Are you itching to breathe new life into an outdated or poorly-functioning kitchen? Hold on. Put down the phone. Before contacting a remodeling professional, you'll need to do a little soul-searching and research first.
"[Planning] is the first phase of any project, and sometimes it's the phase that's ignored," says Everett Collier, president of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). "The more pre-planning that one can do, the better off they are."
1. CREATE A STYLEBOOK
If you're even thinking about a kitchen remodel, odds are you have been leafing through design magazines and watching HGTV. Both are great ways to jumpstart the process, but to get the most out of this step, you'll need to do more than turn pages and program your TiVo.
While looking through magazines, tear out photos of kitchens that appeal to you and write what you like about the room in the margin. Then slip the page into a clear sheet protector and insert that into a three-ring binder to create a stylebook.
The Internet is another source for kitchen inspiration. If you see a kitchen that interests you on HGTV, often photos of the room will be available on HGTV.com. (Start by looking at Designers' Portfolio: Kitchens). Simply print the photos and add them to your stylebook. As your stylebook grows, a clear picture of your desired style of kitchen will begin to emerge. That's helpful for you, but it's also helpful for the remodeling professional you will eventually hire.
2. DEFINE YOUR GOAL
There's obviously a reason you want to remodel your kitchen. What is it? Perhaps you want a kitchen that will help with resale in a few years. Maybe you desire a kitchen built for entertaining or one that allows several people to cook at once. This is the time to assess your needs and wants. Make notes about how you plan to use the remodeled space, then try to distill all that information into a one- or two-sentence goal such as, "My casual and open kitchen will be a place for family and friends to relax and enjoy healthy meals."
3. CREATE A BUDGET
To get a general idea of how much you have to spend on a kitchen remodel, you will need to crunch some numbers. NARI offers a worksheet that makes the math easy. Are granite countertops a must-have? How about stainless steel appliances? Do a little research into the costs of your wish list items and compare them with your preliminary budget. Are you on target?
4. SET A TIME BUDGET
When most people hear the word budget, they automatically think of money. However, when remodeling, it's also important to budget time. Is there an event on the calendar that would be affected if your kitchen was under construction? Discuss your time budget when interviewing potential remodelers.
5. HAVE REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS
Above all else, make sure you have reasonable expectations when it comes to your kitchen remodel. Talk to people who have been through the process before.
It's going to take a certain amount of time. It's going to have a certain amount of mess. It's going to be a financial stress, and if you don't know all this ahead of time and you go in with rose colored glasses, then that takes all the fun out of it. And, you know, it should be fun. And with the help of Alexander Kitchens and Baths the process will be smooth and pleasant !!!
If you've already renovated a kitchen or are just beginning the process, you know how overwhelming the details can be. Our Fittings and Material Spotlights are quick guides to basic kitchen fixtures to familiarize you with terminology, pros and cons, and relevant reader reviews. Today we look at kitchen cabinets. What are the differences between stock, semi-custom, and custom kitchen cabinets?
The first thing to know when noting differences between stock, semi-custom, and custom cabinets is that the terms refer to the type of production methods used to make the cabinets, and not to the quality of the cabinets.
Stock cabinets are readymade, pre-manufactured cabinets, meaning they're mass-produced in a factory and ready to ship when ordered. They're sold in modular units, and no customization is available. What you see is what you get! The advantages of stock cabinets are affordability and a quick delivery time. However, you usually have a limited selection of styles, shapes, colors, wood type, etc.
Standard Width: Start at 9" with 3" increments to 48"
Standard Depth: 12" for wall cabinets, 24" for oven, base, and utility cabinets.
Semi-custom cabinets are basically stock cabinets with extra detailing options. The basic cabinetry sizes still apply, but consumers have the option to change certain dimensions, like resizing the cabinet drawers and door fronts, or increasing/decreasing the cabinet depth. The advantages of semi-custom cabinets is that you get the feeling you have some individual input into the design (however limited) without the cost of full-on custom cabinets. But sometimes that's all you need to get great cabinets without the expense of a custom job. Semi-custom truly is the best of both worlds.
Standard Width: Start at 9" with 1" increments to 48"
Standard Depth: Can be reduced or increased according to the manufacturer's guidelines.
Custom cabinets are built to your specifications, so they can be pretty much anything you want! It is possible to buy "custom" cabinets, which means you start with a standard size cabinet and add on the details and features you want. Because of this, custom cabinets are expensive, labor-intensive, and usually take a few weeks or months to complete. Custom cabinets are either built on- or- off-site by a skilled carpenter, or manufactured on a build-to-order basis.
Standard Width: Customizable
Standard Depth: Customizable
What kind of cabinets do you have in your kitchen?
The kitchen serves as the heart and hearth of your home. It's where you prepare your meals and it's where all of your parties gather. Is it any wonder that kitchen remodels are so popular and have the largest payoff in terms of boosting a home's resale value? Of course, kitchen remodels are also the most complicated and can be the most expensive. The average project cost varies depending on the size of your kitchen, the quality of materials, and whether you change the layout of the room.
On average, homeowners report that a kitchen remodel costs $19,832. A smaller project between $10,000 and $20,000 may include painting walls, refacing cabinets, upgrading the sink, and installing a tile backsplash. A $40,000+ renovation will include installing custom cabinets, hardwood floors, granite counters, and high-end appliances. Most homeowners spend between $16,177 and $45,635.
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