When you are interested in remodeling your small kitchen, there are several things that you should keep in mind. Unless you are experienced with doing so, there are some things that you should hire a professional for including plumbing, wiring and gas lines. If you are doing a total gut and then remodel, your cost will be much higher than if you are just doing a surface remodel. No matter how you handle your remodel, you should recoup as much as seventy percent of that investment in resale value.
What Does the Average Remodel Job Entail?
For the average remodel, you may consider the following steps:
- Replace the cabinets (you might refinish or resurface existing cabinetry to save time and money)
- Replace the flooring
- Replace countertops
- Replace plumbing fixtures which may or may include the sinks. It is important that you consider whether you are taking this step before you determine what you are doing about the countertops because you will have to cut out openings for the sinks.
- Appliances – if you are replacing appliances make sure that you are using the correct ones for your kitchen. For instance, if you are switching from electric to gas, make sure that you have the right breakers in place.
The more expensive your materials, the higher the total cost will become for your project. But, keep in mind that you can save some money by choosing different types of materials. You should also be sure that you are not doubling your cost by having to pay someone to redo something that you have already messed up. If you don’t know for sure how to do something, hire a professional to do so.
Ways to Save Money
There are ways to save money on your remodeling job, including choosing more cost effective materials and opting to save items that are still useful. If you have a refrigerator that is only a few years old, it is better to work with it than to replace it. Refrigerators have a life expectancy of ten to fifteen years when used correctly. There are other ways to save money including:
- Exploring lower cost materials for countertops and floors including concrete which can be finished, painted or treated to look like virtually any other type of flooring. A concrete floor can be finished to look like expensive marble or granite which can be temperamental and difficult to deal with.
- Recycled materials can also be more cost effective as well as eco friendly. Another option that you should consider might be closer than you think. Barn boards can be sanded and refinished to use for flooring or walls. Slabs of butcher block can be cut to size for countertops or kitchen islands.
Other ways to save money:
- Choose scratch and dent appliances to save money. Discontinued models, returned models and clearance items are also options to consider.
- Choose basic or neutral colors which are less expensive than special orders. You can brighten the look of your kitchen with curtains, paintings or other accessories.
- If you are painting, look for washable paint that will stand up to kitchen grease and heat.
- Steer clear of certain wall coverings that can absorb stains and odors and may not be your best bet in the kitchen.
Kitchen Remodeling by Professionals
Once you start thinking about the scope of the job, you should consider whether you are going to need to hire someone to help you out. If you are going to hire someone to handle your kitchen remodeling there are a few questions to ask them. Before you hire any contractor, get estimates for the job, from start to finish. Here are the questions that you should be asking:
- What references do you have? Are there photos that you can show?
- Are you licensed and bonded?
- Will you be using a subcontractor for any aspect of this job? If so, how do you ensure that they are safe to have in my home? (The subcontractor should be held to the same standards as the contractor on your job).
- How long will this project take to complete?
- How long will my kitchen be out of commission – some contractors will work in each section so that you can still have some use of your kitchen unless you are gutting and replacing everything.