Remodeling your kitchen can bring great rewards such as better functionality, expanded space, more countertops or storage, and most importantly – a beautifully designed room that suits your style. As part of your remodel, you may choose to install top-of-the-line appliances, custom-designed cabinets, new lighting, and even upgraded plumbing and fixtures.
The complexity of a kitchen remodel will vary from project to project, and along with each challenge you face comes the risk of getting it wrong. From planning and product knowledge to budgeting and finding the right contractors, there is a lot to consider for your kitchen remodel. An expert design and remodeling team like ACo can help guide you through these remodeling risks and find the reward of a kitchen you love.
If you are thinking about remodeling your kitchen, you probably have a few (or a few hundred) ideas for the changes you would like to make. You are probably ready to jump right into the design phase of your project, but if remodeling or kitchen design is not your profession, you run the risk of missing some pretty major issues that can bite you down the road. There are hundreds of little details that if missed or handled incorrectly could wind up costing you in a major way.
So, start by talking to the professionals. Many companies, like ACo, offer complimentary design consultations. Do your homework, interview potential vendors, understand their process, and check out their reviews. Hiring the right contractor is the first step to a successful kitchen remodel.
Design Do’s and Don’ts
If hiring the right contractor can make or break your project, getting the design right is just as crucial of a step.
The kitchen is the heart of your home. It is where your family gathers, meals are served, and memories are made. Even in houses where cooking isn’t necessarily a top priority, the kitchen usually becomes the stomping grounds for snacking, cleaning, and casual conversations. Your kitchen should be designed around how you will use it. Forming a layout that poorly organizes the space or prioritizes looks over function will make for a kitchen that is awkward to move around in and inefficient. Your design should be both beautiful AND functional.
Whether you’re looking for minimal modifications or a modern kitchen overhaul, with the right flooring, countertops, cabinets, and accessories you can completely transform your kitchen to a space that is warm, inviting, and enjoyable for all who enter.
It is always worthwhile to work out an accurate budget for any renovation, but it is even more vital in a kitchen remodel. If you don’t have extensive remodeling experience, you can easily lose track of things and overspend. Alternatively, going cheap on appliances is not always the best plan—you get what you pay for in most cases, and in the end, you spend more on repairs or replacements. The same goes for items that have a higher lifecycle cost. It may be cheaper upfront, but an inefficient item will cost more down the road.
Working with an expert design and remodeling team is your best bet for a cost-effective project. They can help you identify areas where you can save on costs as well as guide you on those splurge-worthy items. And with ACo’s $1000 change order guarantee, you are protected from some of unknown factors that can be hiding behind walls or under floors.
Kitchen remodels are hefty projects, and it is difficult to predict how long yours should take if you are unfamiliar with the process. Making sure a kitchen remodel project goes smoothly means getting all the necessary materials before you start and coordinating multiple contractor schedules. Miscommunications, misplaced materials, or forgotten items can delay your project and make your kitchen unusable for quite some time.
Fortunately, all of these potential issues can be solved by hiring a remodeling professional that has a proven and tested process. From cabinetry and flooring to full kitchen and bathroom remodels, ACo eases the ups and downs by guiding homeowners through design and installation to ensure they truly love where they live.