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.
Assess which projects to do yourself and which are better left to the pros.
Be sure to use the same finish, such as stainless steel, aged bronze or brushed nickel, to keep the room looking cohesive. Sconce lighting at the vanity is the ideal way to get even lighting on your face, and installing it at eye level will help diminish unflattering shadows. Dim lighting is nice for a relaxing bath; bright lights are great for shaving or applying makeup.
Creating a master suite that really stands out means adding something extra. Focus on quality — Picking out fixtures can be a fun, albeit stressful process. We can help choose each fixture to best fit into the space provided.
Avoid the middleman — Because we don’t outsource our work, you’ll receive the same, consistent quality throughout the project. We also buy our materials wholesale and pass the savings on to you.
Although our track record speaks for itself, we like to emphasize our honest and professional service. If I had any concerns, S. was quick to address them and the results were much better than I had anticipated. It can even help you enjoy your own spa-like atmosphere right in the comfort of your own property.
The first step is for us to meet with you and discuss your plans.
That depends on the scope and size of the project, and the amount of work involved. After we meet with you to discuss your plans, we can give you an estimated timeline. Be assured that we make it a priority to stick to the timeline and keep the project moving according to schedule.
However, we know sometimes as things come together minds can change and we’re happy to accommodate.
Just keep in mind that even the smallest change – like an upgrade to a fixture or moving a sink – can impact your budget. Our team of designers are very skilled at asking questions that can help give them insight as to your tastes and preferences.
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We do this by adhering to a strict set of guidelines that serve as the foundation of our process. By ensuring certainty on cost, time and quality, we can help make sure our customers never experience a nightmare project. We provide a breakdown of project scope, line-by-line, giving each customer Cost Certainty.
We strive to keep your inconvenience to an absolute minimum, through what we call Time Certainty. We use only the highest-quality materials, and install everything for maximum dependability. The Dream Assurance Plan is built on a vision – an idea.
The dream comes alive with brilliant choices, a defined plan, a customer advocate, internal office support, and an experienced execution team comprised of company employees and vetted trade partners.
Finding the right contractor puts you on the path to a happy outcome for both you and your home.
This guide provides details that will help you do your homework and get there unscathed. Arrange your free consultation now by calling us at (410) 421-7500 You can also request a consultation using the link below. That’s why we’re here, to give you the tools you need to transform that dream into a reality.
Replace all fixtures to include 30-by-60-inch porcelain-on-steel tub with 4-by-4-inch ceramic tile surround; new single-lever temperature and pressure-balanced shower control; standard white toilet; solid-surface vanity counter with integral sink; recessed medicine cabinet with light; ceramic tile floor; vinyl wallpaper.
If you’re planning on updating or renovating an existing bathroom, what would you like to see improved? Answering these question will help give you a clearer idea of what you want the finished product to look like.
Take an objective look at your budget and take a realistic approach about what you can afford. Don’t skimp on items like the faucet, sink or toilet, for example, because this is a highly utilized area and you want things that are going to hold up. Cheapest isn’t always best. Maybe you keep the floor but change out the sink to meet your budget.
Other typical unforeseen problems can include out-of-date, inadequate or unsafe wiring or plumbing systems. This can mean making sure your contractor uses tile-backing waterproof drywall (also known as green board) where possible, completely seals the floor and shower surround and applies sufficient waterproof caulk around tubs, shower pans and shower fixtures. Because grout is porous, make sure the contractor seals that, too.
Often used for showers, natural stone and travertine can actually be quite fragile and require special cleaning products.