Dreaming Of A New Kitchen?

What to think about BEFORE a kitchen renovation.

As a general contractor, I have seen the ins and outs of many kitchen remodels. Kitchens are one of the most rewarding residential renovation projects for both the contractor and homeowner! On average, the remodel can cost between $10,000 and $20,000 while bringing in an average ROI (return on investment) of around 90%. Kitchen renovations are large projects with many components all working together to make a congruent and efficient space for your home. It’s because of the complexity of kitchen renovations that we at COR Improvements, recommend looking into hiring a general contractor to help take some of the stress and unknown out of the equation!  But before that, take a look at the following list of what to be aware of BEFORE you dive on in.

Study your existing kitchen: How wide is the entrance into your kitchen? It’s a common mistake many homeowners make: Buying the extra-wide range only to find they can’t get it in the doorway. To avoid mistakes like this, create a drawing of your kitchen with measurements for doorways, ceilings, counters, walkways.

Think about traffic patterns: Is your kitchen set-up in a “work triangle” to minimize movement while maximizing the ease of cooking for your family? Do you have to circle the island to get from the sink to stove? Or do you have to close the dishwasher to get into the fridge? Think about what layout would make the most sense for your kitchen. Kitchen remodeling costs are usually higher than any other room in the house due to the sheer complexity of all the components from design, layout, function and materials.  Should you decide to move plumbing, knock down walls or move appliances around, it will have a large impact on the investment you will need to make.  Keep the vision of what you are trying to accomplish with the heart of the home!

Design with ergonomics in mind: Drawers or pull-out shelves in base cabinets; a wall oven instead of a range; a lazy susan or a corner cupboard: These are all features that make a kitchen accessible to everyone, maximize space usage — and a pleasure to work in, so plan them out!

Choose all your fixtures and materials before starting: Contractors will be able to make more accurate bids, and you’ll lessen the risk of delays because of back orders or shipment errors.

Plan for the unforeseeable: Even if you’ve planned down to the number of nails you’ll need in your remodel, expect the unexpected. Include a backup plan for completing the remodel. Want it done by Christmas? Plan to have it done before Thanksgiving.

Install cabinets that reach the ceiling: They may cost more — and you might need a stepladder — but you’ll gain valuable storage space for Deviled Egg platters and other once-a-year items (plus, you won’t have to dust cabinet tops).

Hang it up: Mount small shelving units on unused wall areas; hang stock pots and large skillets on a ceiling or wall mounted rack; and add hooks to the backs of closet or pantry doors for aprons, brooms, and mops.

Don’t be afraid to seek help: A professional designer can simplify your kitchen remodel. General Contractors help make style decisions, foresee and solve potential problems, and organize the sub-contractors. Call us today at COR Improvements to schedule a consultation meeting!

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