Falls Church VA
Time For A New Kitchen?
Homeowners invest a good deal more money on their kitchen remodeling projects than on just about every other home improvement project. The good news is that kitchen remodeling costs can be recovered by the value they add to your home. Having said that, it is vitally important to take the right steps and make practical decisions if you are to maximize your return on investment.
How much time should you take to plan?
If you plan your kitchen remodel correctly, it might actually take you the same amount of time to plan that it will take you to carry out the actual construction, or longer. In fact, the National Kitchen and Bath Association recommends spending at least six months planning so you are certain about every little thing by the time the remodeling begins. This way, you won’t have to worry about discovering new things along the way that you wish to include that could affect the construction process.
With the proper preparation we can limit any inconvenience that occurs during the construction phase. More importantly it could lower your expenses in the long term, and at the very least help you to stick to your budget. The last thing you want to do is interrupt the construction process once it has begun. This would likely result in additional construction costs and negatively affect your return on investment.
Keep structural changes to a minimum
One sure fire way to drive up your remodeling costs is to change the location of your plumbing pipes, electrical outlets or knocking down walls. With all the unforeseen problems that can potentially come from this, it is best to simply leave the kitchen structurally intact. You’ll not only save on demolition and reconstruction expenses, but you will also reduce the amount of dust and debris you will have to deal with during your project.
Focus on what matters
Many people make the error of focusing on kitchen tools and appliances rather than the overall design and ultimate efficiency of their kitchen. A luxury brand refrigerator or commercial grade cooker may have caught you eye, but will they actually fit your cooking needs and lifestyle? Long term items such and flooring and cabinets are where you should really put your money.
Break out the measuring tape
Whichever new features you add, you should be certain you can actually get them into the kitchen. You might want an huge fridge, but if it won’t fit through your door then you will have to decide on a different model. To put it simply, don’t purchase any oversized items before you make sure they can get in the door. This will mean measuring your doors, counters, walkways and even ceiling height. It is a bad idea to start construction until you have gathered all the necessary materials.
Falls Church Kitchen Remodeling
Always choose quality
While you certainly don’t want to waste money on all sorts of overly expensive luxury kitchen items, you shouldn’t buy cheap items either because they don’t last. What may appear to be a deal now might cost you more in time. The key is to find the sweet spot between high quality and affordability. You should also focus on products with long warranty periods and low maintenance requirements. For example, good quality countertops may seem really expensive at the outset, but will still look fantastic for many years to come.
Expect the unexpected
You should always leave room for the unexpected. While taking a significant amount of time to plan should reduce the chances of any unwanted surprises, there’s no guarantee that everything will go as planned. For instance, it’s always a good idea to add a little leeway for the completion of your project. If you must have it done in January, then it would be wise to plan to finish the project by November just in case.
When should you call us to help?
Getting professional help from the very start, as early as the planning phase, is a safe way to make certain that remodeling the kitchen in your Falls Church home will be successful. Pros have a way of simplifying what would otherwise seem extremely complex. Expert skills would also be helpful in foreseeing potential problems which you can then avoid and save yourself a lot of money in the process. We always keep open lines of communication with our clients. This helps us remain on the same page, and makes it easier to keep the project on budget.
Are you considering a kitchen remodel for your Falls Church home? Renovations & Designs is here to make the project as relaxed as possible. We are a team of professional home and kitchen remodeling contractors that will walk with you every step of the way and create the kitchen of your dreams. Contact us at (703) 721-4343 today to schedule a free estimate.