Kitchen Remodeling Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them
There are many things to be aware when doing any type of remodeling project; specifically it is important to know which things should be left up to the contractor and what should be left up to the customer. In this blog, Preferred Home Builders will show you the dos and don’ts in remodelings. This blog will contain information for bathroom remodels, kitchen remodels, and garage conversions.
What the Contractor Should Decide and not Decide
When it comes to any type of remodeling there are somethings that the contractor must make decisions on and some things that the customer must decide on. Engineering and structural decisions will always be left up to the contractors, however when it comes to decisions on design and materials, add your own touch to the project. A way to ensure that, during a bathroom or kitchen remodeling, things go your way and according to your desires is to try and stay in town or next to the phone during the work period of the project.
Picking the Right Countertop and Avoiding Soft Stones
Soft stones, while gorgeous to look at and create beautiful decoration, are not very functional at all, especially in the kitchen. Like every other decision in your kitchen redo, your choice of countertop material should reflect your lifestyle, including your cooking style. Each kind of natural stone has unique characteristics, and soapstone is among the softer types. That makes it easier to cut to size—and also more prone to chipping than harder granite and engineered quartz. But it also means you can at least smooth the rough edges around your sink with sandpaper. To prevent further damage, place a buffer (pot holders, layers of dish towels) between the counter and any hard, abrasive surface.
Regret- Feeling Limited by your Appliances
Something that is often not considered during a remodeling is replacing the appliances with upgraded stove tops and refrigerators. It may seem extravagant, but new energy-efficient appliances might save your sanity, along with some money on your energy bill. Energy Star—qualified refrigerator models use high-efficiency compressors, improved insulation, and more precise temperature and defrost mechanisms to improve energy efficiency. They use 40 percent less than conventional models sold in 2001. Rather than swap out your current fridge, you might also consider adding a refrigerator drawer or two for additional food storage. If your kitchen is large enough, you could also add dishwasher drawers that allow you to wash your prep, breakfast, or lunch dishes and still have room for dinner dishes later on.
Choosing the Right Floor Material for the Kitchen
Choosing the “perfect” flooring material is one of the most challenging aspects of a kitchen renovation. It’s important to factor your personal needs and preferences into your decision, along with cost per square foot. For many owners of older homes, only wood will do. It’s beautiful and long-lasting, but even the coats of polyurethane used to seal it are prone to scratches. Ceramic tile is durable and generally easy to maintain, but harder on the feet: If you spend lots of time standing at the prep station, you may want something more forgiving underfoot. For color and comfort, many homeowners are returning to good old linoleum: It’s resilient, splinterless, seamless, made from natural materials, and self-heals when cut.
Issues that are seen when remodeling a kitchen is when the customer decides on bamboo flooring as bamboo flooring is easily damaged if the wood were not harvested at the right time.
Regret-Picking Loud Appliances
Ten years ago, the average dishwasher clocked in at 65 decibels or higher. Today, high-end models are comparative whisperers at 45 to 49 decibels. According to Marv Mealman of Whirlpool/ KitchenAid dishwasher technology, most machines that operate at levels below 55 decibels are unlikely to interfere with normal conversation. Shop around and check the consumer testing ratings, paying close attention to features like sound-deadening insulation and hidden vents that seal in sound during the wash cycle. A dishwasher with a decibel rating of 48 would retail for around $900, while a 59-decibel model sells for about $500. The extra money is well spent on a little peace and quiet.
It is important that during your kitchen or bathroom remodel, the customer stays conscious of what they want to see done in their project. Consult these tips from Preferred Home Builder’s blog and happy remodeling!