Home buyers want nice kitchens. Remodeled kitchens raise equity overnight and improve the home’s value. A good kitchen remodeling contractor will oversee your project from start to finish. They will handle all permitting and inspections, navigate building codes, provide professional advice on methods and materials, and coordinate a team of professional skilled craftspeople.
Before starting any remodeling project, define the scope of the job. What can be refinished and what needs repair. What needs replacement, and what needs redesign. A clear plan sets a responsible budget and save time.
Kitchen remodeling should consider new appliances, cabinetry, countertops, flooring, and fixtures. Factor in green products and eco-friendly appliances. Divide your budget by these guidelines:
- Cabinets 35%
- Labor 20%
- Appliances 20%
- Windows 10%
- Fixtures 5%
- Fittings 3%
- Other 7% can include new table set, linens, or dishes.
Having the contractor involved during the design phase of your project will save time and tears. The contractor knows the building codes and can identify load bearing walls that can not be removed. One community requires each appliance in the kitchen to be on its own circuit in the breaker box. Knowing the rules of what is possible is crucial to remodeling design. Then select the style of the kitchen: French Country, Provincial, Modern Eclectic, or Mid-Century Modern. Picking a style will simplify the rest of your choices:
- Cabinets, finish, fixtures
- Appliances, sinks, lighting
- Countertops and backsplashes
- Paint colors
- Furnishings, small counter appliances, accessories like spice rack or wine fridge
There are different types of contractors (general contractors, remodeling contractors, and contractors with specific licensing such as mechanical, plumbing, electrical, etc.), but the important thing is that they are licensed by the state and have the capability to pull work permits from the city.
If you’re doing any work that requires a permit, changing or adding to the structure of your existing home, you’ll need to hire a contractor. This might include any work that would require you to move plumbing or electrical lines, as well as any work that would require knocking down or adding walls. The contractor is not necessarily personally doing all this work; they will hire their trusted sub-contractors to perform each task, demolition, construction, plumbing, tiling, etc., to make sure the whole project stays on time and on budget.
Alfieri Contractors specialize in turn-key kitchen remodeling projects with project coordination of electrical, plumbing, painting, flooring, and everything in between. From new construction to existing spaces, we can design the stylish and comfortable space that you need. We also work with homeowners who prefer the do-it-yourself installation process.
If you aren’t ready to remodel the entire room but want to update elements of its appearance or functionality, let us help you choose new counter tops, flooring, appliances or fixtures to enhance your existing space.
An updated kitchen can help your house stand out for prospective buyers, which can help you sell faster and for more money. That’s great news if you’re thinking about selling in the future.