The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home. Whether you are cooking a family meal or preparing to host a small dinner party, your kitchen remains a place of creation and comfort. If you are thinking about how you can improve your kitchen to better serve and support your vision, you should start exploring the ways in which a general contractor can help you achieve your goals. Before launching into the exciting process of transforming your dream into a reality, here are some things you should consider to ensure that the project moves forward as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
Think About Your Current and Ideal Kitchen Layout
First, assess the layout of your current kitchen. Try to identify what aspects you appreciate and what improvements could be made to make this the kitchen of your dreams. Keep in mind that keeping your kitchen’s existing layout is often the most cost-effective option. Significant renovations that impact systems like plumbing, gas, or electric supplies can drive up costs. Of course, keeping the current layout does not mean you can’t change the look and feel of your kitchen space—a new color scheme, updated cabinets, and new hardware can transform your space dramatically.
Consider Your Budget
When you envision your ideal kitchen, it’s natural—and fun—to dream big. However, costs can add up quickly, especially in projects that involve custom-made cabinets, extensive changes to the layout, or top-of-the-line materials. Before you become discouraged by how fast the cost of the project rises, it’s helpful to create a budget. Consider multiple factors, such as the materials, contractor service charges, and other likely costs. Adding an additional 20 percent to your estimated budget is helpful to account for additional charges or expenses. Remember, experienced Portland contractors know how to work with budgets of any size. You will still be able to transform your kitchen according to your vision.
Find a Contractor Who Supports Your Goals
Just as no two remodeling projects are the same, contractors vary in their services and prices. It’s worth asking for word-of-mouth referrals or reading client reviews about a few general contracting services in your area. Discuss your renovation project with a few contractors to get a sense of how they would approach your project, how much it may cost, and how long it may take to complete. Once you’ve found a contractor who aligns well with your vision, you can finally start transforming your dreams into a reality.
If you are considering a kitchen remodel project in the greater Portland area, call Redemption Construction at (503) 657-0887 to discuss your vision.