Archive for Kitchen Remodel

Cold Temperatures Are a Great Time For Inside Renovations

As summer weather starts to turn to fall, most contractors are starting to plan their schedules for the cooler weather.  During the fall, there’s still time to get window replacements or siding installs.  The cold winter months are the perfect time for inside work, like kitchen, bathroom or basement renovations.

If you’re thinking of indoor renovations, you’ll want to start planning now.

First, depending on the renovation, you may need to choose items so they can be ordered.  For example, if you’re doing a kitchen renovation, you’ll need to choose cabinets, counter tops and flooring so they can be ordered in time for renovation to start.

Second, the sooner you start planning, the sooner you can get on the contractor’s schedule.  In a lot of cases, contractors already have work scheduled into the fall and winter months.  So, if you want your project completed at a specific time, it’s vital that you plan early.

As part of the planning process, your contractor will work with you on choices you need to make and arrange for things like permits, subcontractors, etc., and keep you updated on specific timelines for your project.

Remember, work is usually scheduled and completed in the order contracts are signed. So, if you are planning indoor projects this winter, call your contractor today!

Kitchens – Renovate or Remodel?

kitchenDuring these cold, winter months, you spend more time indoors. Because you’re indoors so much, you tend to notice things you would like done to the interior of your home. So, how are you feeling about your kitchen?

If you’re considering a kitchen remodel, there are a couple things to think about. The biggest decision is whether to renovate your kitchen or do a complete remodel.

What is the difference between a renovation and remodel?

  • Renovate means to “make new again.” This would include repainting, re-facing cabinets, add other finishes and fixtures, including light fixtures, faucets, etc. This wouldn’t alter your kitchen drastically but would give it a “refreshed” look.
  • Remodel would change the entire use of your kitchen or alter its structure. When you completely transform a space, like your kitchen, it is considered a remodel. This could include changing the layout of the room and creating a completely reconfigured floor plan.

When deciding whether to do a remodel or renovation, you really want to think about your specific needs or how you plan to use your kitchen long term.

  1. Are you looking for a more open concept kitchen layout and want to combine a kitchen/dining room or kitchen/living room area?
  2. Do you want to install a kitchen island to add more work space while cooking?
  3. Do you want to change the configuration of your cabinets and move appliances to a different location within your kitchen?

Your contractor could give you advice and help you decide what is best for your home and kitchen space. He would consider all aspects of the kitchen including your design preferences, layout and also structural considerations to ensure the renovation or remodel will meet your specific needs and flow with the style of your home.