Many things in your home are subject to the whims of fads and fashions, but your choice of kitchen cabinets sets the tone for your kitchen remodeling plan and anchors the busiest room in your house.
Trends in kitchen cabinets haven’t seen the drastic changes that many other aspects of a kitchen layout have experienced in recent years. That’s a good thing. Kitchen cabinets can project a more timeless, lasting quality to a room where the daily pace can be hectic. That’s not to say that in Madison WI there haven’t been exciting changes and updates. Continue reading
How much does a kitchen makeover cost? The question comes easily. The answer does not. There are many variables. Shooting from the hip on a kitchen update is unwise.
When you meet with a contractor to discuss a kitchen makeover you want to know how much money you’ll need for the kitchen update. In the beginning, you may be asking for an estimate, quote or possibly a bid – to most homeowners, these are interchangeable. To a construction professional, they are not. Knowing and understanding the differences makes reaching a decision easier.+++ Continue reading
Trends in kitchen designs and kitchen updates are spurred by a quest for more functional space, according to building industry leaders. One of these leaders in high-end appliances and kitchen designs headquartered in Madison WI recently completed its 11th annual kitchen designs poll and found that three out of four designers create projects more for function than form, providing aesthetically pleasing design that fits into clients’ living and cooking styles rather than designing a “show kitchen.” Continue reading
A kitchen remodel is a project with many moving parts.
It can be simple with relatively few changes or more involved with many, many components contributing to the final product. In addition, each of those components can have a range of quality levels affecting the cost of a kitchen remodel greatly.
To help you gain more perspective, review the annual Cost vs Value Survey published by Remodeling Magazine. They have documented a variety of kitchen remodel projects to help homeowners understand the cost various kitchen renovation projects represent. It helps people understand the size of investment they will be making in their homes and provides a bit of a head start in budgeting and managing the various expenses. Good budget examples are listed below – Continue reading
A kitchen renovation is a gateway project with the ability to change the entire feel and function of your home.
Many family activities occur in the kitchen, so a kitchen renovation, whether it’s updating fixtures, creating a new footprint or catering to a variety of new activities, will change how you live in your home.
Thinking Outside The Kitchen Renovation “Box”
Thinking “outside the box” when considering a kitchen renovation can be a literal thing to do, not a figurative thing. For example, adding additional room to your home as part of a kitchen renovation can be a great starting point. Continue reading
The right remodeling contractor working on your renovation can be the difference between an adequate project or a great result which you will appreciate for years.
When choosing a remodeling contractor to head up your project, starting the process with a few basic steps can make a huge difference and give you peace of mind throughout the entire process. Consider the following –
A successful remodeling contractor will tell you their largest source of new business is word-of-mouth. Ask family, friends and neighbors about with whom they’ve had good experiences. Find out what made the experience positive. Ask how the contractor handled problems. Ask if they would use the contractor again. These questions will give you great insight. Continue reading
When planning a remodel of any type, a steady-as-you-go process will get the best results for your home, your budget and sanity. Remodeling projects nearly always have many moving parts including contractor schedules, material deliveries, surprises behind the walls and even the homeowner’s schedule or needs.
By definition, a remodel is organized chaos. As a result, getting something done “NOW” can be a recipe for disaster.
Let’s face it, you ARE tearing apart (or open) a major part of your home. The place you live. Continue reading
The outcome of a remodeling project can often be predicted by how well the homeowner does their planning – planning done before a remodeling contractor is even selected for the project.
Why, you ask?
Because remodel projects tend to run more smoothly for a “good” customer.
Look at it this way. Your remodeling contractor can plan for the materials needed, schedule subcontractors and manage the remodel or addition based on what they can control. A good customer will do their best to not change things in mid project, allowing the plan to unfold with few or no adjustments. In these conditions, your project will be completed on time and within budget. But what exactly makes a good remodeling customer? Continue reading