When you decide that its time to
take out the old and bring in the new remember there are a few
things you should thing about for you get started. Planning can
me the difference in a successful smooth remodel or a big pain.
Do it yourself or Contractor?
It is very true that doing
the job your self can save you loads of cash, but if your not
skilled with cabinets, flooring, building, you may want to leave
it to the pro's and hire a contractor. When looking
for a contractor get your friends to give you recommendation or
ask around. Check the contractor out on local sites such as yelp
and the Better Business Bureau. Get references form the
contractor and call those references. Make sure the
contractor as insurance in case something goes wrong.
Don't forget the permits! Before
you or your contract gets started check with your local city
offices to make sure that you have all the proper permits.
Permits insure that your contract is following code and keeps
you and you're family safe from electrical fires, bad building
practice, etc. Oh and its the law so save your self the
Now you might
be thinking what does my neighbors have to do with any of this?
its my home I can do what I want. You would be correct, however
taking in consideration for your neighbors is not a bad idea.
When you start a big remodeling project its a good idea to talk
to your neighbors and let them know what your doing, if for no
other reason so they know stranger will be in and out of your
home. Nothing like the police being called on your
contractor. Plus there will delivery trucks, noise, disposal
services coming and going. Make sure that you don't a lot
of noise in either early morning or late evening, it may be a
good idea to check with your city about times and noise
before you go all Bruce lee on your old kitchen and walls with a
sledge hammer you need to stop think for just a second. Hmmm...
oh yah turn off the water, electric breakers, want save any of
those old cabinets, are any of the walls load-bearing?
Before you go knocking down walls you may want to bring in an
expert like a structural engineer to make sure it safe.
once that's all done now go Bruce Lee on that old kitchen. Don't
forget where eye protection and mask!
What to do with the
you have torn up everything you could just load it all up and
take it off to the landfill or you can sell some if it, give it
away. Take those old cabinets you saved and sell them on
craigslist or just set them out by the street and give them
away. You could check with recycling centers a lot can be
done with what you don't want. Also if you have an older home
before 1975 you may want to contact local health department for
regulations on asbestos and the proper handling.
The style of your home should
play a big role in your kitchen remodel. Why? Well you want
there to flow form one room to another so you should consider
the rest of your home before going crazy with the remodel. Do
you have a dining room? or does your kitchen need to allow for
eating as well? Also think about the flow from refrigerator to
the stove to the sink or what is called the kitchen work
triangle. If your unsure about this talk to your cabinetry
retailer. Otherwise, just do it up.
With cabinets you defiantly
get what you pay for so take the time to choose them right and
don't just rush in on a good deal. Make sure you look at
the cabinets are thy flimsy, stapled-together particleboard
cabinets? If so you may want to skip them and look for solid
wood or veneer cabinets that will stand the test of time. Check
the drawer slides and hinges for sturdy construction.
Always consider the best possible way to get the maximum storage
for the space and money you have to spend.
Should you put in an
island? islands are great for extra counter space, seating, and
to hide an appliance such as the dishwasher. However, make
sure that there is enough room to get around and other appliance
doors won't bang into it.
Take time in choosing your
countertop! Make sure that it will go with your cabinets. Color
is important with countertops, if you have dark cabinets you
might want to go with a lighter countertop for contrast or flip
it if you have lighter cabinets. There are tons of style's
of countertops form cement to laminate. check out
www.lifetimesurfaces.com for more countertop ideas.
You have to consider your
taste when getting appliances! Choosing an energy efficient
appliance is always good, but decide ahead of time gas or
electric range/oven. What size refrigerator do you need for your
family? Make sure you check with your dealers on there prices
for warranties, return policy, and what they charge for
delivery. Buy the brands that you know and trust don't let a
salesman push into to something (they do have agenda's!).
As stated before think
about contractor or not contractor. However, its always a good
idea to put up a little extra that what you budges for the
unexpected expense. Unexpected expense will come up its almost a
sure thing in remodeling. A good way to have a little extra is
to put up an extra 10% than your original budget. This will
usually cover most extra's, unless you go wild, or at least
soften the blow of a big hidden expense you just didn't account
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