Before you even call a Kitchen Remodeling Contractor Make Some Smart Money Decisions
Planning a Kitchen Remodeling Project?
Before you contact a Kitchen remodeling expert or head to a show room there are some aspects of components and costs that you want to consider, There are some things that you might want to splurge and add to your budget because long term they just will make life so much easier and there are other things that may add future headaches.
To give you some ideas from a TV kitchen makeover superstar we went to the website of This Old House. Here's what we thought you 'd want to know
Worth the Splurge
1) Second sink: Place it outside of the main cooking and cleanup zone so that a second chef can prep food, wash hands for dinner, or bartend during parties.
2) Paneled cabinet ends: These decorative panels, which are essentially oversize doors fixed to any exposed sides of cabinets, give your kitchen a custom-built, furniture-like look.
3) Full-extension, soft-close drawer glides: Installed under or on the sides of a drawer, they allow it to pull completely out of the cabinet so that you can reach everything inside. Plus, they eliminate slamming.
Not Worth the Splurge
1) Glazed, distressed, and crackled finishes: These can increase cabinet costs by as much as 30 percent and can start to look dated as trends change.
2) Pot filler: It does make filling the pasta pot easier, but it doesn't help with the far worse task of carting boiling water to the sink when your fettuccine is done.
3) Wine fridge: Do you really need 18 bottles of Pinot within arms reach and kept at precisely 55 degrees?
How Do the Costs of Remodeling Get Spread amongst the component parts?
Some Rules of Thumb to Follow
- Easiest way to save big: Keep your current layout. Taking down walls, and moving gas lines, plumbing connections, and electrical wiring will quickly erode your budget.
- 3 ways to save on Kitchen Cabinets
a. Choose a manufacturer that offers the door style and finish you want as a standard option, with no up-charge.
b. Don't pay for factory-built or custom organizers. Aftermarket utensil dividers, rollout trays, and back-of-the-door spice racks are a fraction of the cost at websites such as organize.com and cabinetparts.com.
c. Avoid custom configurations. You can often use stock wine organizers, cubby units, and even appliance panels to fill awkward spaces that might otherwise require you to buy a custom cabinet.
Use factory made-to-order cabinets rather than custom cabinets, for some big benefits including cost savings:
a. Warranties of up to 25 years on cabinets, accessories, workmanship, and internal hardware.
b. Controlled environment that yields more stable wood, which reduces warping and splitting later.
c. Computerized cutting tools that offer more precise joinery than anything done by hand.
d. Baked-on finishes that are more durable than local guys' air-dried ones. Dust-free finishing rooms also provide a smooth-as-glass surface.
- Under Cabinet Lights
- XENON Accurate color, wide beam, and dimmable, but can get hot to the touch. Widely available at home centers and kitchen showrooms. $25–$125 for a 24-inch cabinet uninstalled
- LED Energy-efficient, long-lasting bulbs; so thin you don't need much of a lip to hide fixtures. Can have a bluish tint unless rated at 3,500 or lower on the Kelvin scale. A new technology, so pricier and harder to source. $75–$190 for a 24-inch cabinet uninstalled
- Display Cabinets on the Cheap - Really... but they look better than the expensive kind
- Rather than stacking glass-doored cubby units over upper cabinets, just order tall two-panel wall cabinets with squares of glass at the top. You'll save 25 to 45 percent.
- Get Creative
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