The kitchen is a central room in your house, so shouldn’t it be designed and built to support your lifestyle? Unless you designed and built your home, you may find your kitchen does not entirely work as you would like. Kitchen remodeling increases the value of your home and you get to decide on the layout and amenities you want. Here are a few typical elements of a kitchen remodel:
3 Decisions to Make Before You Remodel
A kitchen remodel is an investment of your time and money. The talented craftsmen at Jim Hicks Home Improvement are experienced in transforming ordinary kitchens into dream kitchens because they listen to what you want, give you honest feedback on how it is to be accomplished, and then build it.
There are three main decisions you must make before construction begins:
Your budget: What is the most, from start to finish, you want to spend on the remodel including labor and materials? Then, within that budget, decide what changes you can make and prioritize them.
The scope: Consider whether your remodel will include any other living space in the house like an adjoining family room or exterior patio or sunroom. If you want to change the floorplan or layout, will you need to relocate plumbing or electrical fixtures? Will your remodeler need to remove load bearing walls? These are all common practices for a company like Jim Hicks Home Improvement.
Prioritize your remodeling expenses: The extent of a kitchen remodel can range from a complete gutting to merely replacing the countertops. The best way to prioritize your project list is to look at what changes will make the greatest impact on the usefulness of the room for you and what features it currently lacks which you want. If you have already set your budget this will help ensure you don’t run out of money before getting the features you want or need the most.
The Remodeling Process
Remodeling a kitchen includes a few common steps and many varied ones depending upon the project. You can expect several workers coming and going to perform their part and the the intermittent unavailability of your kitchen. After the proper permitting is acquired and design plans finalized, your materials are ordered. A dumpster will find its way onto your property and a crew will tear out whatever items are not a part of the new design. You will have daily contact with the project lead and regular updates as things progress. Plumbers and electricians will conduct their business. Flooring and drywall comes next followed by the installation of cabinetry, countertops, sink, appliances, and fixtures. Finally, tile, paint, and finishing touches are added. You and the project lead will conduct a walkthrough to pinpoint any items which remain for completion. The crew cleans up and the kitchen is yours to enjoy.
Hiring the Right Company for the Job
Because there are so many companies, large and small, that offer kitchen remodeling as a service, selecting the right one is no easy task. You have to do your homework and research to find the right fit for your project. Look for a successful track record, speak with references, and ask questions like these:
- How long have they been in business? (Jim Hicks has been in the remodeling business since 1998)
- Are they licensed and insured (general liability and worker’s compensation) for construction in Virginia?
- Will they provide references from similar projects completed in the last 6-12 months? (Take a look through our project gallery.)
- What percentage of their business is referral and repeat?
Call Jim Hicks Home Improvement for answers to these questions and any others you have about your upcoming project. We will gladly put you in touch with other homeowners who can describe their remodeling experience. We look forward to building the kitchen of your dreams!