Time For A New Kitchen?
When it comes to remodeling projects, the kitchen is the area that homeowners spend the most on. The good news is that the costs of kitchen remodeling can be recovered by the value they add to your home. That said it takes some smart preparation and pragmatic decisions if you want to get the most value for your money.
How long does the planning phase take?
If you want to do it right, it might actually take longer to plan your kitchen remodel than the construction itself takes. In fact, the National Kitchen and Bath Association advises spending at least six months on preparation so you are certain about every little thing by the time construction begins. This way, you won’t have the problem of discovering new things along the way that you want to add that could disrupt the construction process.
Proper planning will also ensure that you are inconvenienced for a limited amount of time during construction. It will also help you stay on budget and even save a good amount of money. Keep in mind that interrupting the construction process will likely increase construction costs and ultimately impact your return on investment.
Avoid structural changes if possible
One sure way to drive up your remodeling costs is to change the location of your electrical outlets, plumbing pipes or knocking down walls. These often lead to unexpected problems, so if at all possible, try to keep the water fixtures, appliances and walls where they currently are. Not only will you reduce your demo costs, but there also won’t be anywhere near the same level of dust and debris to deal with during the project.
What are your priorities?
A word of warning, you need to focus on the overall efficiency and design of your kitchen as opposed to getting too hung up on kitchen appliances and tools. The luxury brand refrigerator may seem like a need, but if it negatively impacts the budget and makes you cut corners that ultimately reduce your kitchens functionality then you will probably regret it. Long lasting items such and cabinets and flooring are where you should really focus your investment.
Do your new features fit?
You in all likelihood add a variety of new features into your kitchen, but it is just as important to determine whether they will actually fit. For example, your doorway size might limit your ability to get the super capacity fridge you want. Simply put, don’t purchase any oversized items before you are sure they can get in the door. You should make sure to measure your entrances and the height of the ceiling to ensure that you can get all of your large items inside. It is also recommended to make sure you have all your fixtures and materials before construction starts.
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Go for quality
Even though it is a good idea to be careful about throwing your money around on unnecessarily expensive kitchen items, it is just as important to go for functionality and durability, and this may not come cheap. Cheap bargains may allow for a lean budget, but they will ultimately cost you a lot more in the long run. You can instead select products and solutions that combine low maintenance with long warranty periods. For instance, top quality countertops may seem costly at the start, but will look great for a long time to come.
As with any venture such as this you have to be prepared for the unexpected. While taking a significant amount of time to plan should reduce the chances of any unpleasant surprises, there’s no guarantee that everything will go as planned. For that reason, it is always a good idea to give yourself a little flexibility within your project. If you have to have it done in January, then it would be wise to plan to complete the project by November just to be safe.
When should you call us to help?
Getting the pros from the very start, as early as the planning phase, is a safe way to make certain that remodeling the kitchen in your Miami home will be a huge success. You may feel overwhelmed from the outset, but our team has years of experience to help streamline the process. Expert skills would also be helpful in foreseeing potential problems which you can then avoid and save yourself a lot of money in the process. It is also extremely important to keep open lines of communication with your remodeling contractor. This helps us remain on the same page, and makes it easier to keep the project on budget.
Thinking about remodeling the kitchen in your Miami home? Renovations & Designs is your perfect home remodeling partner. We are a team of professional home and kitchen remodeling contractors that will be by your side every step of the way and build the kitchen of your dreams. For a free, no obligation consultation call us today at (305) 699-2955.