If someone tells you that kitchen remodels aren’t messy then get your running shoes on and run really, really fast, in the other direction. You want to choose a team that keeps in mind that you still have to live in your home during a remodel. That team will care for you through the little things, like putting up plastic to protect your space, and cleaning up after themselves every day, and through treating your home like you would want anyone else to. Your team should also work with you to come up with the best solutions if problems should arise. All of this is important to maintaining your sanity!
What our team loves most? The design and execution of something spectacular within the constraints of your space, your taste, and your budget; that’s what gets us out of bed each day. We are at heart, a bunch of problem solvers. We regularly solve the problems of design in difficult space, crazy plumbing or electric in the way and of course, the problem of matching your dream with the established budget. Kitchen cabinets can be expensive. There is a cost correlation to quality. We have spent a lot of time researching cabinets to make sure our clients get cabinetry finish warranties that allow them to get the best bang for their buck. It’s important to share your budget with us in advance so we can help you stick to it. Here are some things to think about when considering a kitchen remodel and how it relates to your budget:
- The bricks and mortar construction portion of your project can cost anywhere from 30% to 50% of your overall budget, depending on the scope of your project.
- It’s better to get a quote for the actual design and materials you want to use rather than having a budget based on allowances.
- Your team matters. The better they listen to you, mesh with your personality and have experience, the more it will make for a smooth process and 'on budget' kitchen remodel project.
- Set up a temporary replacement space for whatever it is you are remodeling. If it’s a kitchen, you will need a temporary space to have a fridge, microwave, and place to clean up. (If you are doing a bathroom remodel, make sure you are committed to sharing another bathroom for an extended period of time.)
- Pack up everything in advance! Things get dirty during construction. The more you clear out and cover up, the better off you are in the end.
- Start a collection of take-out menus and stock up on crock pot pre-made freezer meals.
- Take your friends and neighbors up on invites to dinner!
- Prepare for dust. When you shake up one room, you shake the dust loose everywhere else in the house. Make sure your crew masks off the area they are working on if they can.
- Prepare a staging space for your crew to bring in materials and tools; it can be a garage or carport area depending on the weather.