Planning a kitchen remodel is a great way to improve your home and life. It’s one of the best ways to add value and appeal to if you’re selling. And, if you’re staying, you get the benefit of enjoying a new kitchen and increasing the value of your home at the same time!
According to the 2017 Remodeling Impact report from the National Association of Realtors, show that 51% of owners discover that the most important result of a remodel is better functionality and livability. Kitchen renovations and upgrades were at the top of the list for expected resale value. This will depend on factors such as the extent of the upgrade in style, materials, and features.
Measure Twice, Cut Once
As with any project, the time you invest in the planning phase is directly related to achieving your desired outcome. If you don’t prepare, you may need or want to change the design in the middle of the project. This will increase your costs and timeline. You’ll want to consider the following:
Traffic Patterns – How many people can comfortably work in your kitchen? Do appliance doors get in the way of walkways? Does the design make sense from a common-sense standpoint? Think about where you want to do your dishes, organize your pantry items, and prep your meals. I, personally, like to look out a window when I’m washing dishes.
Current Usability & Desired Functionality – What happens in your kitchen? How would you like to use it in the future? Would you like to invite more people over of all ages or is it mainly for family use? Where do you prep your meals? Think about the best location for a cutting board or adding a cabinet trash and recycling center. How about drawers in the lower cupboards to make it easier to get to the items in the back?
Ergonomics – If you and your spouse are 6’4”, for example, you want to think about higher countertops – but not too high as resale will be a factor in that decision. Any type of disability would factor into your design decisions, as well as planning for assistance needed as you age if you plan on living there after retirement.
Temporary Kitchen – You’ll need a plan to cook and wash dishes while your kitchen is out of commission.
Build in a Cushion – Add in extra time and money in case of unexpected issues.
Choose your Materials and Fixtures -prior to requesting a bid – This will help the contractor provide a more accurate quote.
Avoid these Materials
- Entry Level Plastic Laminate – There are plenty of quality laminate options to choose from.
- Flat Paint – High gloss or semi-gloss can withstand multiple scrubbings.
- Lower-end Thermofoil Cabinet Fronts – Thermofoil is heated and molded vinyl with a fiberboard base. Lower quality fronts are susceptible to heat, warping, and durability issues.
- Lacquered Cabinets – High gloss is pretty to look at, but because there are numerous layers to get that shine, it’s expensive to repair.
- Inexpensive Sheet Vinyl Flooring
Finding a Contractor
- Integrity and Dependability are key. Look for contractors in your area with great reviews. Check their Google and Facebook accounts as well as their website. Ask if you can contact a couple of previous customers to talk to them about their experience. Have a list of questions that you’d like to ask and don’t forget to discuss personality types as some may work better with you than others.
- It can be a plus to find a contractor with an in-house designer. A professional will provide knowledge and experience that can make this process much more enjoyable and successful.
- Though timeline issues are common in the building industry and often outside of the contractor’s control, a good contractor will have a noticeably better turn-around time.
- Look at projects on their website. This will help you get a feel for their attention to detail as well as give you ideas for your design.
You will ultimately want a contractor that has a reputation for quality, timeliness, and customer service. At Pacific Premium Builders, we provide all of this and more. Call us today at (503)974-4442.