Kitchen Renovation Made Easy
Tips for Your Easiest Kitchen Renovation Ever
The kitchen is often called the heart of the home and so much more. We spend a significant chunk of time here, gathering for meals, socializing, entertaining, and relaxing with a cup of morning coffee. As such a well-loved room in the home, it definitely deserves to be spruced up. However, many first-time renovators may mistakenly believe that kitchen renovations always need to be expensive, disruptive, and taxing. In today’s blog, we’re here to dispel those myths, as well as share several tips for your easiest kitchen renovation ever.
Tip #1: Plan your kitchen’s layout wisely.
During the first steps of your kitchen renovation, it’s crucial to plan your kitchen’s layout based on how you and your household typically utilize the space. Compiling a complete list of your “wants” and “must-haves” is a great way to get started—if you need some inspiration, check out other kitchens online on Pinterest or Houzz. You should also plan a visit to your local appliance stores so you research the relative sizes and costs of your desired appliances. When you’re ready, Craft Master Builders will sit down with you to review your requests and wish lists, help you find your kitchen designer, and together we will organize goals for your kitchen renovation based on priority. Finally, we will compile a vision board to help organize ideas, architectural details, general notes, and other design concepts you are drawn to.
Tip #2: Interview and hire the best general contractor.
Your kitchen renovation will go more smoothly when you hire trained professionals, particularly a licensed and insured contractor, such as Craft Master Builders. Be sure to vet the contractor you are looking to work with by verifying their Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) registration number, asking their past clients to supply references, and even visiting their completed renovations. As a team of experienced professionals, Craft Master Builders will always be courteous to your family and careful with your home, providing the utmost respect to your space, your time, and your privacy.
Tip #3: Balance your budget, but don’t cut corners.
While it’s true that kitchen renovations may cost you big bucks if you’re pulling out all the stops—think granite countertops, the fanciest high-end appliances, and complete layout overhauls—they don’t necessarily have to bust your budget. Consider these options to help spruce up your kitchen while keeping your project within budget:
- Don’t revamp your entire layout before evaluating its potential. It’s still possible to dramatically reconfigure your kitchen by implementing a refreshed organizational scheme.
- For appliances, don’t be swayed by bells and whistles before evaluating some key factors, which include accessibility, safety features, ease of cleaning, and energy efficiency. Prices for each item can vary dramatically, so pricier isn’t always better (or what you even need for your kitchen).
- Expensive materials don’t need to be featured everywhere in your kitchen if it’s going to break the bank. Instead, utilize them in creative accents or high-visibility areas.
- Speaking of visibility, updating your lighting scheme can provide a cosmetic revamp that lets you keep your original layout.
Tip #4: Avoid common kitchen renovation mistakes.
Finally, you can simplify your kitchen renovation by avoiding the most common mistakes first-timers make. Beyond trying to DIY your entire kitchen remodel or hiring an unlicensed contractor to work on your project, another mistake to avoid is failing to solidify all the details ahead of time before putting the job out for bid. Doing so could lead a contractor to assume that you’ll want high-end specs beyond your budget. Keep your goals and vision in mind! At Craft Master Builders, we always encourage our clients to present a set list of requests for their project. Creating a standard allows you to compare quotes from each contractor. Additionally, by sticking to the wish list you brainstormed at the start of your kitchen renovation, you won’t be tempted by add-ons that you’ll never use. This will help you stay within budget as well as build a kitchen that meets your needs for years to come.
At Craft Master Builders, we can transform your current kitchen into the kitchen of your dreams. Our personal approach and five decades of experience in custom homebuilding shine through in the unparalleled quality of our work. Don’t wait to embark on your kitchen renovation—contact us and we’ll help you every step of the way!