By Shawn Vacek, Remodelers of Houston
As a homeowner, our family spends a considerable amount of time in our kitchen for family gatherings as well as welcoming friends. As a contractor, we spend a considerable amount of time helping our clients make their kitchen comfy, inviting, and functional. With proper design, planning, and interaction with a qualified remodeler, the kitchen remodeling process can be both smooth and rewarding.
The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in your house, and it requires careful thought when planning a remodel. Here are some questions to ponder:
- Will new space be added?
- Are we working within an existing footprint?
- Are we completely changing locations of all amenities and functions?
- Will there be structural changes or requirements?
These are essential elements to discuss with a contractor. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. The sooner the concerns and details are on the table, the faster the process of creating solutions will go. Let us now move to some of the details.
The all-in cost is one of the single biggest factors to consider during your kitchen remodel. While everyone would like a kitchen that rivals a photo in a magazine or on a cooking show, the “package” price is definitely worth considering. Kitchens contain two of the single largest items in any remodel or build, appliances and cabinet package.
Cabinets and appliances
The cabinet layout and appliance package go hand in hand; you cannot plan one without the other. A kitchen remodeling project should start with choosing the right appliance package.
Here are some questions to consider:
- What size will your new refrigerator be?
- Will it include a wine cooler or an ice maker?
- Will you select a single or double oven?
- Will you opt for a range or cooktop?
These elements affect the overall cost of the appliance package, but also the cabinet layout, electrical, and plumbing requirements as well. Selecting an appliance package from the onset will ensure that all cabinet, plumbing, and electric requirements are incorporated into the design element. When left unknown, cabinets, plumbing, electric cannot be finalized. Doing the legwork upfront will eliminate voids and promote a smooth project flow.
Up Close and Personal
Kitchens are can also be one of the most personal elements of a home. This is something to consider if resale is a concern. That bright red oven may be your favorite aspect that you built around, but a potential buyer may not be so fond of it! Don’t be afraid to give your kitchen some element of personal identity, as this is what gives most clients the ultimate satisfaction when taking on a kitchen remodeling project. Colors, textures, and flow are all key factors when planning a kitchen remodel.
Countertops and backsplash, flooring and cabinet color, traditional or contemporary, are just a few key finishes that will be going into the pot! Selections of product related items can help tie everything together. Don’t neglect the little things such as cabinet hardware and plumbing fixtures, right down to the color of the walls and your new dish towels!
A practical approach, careful planning, and working with a professional can help your kitchen remodel get you into the kitchen of your dreams. Hopefully, these simple points will help get your creative juices flowing. Bon Appétit!!!
This article was provided by a member of the Remodelers Council of the Greater Houston Builders Association. The Remodelers Council is dedicated to promoting professionalism and public awareness of the remodeling profession through education, certification and service to the Houston community. To reach the author directly, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on this article, please contact Lorraine Hart at email@example.com. To join the council or to find a professional remodeler in your area, please visit www.ghba.org.
The Remodelers Council of the Greater Houston Builders Association is an organization of remodelers and industry professionals. We are dedicated to the promotion of excellence and professionalism within the industry, and public awareness of the Remodelers Council. We achieve this through education, certification and service to the membership, industry and the community. Members of the Remodelers Council give back to the Houston community by participating in an annual charity project. The Remodelers Council holds an annual Garage Sale at the September Texas Home and Garden Show with proceeds going to their local charity project. To join the council or to find a professional remodeler in your area, please visit the GHBA website.