Our Helpful Tips for Kitchen Remodeling
Very few home improvements are more significant for purposes of lifestyle improvement, not to mention resale value, than kitchen remodeling. A well done remodel provides a beautiful new look for your home, and the usefulness of modern appliances and countertops can’t be overestimated.
Of course, the design and construction phases can be complex. But a qualified local home remodel contractor can become a part of the process very early, helping you to make decisions that will make a big difference in how you manage time and budget. We put together a short guide to walk you through the important parts, and would be happy to hear from you if you’d like a quote and our guidance.
Determine early on the scope of the changes you require. For example, kitchen remodel jobs can involve flooring, countertops, cabinets, appliances, walls and paint. It’s a great idea to carefully weigh your priorities in the case of a limited budget.
We would be happy to discuss your options, and help you to understand where cost and benefit collide. In other words, we want to create the kitchen of your dreams, not pounce on a project designed only to line our pockets.
The Planning Phase
Begin by grabbing a notepad and pencil. Gather the family around the dining room table and begin to sketch the changes necessary to modernize your kitchen. For example, if you’ll be changing appliances, do you favor stainless steel or a particular color? Is there a need for convenience items such as a lazy susan, perhaps a garbage chute?
And don’t forget about your plans for cabinets. The facing of your cabinets is an enormous footprint within your kitchen and an attractive look, one that complements the appliances and color scheme of your flooring and walls is crucial.
There have been spectacular advances in the technology behind refrigerators, dishwashers and ovens. We will help you make great choices depending on your priorities.
Things to consider include the size of your family, the amount of entertaining you may or may not do, and access to utilities such as gas. We will be happy to help you narrow down the selection.
Choices in Cabinetry
The selection available for kitchen cabinets is massive these days. Do you favor hardwoods like cherry or oak, or perhaps a pine? These choices can make a significant difference in terms of cost, not to mention durability.
You might want to visit our showrooms to appreciate how we’ve paired both warm and modern cabinets with a wide array of flooring and appliances to see if anyone style is best for you.
Your Kitchen Countertops
Once you’ve begun to put together the aesthetic pieces of the puzzle, namely your cabinet and appliance appearances, you’ll want to complement all that work with lovely countertops. These come in a variety of materials and colors, and a qualified home remodel contractor will be best at describing these options.
We feel that first selecting appliances, countertops and cabinetry is crucial to arriving at the perfect color for your walls. Clearly, any color can be created in today’s mixing station, and so paint has been rendered more a complement than ever. Gloss, semigloss, we have it all covered.
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We worked hard to build our reputation and reviews based on hard work and fair job quotations. When we put together a proposal, we go out of our way to include all the time we need to be at your disposal for the ever crucial design phase. Decisions made here will make all the difference to your happiness for years to come.
We also provide realistic time frames for when we can begin and complete the job. Everyone has a nightmare, horror story about contractors who promised the world and did not deliver. The last thing we ever want is to be associated with one of those terrible experiences.
Even more important, we do every project from start to finish. Rather than relying on subcontractors, and having to juggle their unpredictable schedules, we’ve made a decision to keep all of our talent in house.
Not only are we experienced, but we enjoy the smiles of every happy customer. Our goal is that your kitchen becomes a true touchstone for your home, and a jewel that you can’t wait to show off to friends and neighbors.
The first step in this project is to remove the existing countertop material until you’re left with bare wood.
Paint this surface black, because it will be visible between the pennies. Next, for an optional step, use a vinegar and salt mixture, then baking soda and water, to shine the pennies.
Or, simply purchase sets of fresh pennies from the bank, and sort out the best examples. One this has been added, you can lay in your pennies, packed tightly, taking care not to overlap anywhere. To purchase glass at the correct size, go to a local store like Lowe’s or Home Depot and have them custom cut glass pieces for you.
Place the cabinet door face down and use a thin layer of caulk around the frame, where your glass will sit.
Place the glass, and be sure to wipe any excess caulk immediately from the glass. Let this dry, then attach your fasteners to the back, making sure that they are not visible from the front of the cabinet. The first step is to create plate hangers, using paperclips.
To secure the paperclips to the plates, use a serious craft glue, like E-6000 Gorilla Glue does not work.
This project is for converting recessed lighting into pendant lighting.
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Simply use a fine-tip Sharpie to define edges of the raised trim, being extra careful to not “draw outside the lines,” as the ink is very permanent. These shelves are glass which are place in front of windows providing more shelving space without obstructing much natural light.
The panels can be cut with an exacto knife and glued directly to any ceiling material, including the popcorn ceiling.
Once in place, they offer detail and elegance that would be hard to match with even expensive and time consuming paint jobs.
Pallet wood can be cut into 18 inch planks, cleaned thoroughly or even stained, and then adhered to any existing backsplash wall with liquid nails. Using only a saw, caulk, and sander, you can cut and finish pieces of wood to the correct size and create segments in your drawers for a simple, beautiful upgrade. First, you can harvest dead trees from any local forest legally.
Run the pieces through a saw for 1″ segments after thoroughly cleaning the bare floor.
Sand both sides of the wood discs before gluing them directly to the concrete. Apply a light coat of polyurethane before mixing a sawdust and grout solution to fill in the spaces.
Finally, cover with 2-3 coats of polyurethane to create the smooth, beautiful finished floor. The island is the most interesting choice, involving cutouts for circular bowls on a raised platform.
This allows for food storage space and a spot for your pet to feed without obstructing foot traffic or risking spills. Using embroidery hoops, wood stain, and chicken wire, you can craft a barrel shaped frame to affix to any simple lighting solution purchased at your local Lowe’s or hardware store. Follow the full instructions here Once the structure has been crafted, head outside to paint the wire itself black, if you please.
The light fixture itself can be placed inside and the light weight will allow the entire piece to be hung without additional support. The process involves simply emptying your pantry, removing the shelving, and using a stencil to paint an intricate pattern on the backing wall. Once the shelves have been repainted (white works perfectly) you can replace them for a fantastically fresh pantry.
With some sanding and finishing, you’ll have a spectacular, standout, country minimalist dining table. Laying the tiles out is simple – as tile will be purchased on large sheets, you can cut the mesh backing on the sheets to fit the tile along counters and cabinets.
The most involved portion will be choosing the look you prefer, as tiles come in a wide range of shapes and materials, with variations like glass or metallic tiles built in for accent.
While these can be purchased pre-made for around $80, you can build them yourself. Using a chalkboard or magnet board, wire frames, wood planks, and even baskets, you can craft a central point in your home for leaving notes, collecting mail, and more.
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