A kitchen remodel is one of the most significant home improvement jobs you can take on in terms of scope and price. Therefore, it is extremely important that you plan the project as thoroughly as possible, getting a sense of exactly what you want before you start moving forward with demolition.
Here are a few tips that can help you make sure you get through the process of kitchen remodeling in Birmingham, AL as smoothly as possible.
Let professionals handle the job
It might be tempting to try to take on a big job like a kitchen remodel yourself in an effort to save some cash, but this is almost certainly a job that’s going to be beyond your skill level, unless you have experience with installing critical electrical and plumbing infrastructure. Rather than trying to do the whole job yourself, meet with a professional to at least determine which areas of the kitchen remodel will absolutely require the services of a professional contractor and which elements you could potentially handle on your own, if you want to have a hand in doing the job.
Know what’s worth spending money on
There are some amenities that are worth spending a little extra on, while others are probably going to be a bit of a waste. For example, high-quality drawers that glide smoothly, close softly and extend fully are always a great selection, even though they’ll cost you a bit more. New, high-quality lighting fixtures and appliances that are built to last and provide stunning results will always be worth the cash. Under cabinet lighting is highly useful and attractive.
There are a few common items in kitchen remodels, however, that few people will actually need. Do you really need a wine fridge? Do you really want to pay for “distressed” finishes, which increase cabinet costs and will likely go out of style very quickly? Carefully consider your needs and avoid spending money on items that you won’t use or that will quickly go out of style.
Know the best ways to save money
You don’t necessarily need to pinch pennies on materials if you’re going to save money on your kitchen remodel. For example, you can save a lot of money by keeping your current layout. Knocking down walls and moving gas and plumbing connections is what will start to make your project cost a whole lot more. You can save money on cabinets by choosing a manufacturer that already offers the style and finish you want without having to make them custom. Depending on what you want out of your remodel, you might end up having to allocate a good amount of money to the project, but there are always ways to cut back on your expenses.
Choose clean colors
One of the tell-tale signs of an outdated kitchen is clashing colors that do not brighten up the space. The old “honey oak” finish that was ubiquitous in the ‘80s and ‘90s has long since gone out of style, as have a lot of the browns and yellows you used to find in kitchens. Today, whites, grays, darker blues and other simple, clean colors are all great ways to upgrade the look of your space. If you’re going to go with wooden cabinets, choose a different finish than the old honey oak.
For more information about home improvement in Birmingham, AL and how you can get the most out of your kitchen remodel, contact the team at Metro Contractors Inc. today.
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