Things to Know before your Kitchen Remodel
It can be a difficult and overwhelming task to embark upon kitchen remodeling. In addition, the long-term impacts of such an undertaking are often unknown until the project is completed. For example, a seemingly harmless change in countertops may end up causing structural damage to cabinets.
Kitchen renovations can be a great addition to any home, especially one that requires a makeover. Such projects are often completed faster and with less money than the renovation of a whole house.
However, there are many things you need to know and do before you hire a kitchen renovation company Leesburg VA.
Choose your appliances and sink early.
Your kitchen layout is often set by the location of the sink and appliances. The main refrigerator should be placed in a central location so that it is easily accessible to all rooms in the house. The sink should also be placed centrally, preferably with some separation from the countertops; a small space (3-4 inches) would be sufficient if a temporary wall is used for added support.
The sink and refrigerator influence many design decisions throughout the remodel. It is important to finalize your plans for these components as soon as possible so that the rest of the project is planned around their location and placement.
Choose a location for your appliances early on in the process.
The refrigerator is most likely placed in the exact location as the old one; This can be confirmed by measuring its length and width and then searching through a floor plan of your home to verify its dimensions.
Decide on a cabinet style before beginning the project.
If your kitchen’s original cabinets were not made of the same material as your current countertops, you would need to decide whether or not to convert them before remodeling. If so, you may wish to install panels with larger grain patterns that give the illusion of more extensive cabinet measurements than in fact exist, or even make them from scratch using thicker wood with more visible grain patterns (this can cause the cabinets to appear wider).
Either way, installing new cabinets with the same finishing as your current countertops will allow you to cut down on time and costs.
Take into account the style of your countertops.
Older cabinets and countertops may have been finished in various materials and textures; this can be seen clearly in older homes with wooden and cast-stone finishings. Your current laminate or granite countertop may also be somewhat different from your original kitchen’s finish (for example, by having thicker beveled edges). In such a case, you will need to consider your new cabinets’ dimensions as well as their color and style of finish.
Plan your layout early on.
Your kitchen layout is usually set by the location of the sink and refrigerator. If you plan on changing the location or shape of these appliances, be sure that this has been taken into consideration during planning; if not, small changes could influence other plans in complex and expensive ways to fix later on down the line.
Consider your choice of flooring.
For water-efficient heating and cooling savings, you’ll want to install a ceiling-mounted radiant heater (this has been used successfully in every home remodel I’ve seen). It is wise to replace your old flooring with new waterproof vinyl plank or carpet tiles–but be sure that you can use them as patterned flooring for the rest of the house. The smooth surface of these tiles can be stained or stretched to match existing trim and joiners, making any future changes less noticeable.
How far are you willing to go?
Are you willing to replace your ceiling, walls, and flooring? An extreme makeover will involve these changes–and more. Replacing floors with wall-to-wall carpeting or tile can create an entirely different atmosphere in the room; however, it can also drastically increase your remodeling costs. When evaluating your options, you’ll want to consider the overall size of your home and its layout.
Many homeowners like to change the look of their kitchens by remodeling the countertops and cabinets. If you are looking for a remodeling service, M.W Burke, Inc. can help you transform your kitchen, bathroom, or any other room in your home.