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.
This lighting can be installed under almost any wall cabinets.
Not only will this extra lighting help you as you chop vegetables or find a new recipe for tonight’s dinner, but with the help of a dimmer, you can create a romantic feel for date night.
Working with electricity can get dangerous, so be careful before you go installing your undercabinet lighting.
We all have those deep cabinets with foods we didn’t even know existed, but swing-out cabinets brings all our goods right in front of our eyes.
Swing-out cabinets will also greatly declutter one of the busiest rooms in your home.
This option has gained popularity for corner cabinets, but any cabinet can be altered with some rails, new wood and extra nails. But resist the temptation to get something too personal or cutesy. Replacing existing doors with glass-paneled ones looks like a major upgrade,” Scott says.
Opt for frosted glass, if you feel like your shelves aren’t display-worthy. Or, ditch the doors altogether to create the effect of open shelving.
Display your favorite dishes and bowls to add a bit of interest to the room.
If you’re irked by your kitchen’s decades-old light fixture, replace it with a colorful pedant. Since lighting is so important in any room, this one change can totally transform the entire space. New drapes can really spruce up a space, but think twice about the type of treatment you hang on the window above your sink.
Don’t have the skills to install tile or cash for a contractor? Just make sure you pick up a semi-gloss, Kristy adds. According to Scott, you can get a new laminate surface for a few hundred dollars.
You might be surprised by the nicer laminate options (like this marble lookalike ) that have surfaced since you last shopped for counters. Adding white beaded board to the peninsula and painting the existing cabinets a warm white brightened up this formerly dark space. Mismatched chairs and stools are all coordinated with a crisp coat of white paint.
The room’s focal point is the unique light fixture, made from a simple track-lighting system concealed by a wooden box and wine bottles. Some of the wine bottles are used as shades on the lights , while others are hung for additional decoration. They cut the wine bottles with a bottle cutter purchased online.
In a budget-friendly makeover , newly painted cabinets , chic cabinet hardware, and stainless-steel appliances freshened the look.
To further boost the kitchen’s style, the laminate countertops were replaced with warm butcher block, and neutral ceramic tile replaced the red linoleum floor.
Open shelving installed around the refrigerator implemented even more storage, keeping everyday dishware within easy reach.
Empty space next to the range was the perfect spot to add another cabinet. An eye-catching pendant light replaced a dated glass-globe fixture over the sink and adds a touch of drama, while a new bamboo shade provides warmth and texture, bringing together colors used throughout the room. In the remodeled space, beige paint updates once ho-hum white walls , a glass backsplash with multihue mosaic tiles adds fresh character, and new laminate countertops with a sleek edge profile replicate the look of upscale solid-surfacing.
Fabric scraps from the dining area window treatments dressed up a ready-made Roman shade, which adds a punch of drama at the window. Dishware in shades of red and white continue the room’s color scheme for a cohesive look.
A simple Roman shade made from yellow, green, and white lattice-print fabric adds a touch of softness and introduces a cheerful pattern. The Roman shade’s Moroccan-inspired pattern brings a modern vibe to the room, which is enhanced by a new urban-style pendant light. The light fixture’s antique pewter finish complements the new satin-nickel cabinet hardware and the existing faucet for a coordinated look throughout the room.
With an on-staff team of designers, carpenters, tile setters and a licensed plumber and electrician, AB&K can handle all of your needs. Choose from Cambria®, Corian®, Zodiaq®, and Granite countertops; cabinetry; tile and wood floors.
I’m the first to admit we feature a lot of kitchens that are beyond most budgets (including mine). Faux steel can be purchased online, and can be cut to exacting shapes for your appliances.
You’ll need scissors, pencil, rule, squeegee, sharp knife, and a hairdryer to apply the material. You need to thoroughly clean the surface area of your appliance, and then take care to wash off any residual cleaning chemicals to prevent bubbles from forming.