Your Kitchen Remodel Success is Fully Dependent on a Good Contractor
Really well designed kitchens have the potential to last 25 years or longer without needed any big improvements or changes. With that in mind, remodeling a kitchen might only happen once in your life. This is a big step to take as a home owner, so you should be sure to find a general contractor for this project that boasts a perfect reputation for quality, integrity, and completing jobs on time and within budget.
It’s also critical to find someone who advances no preconceived notions or preferences for certain approaches and will listen to your goals and dreams for your specific project.
You don’t have to worry if you chose right or have to second guess yourself with Unique Properties. We jump at the chance to provide as many local Dallas testimonials
as you want or need to put your mind at ease about our reputation for quality, integrity, and timeliness. We’ve stayed in contact with many of our clients long after our job is done. Many of them have recommended us to friends and family, which we consider to be the biggest compliment in the world.
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The following information about homeowners tips for a kitchen remodel was found on cultivate.com. Click here for more cultivate articles about kitchen remodeling.
Some Homeowners Learned the Hard Way: Get Kitchen Remodel Tips from Them
Unfortunately, hard lessons are all to often expensive when dealing with a kitchen remodel. No one has the budget or time for that. There’s no reason not to seek advice from people who have already completed a kitchen remodel; like your family, friends, and neighbors. They can tell you big mistakes to watch for or maybe what could have gone even better. Even if you can avoid one single mistake, their advice is worth the savings. We talked to Cultivate readers who’ve done kitchen remodels to get you’re advice list started.
“Look at lots of pictures of kitchens before you begin to find out what you like and don’t like. Then, stay completely away from what you don’t like.”
—Chris Okazaki, Greenwood Village, CO
Leave Emotions Out of the Equation
“Don’t let sentimentality compromise your design. I’d always liked the tile backsplash in my kitchen so I kept it when we remodeled, but now it makes the entire project look dated.”
—Jackie Pritchett, Boise, ID
Drawers Are More Important Than You Think
“Be sure to use full-extension glides on all your drawers (you’ll want the back of the drawer to pull out beyond the lip of the counter) and insist on the most heavy duty glides possible. The better hardware seems like an investment upfront, but it pays out over the long run. Glides are used daily, and the higher quality makes all the difference in function and durability.”
—Anne-Marie Lamarche, Capitola, CA
“We asked for more recessed lighting than the builder proposed because we wanted lots of light, but I wish we went with pendant lights over work areas instead. Not only would they have provided more directed light for food prep, but they would have helped make the overall space feel cozier.”
—Sara Kimball, San Antonio, TX
Details, Details, Details
“I learned that space-saving details, like shelving in unused corners and shallow pantry storage in an adjacent hallway is one of the best things you can do for small kitchens. A combination microwave/oven, an electric cooktop that doubles as a workspace when not in use, and aluminum slatted shelving over the sink to drain dishes makes the most of a small space.”
—Shereen Taylor, New York City, NY
Take Friends’ Kitchens on a Test Ride
“Before we started our remodel, my wife and I went to friends’ houses and cooked meals on their ranges to truly understand which appliance we wanted. I even carried my hard-to-fit stemware and large plates to the showroom to do some trial dishwasher loading before finally settling on the one to purchase.”
—Garth Jensen, Denver. CO
The Contractor is Critical
“Choosing the right contractor is key to a successful kitchen remodel. I’ve heard the nightmares. Luickly, our contractor was on the job daily supervising the work. He provided great resources for materials, kept the work on schedule, and patiently dealt with problems as they arose—which they always do. He was available and responsive at all times. If we hadn’t hired the right contractor our remodel would have been a nightmare.”
—Suzanne Evans, Salt Lake City, UT
Make it Bright
“There are ways to make a dark kitchen light—without
breaking the bank. Choose white painted cabinets and use reflective surfaces, like stainless steel and Vetrazzo, for countertops. Multiple sources of light (including undercounter lighting, recessed lighting and pendants) can turn a dark space into a warm, inviting room.”
—M.J. Pritchett, Piedmont, CA
Measure Twice, Cut Once
“Opt for the best finishes you can afford, and make sure to ‘measure twice, cut once.’ Our cabinets had to be cut down after they were installed to accommodate the refrigerator, which wasn’t happy for anyone involved.”
—Rebecca Watkins, Villa Park, IL
Custom Cabinets Are Worth It
“Be sure to include special drawers/cabinets. I have one drawer with two layers for silverware that I love—but I wish I included more!”
—Michelle Loosli, Arlington, VA
Refrigerator, Than the Rest
“Choose a fridge first. It’s the kitchen’s bulkiest item, so once you’ve determined its size and, more importantly, where it will go, the rest of the design flows from there.”
—Christophe Rat, Orinda, CA