Successful kitchen remodeling can create a welcoming center that invites family and friends to enjoy time together. The return on investment that it provides helps homeowners decide to spend more than they pay for any other home improvement project, according to House Logic. The sense of satisfaction that it offers causes it to rank at the top of the National Association of Realtors® Remodeling Impact Report. The national median cost for a complete renovation is $65,000. However, homeowners may recover as much as 62 percent of the “initial project cost” at resale, providing a significant return. The implementation of proven strategies can help ensure a desirable outcome for a kitchen remodel.
The anticipation of a new kitchen can obscure the need to take time to plan a remodeling project. The planning period may take as long as six months to allow ideas to settle and remain within budget. A drawing of an existing layout with measurements for counters, doorways, walkways, and appliances can help clarify options for a remodel. Aisles need about 48 inches to allow more than one person to work at a countertop, and the plan must offer ways to adjust shelf height and access to a wall oven that accommodate everyone. By selecting appliances and materials prior to the start of the project, homeowners can avoid the disappointment of unexpected delays. Professional designers can offer suggestions that may simplify a kitchen remodel, and their advice on style considerations, potential problems, and scheduling may merit fees of $50 to $150 per hour.
The location of electrical outlets, appliances, walls, and plumbing pipes may not seem essential in a kitchen remodel plan, but they can contribute significantly to cost savings or create unexpected expenditures. When they remain in the same place, even though the appearance of the room may change, they help homeowners avoid the cost of demolition and reconstruction. Without the need to relocate wiring or pipes, homeowners can expedite a remodeling project and avoid the inconvenience of dust and debris that structural changes can create. The planning process can eliminate factors that increase project costs and extend completion time.
Choosing a Realistic Goal
A focus on improvements that provide long-term value may help prevent homeowners from choosing expensive and trendy items that can lose their appeal too soon. An elaborate range that can prepare a meal for a large group may have occasional use, and a luxurious refrigerator may seem hard to resist. However, these appliances can offer only a way to prepare or refrigerate food, tasks that reliable and trusted, but less expensive, models can perform just as well. Observance of budget constraints may help homeowners choose to invest in cabinets and flooring instead for long-term value.
A review of interior design magazines can give homeowners ideas for updating a kitchen. Cabinets that reach the ceiling provide a kitchen with a distinctly contemporary look and increase the storage space that almost every kitchen requires. Seasonal items often need a place to stay until a holiday rolls around again. Mountable shelving that fits inside cabinet doors can provide space for cast iron skillets or stock pots that receive only occasional use. Areas on the inside of a closet door may provide a place to store a broom or mop.
Lighting for Beauty and Practicality
Almost every cook enjoys illumination that allows recipe reading, as well as precise cuts when deboning a chicken, and undercabinet lighting can provide it. At least two fixtures for each work area can eliminate shadows, and a pendant-style light can work well for islands. A kitchen remodel must include ambient lights as well to create an overall effect that welcomes everyone to enter and enjoy sharing time with each other. Flush-mounted ceiling fixtures with dimmer switches can contribute to the ambiance that every kitchen deserves.
Trendy items may succeed in catching the attention of homeowners when remodeling a kitchen, but functionality and durability must influence a buying decision. Bargains that may seem right at the time often do not last, while quality goods offer low maintenance and carry extended warranties.
Staying in Touch
Active communication with a home remodeling contractor lets a homeowner demonstrate the interest that helps keep a project on time and on budget. Contractors appreciate the support that homeowners provide by dropping by during the day to check on the status of progress.
Unfortunately, many people discover mold in their kitchens during the kitchen remodeling process. Alternatively, if mold arises after the remodel, it can mean even more expenses for the homeowner and could put their beautiful new kitchen in jeopardy.
Black spots often indicate mold, and they allow nature to alert homeowners to the need to act promptly to prevent health problems. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cautions that molds produce allergens, irritants, and even potentially toxic substances. Exposure to mold by touch or inhalation can irritate the eyes, nose, lungs, throat, and skin. Mold destroys anything that it contacts, and water leaks or spills create the damp conditions that help it flourish. Mold significantly impacts the air quality in a home, as well as its structural soundness. Home structures and furnishings can experience extensive damage when molds grow on them, and potential health problems can occur as well.
Responding Promptly to Flood, Leak, or Plumbing Failure
Wet and damp materials that receive immediate remediation and dry out limit the growth of mold. Aloha Restoration offers both kitchen remodeling and mold removal services, so it can meet all of your needs. The company offers mold removal by licensed professionals who hold certifications with accredited organizations such as the International Restoration Institute. With qualifications that include Mold Remediation Certification (MDC), Aloha Restoration surpasses the competition. An Illinois mandate that governs professional services no longer requires remediation companies to handle licensing or registration procedures. Aloha Restoration provides quality services that protect homeowners from the risk of receiving substandard service from unqualified and irresponsible remediation providers.
A full-service disaster recovery company with roots in Lake Zurich, Aloha Restoration offers a range of services that provide mold removal, water damage remediation, fire restoration, and home remodeling. Water removal extracts water promptly after a plumbing failure, flood, or leak. Homeowners who act quickly and let trained, licensed, and insured professionals manage the water removal process can achieve better outcomes than those who delay or try to handle it themselves. Wet walls, carpets, chairs, and sofas provide the damp conditions that allow mold to thrive. A delay in removing the water can complicate and worsen the conditions that can produce permanent damage to possessions and health concerns as well. Homeowners and renters who understand that moisture control curtails the occurrence of mold can eliminate its harmful and damaging effects by choosing Aloha Restoration.