Archive for November, 2012

What to Do When Its Time for a Kitchen Remodel

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Kitchen Remodeling Project

It’s time to remodel your kitchen if you notice any portion of your floor cracked or badly stained and if burns and scratches are all over your once gleaming countertop. Kitchen remodeling is the only solution to your erstwhile problem of inefficient layout in the kitchen. It is also the perfect opportunity to update the features of your kitchen and increase the value of the whole house as a result. However, you will have to prepare yourself because kitchen remodeling is a strenuous process albeit an exciting one. With a little patience and creativity, you will soon have the kitchen of your dreams.

Should You Go with a Minor Upgrade or Major Renovation?

The extent of work in kitchen remodeling varies from minor upgrades to major renovation. Sometimes, all that is needed for a new look is a change of hardware on the kitchen cabinets or re-facing them.  Sometimes, replacement is required for the whole cabinet system, worn out flooring or countertops. These entail simpler jobs but they can greatly improve your kitchen. On the other hand, if you want to enjoy a brand new kitchen, then what you need is a full-scale kitchen remodeling.

The whole process of kitchen remodeling starts by noting down everything that you want in a kitchen. Evaluate your present kitchen and see which features you want to retain, change or upgrade. It will help to scan magazines or the Internet for ideas for kitchen remodeling. Try to clip or print the pictures of kitchen designs and equipment that you want included in your new kitchen. It’s a godo idea to make a file of the kitchen designs and items you like.

Determining Your Kitchen Remodeling Budget

The next step is setting the budget. Determine the amount that you are willing and can afford to spend for your kitchen remodeling and match it with the kitchen design and equipment ideas that you collected. There are some pretty good deals you can get on a number of items although you might have to settle with a few others. Yet, with careful planning, you can still achieve a stylish and well-designed space. This is the time to consult a kitchen designer to help you out with your remodeling plans.

Picking the Right Kitchen Remodeling Contractor

Do take the time and do your homework before picking a contractor. It is a good idea to check out local home improvement outlets or re-modelers to see their field of specialization and check their references. Discuss your goals with the professionals you’re thinking of hiring and try to assess how comfortable you feel when dealing with the contractor. One of your main criteria in hiring is how well the contractor listens to your ideas, and tries to incorporate them in the remodeling of your kitchen. Strive for a cordial, happy relationship with the contractor so they will give their best to this project.

Preparing Your Family for the Kitchen Remodeling

And before the actual work begins, make sure the whole family is prepared for the commotion and disorder associated with any kitchen remodeling. Troubles may be kept to a minimum by planning ahead but the inconvenience is still something that you should learn to live with. Be clear with the contractor about the project timetable and keep the family informed so they can adjust their own expectations accordingly. Pretty soon, all chaos of the kitchen remodeling will be a thing of the past as everybody at home gets to enjoy the comfort and beauty of the new kitchen.