset sizes, colors, and materials).
But if you want to keep costs down, tile and laminate are good options and can even give you a similar look. If you have to put in new appliances, there’s no way around the hefty up-front costs. Then you can take a closer look at the details that will affect your overall cost.
The cost of new cabinets varies depending on whether you opt for custom or stock cabinets. Semi-custom cabinets ($150 – $1,000) come in the same sizes as stock cabinets, but you can have them detailed at an extra cost. With refacing, you don’t have to replace the entire unit cabinet and still get a brand new face to your cabinet for a fraction of the cost.
Determine whether you need to upgrade your electrical board to accommodate that new refrigerator or oven – which can cost $1,000 on average. In addition to a full project description, the contract should also include the cost estimate and timeline. I put in cherry wood cabinets build from a cabinet maker that’s where most of the cost went along with electrician and plumber.
Take into account the cost of an apartment or hotel, storage fees and moving fees. If you see a cost overrun starting to happen, you can stop it.
Custom-made, solid-wood cabinets with a premium finish and decorative molding can easily cost $1,200 or more per linear foot, which is the way cabinets are normally priced. But you can get attractive cabinets at Ikea or even a local shop for a quarter of that cost if you shop around. And while granite countertops definitely cost more than laminate, if you visit enough stores, you’ll learn that granite itself varies widely in price.
You can get a very good cabinet for a fraction of the cost of some of the big-name manufacturers.
Tile and hardwood can easily range in costs from $1 a square foot to $15 a square foot or more.
This door style usually requires exposed hinges rather than the typical concealed hinges of other door styles that are included in the cost of the cabinet box.
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Furniture found at garage sales and thrift stores – including a $10 farmhouse table – and easy DIY projects give the attached dining room personality without blowing the budget.
New clear glass panels and a fresh coat of paint on the upper cabinets refreshed the room’s style at minimal cost.
Beautiful details and finishes are key to an upscale kitchen, but they don’t have to cost a fortune. That’s why we employ Ashton, MD craftsmen and use the very best Amish-made cabinets and woodwork, matched with contemporary designs and layouts.
Our high-quality workmanship means real beauty and value are built into your home.
It’s where you prepare your meals and it’s where all of your parties gather.
You can reface or refinish your cabinets instead of replacing them, which could save you time and money. Consider some of these alternative options if you want to save money on installing all-new cabinets or appliances.
You should attempt to do as much of the work yourself, and if possible, purchase some of the materials before calling in the professionals.