What are critical pieces of information homeowners should have before
embarking on a kitchen remodel?
Jim Grote, Cream
City ConstructionClients need to seriously and honestly decide on
their budget. Sometimes, that is a difficult question to answer but is
needed up front to allow for complete clarity. Project design and
material selections should be well thought-out and completed before
any construction commences. There should also be a completed
construction schedule before the project starts so everyone is on the
same page. Homeowners must establish an area within the house for a
temporary kitchen. If you are working with a quality firm they will
have all of that planned and ready. Prepare yourself and your family
for the inconveniences.
Brillo Home ImprovementsYou are hiring us to handle all aspects of
your remodel. There are many pieces to a kitchen project: demo,
painting, finishing, specialty millwork, appliances; all these parts
need to be decided up front. You also want to know who will do what.
Set realistic budgets. Remember, you get what you pay for. For
example, the level of cabinetry may be different for one person than
Scott-Sweet, BarteltóThe Remodeling ResourceRemodeling can be very
intimidating and making the decision to take that first step can be
overwhelming. Consider your homeís value and limit your budget
accordingly. Talk to the bank. See what they will be willing to give
you to make your dream a reality. Consider resale, but donít be a
slave to it. Remodeling should be done to improve your lifestyle and
create lasting memories. Donít worry too much about that next owner
and what their taste might be.
Q. Where will
homeowners get the most bang for their buck?
in the kitchen are very popular. Also, stainless steel appliances or
wood panel appliance fronts are popular too. When it comes to resale
it seems to make the sale.
money on the front end and youíll save money in the long run. You
donít want to skimp on cabinetry. However, often you can mix and
match higher priced options with lower priced lines from the same
manufacturer. There are many different materials for countertops.
Consider granite or quartz, which is priced somewhat higher. For
flooring I usually suggest to clients that hard wood is the best bang
for the buck. It will last over time. Lighting is critical in a
kitchen and you should allow for this in your budget. Under-cabinetry,
task, switches ó you want enough lighting in your kitchen.
Appliances need to be selected before cabinetry. Sometimes people get
carried away and overspend on appliances. Ask yourself, "Will I
really use it? Do I really cook?" After the fashion statements,
you need to get real.
a designer could be the most sensible decision you make during the
process. Be open with your designer about your budget and let them
guide you on how to make that budget work. Knowing in advance what
that magic number is will allow the designer to design the space
accordingly. Allow your designer to educate you on different materials
and finishes, the pros and cons of each. This allows you the freedom
to decide where you want to spend your money. Ask your designer to
keep you informed of cost-driving design decisions so youíre not
sticker-shocked when it comes time to review the contract. Also, hire
a reputable contractor. Ask for references. Ask to walk through
previous projects. Itís important to feel trust and chemistry. They
are going to be in your life during construction and long after the
project is completed. If you donít feel the "warm fuzzies"
in your initial meetings, it might not be the right fit.
Q. Are there
areas where a homeowner can save money?
mentioned, stone tops are very popular, but one way to get the look
but not spend fortune is look for what they call in the market
"value granite." There is a large selection of stone out
there for homeowners to choose from, but most stone warehouses have
value stone that is usually easily to get, very popular and is readily
available. Typically, you can get the stone at a much reduced cost. So
in the end, you can upgrade to a granite countertop without taking a
big bite out of your budget. It will also make a big difference in
resale of the home.
homeowners like to do their own demolition. You can certainly save
money there. Also, since appliance decisions need to be made well in
advance, do your homework. Shop sales and promotions. Consider
"scratch and dent" or floor models out of the box.
equity" is a great way to save money. Ask your contractor how you
can be involved to save money on your project. Maybe itís doing your
own demolition on the front end or painting on the back end. Maybe you
have a friend/relative who is a tile installer. Take advantage of
these connections but be sure to keep your friend/relative committed
to your project schedule. In other words, if you have to wait for an
out-of-town friend to have a free weekend to come and tile your
kitchen floor, it might not be worth it.