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5 Kitchen Remodeling Questions You Should Always Ask

December 18, 2017

When you’re doing kitchen remodeling, questions are bound to come up. Your kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where family gathers at the beginning and the end of each day to share laughter, conversation and a hearty meal. It’s key to have a kitchen that functions and embodies an environment that aligns with your tastes. Your kitchen should accent your life and your design preferences.

Kitchen Remodeling Questions

When you’re embarking on a large-scale renovation, don’t let your contractor start work until you find out the answers to five key kitchen remodeling questions.

What Is Your Goal for the Project?

Make sure you and your contractor are on the same page when it comes to the goal of the project. Do you want to a new, modern look for your space? Do you want more natural light? Are you looking for a better, more functional flow?

Know the reason you are investing in a kitchen remodel, and make sure your contractor knows what you need accomplished in order to be happy with the finished product.

What Building Codes Might Affect My Plans?

Don’t dip into your nest egg until you know your vision can be realized. If you anticipate headache-inducing building codes may inhibit your kitchen remodel, you might want to rethink your budget. This should always be investigated ahead of time. Make sure your contractor has a definite answer on what is and isn’t possible according to the law.

What Can Be Reused?

If you want to scrap everything in your kitchen, go right ahead! But what about the new cabinet hardware you just installed last year? What about the gleaming subway tile backsplash you still love?

You could save significantly by reusing or repurposing some of the fixtures that aren’t out of date.

What Is the Projected Start and End Date?

A basement remodel doesn’t interrupt your daily life much, but a kitchen remodel? That’s a different story. When your kitchen is out of service, it’s a major inconvenience. If there is no way to cook, you need to budget for eating out, or at least stock up on plenty of microwaveable meals. Make sure you have a commitment from your contractor on the projected start and end dates. If they leave midway through to start a job with another client, you could wind up frustrated.

Are There Extra Costs You Should Budget For?

Sometimes contractors don’t tell the whole story in their quote. Make sure you know if demolition and cleanup are included. What about the final paint coat? Get a complete breakdown of the bid in order to accurately budget your costs and possibly find areas you can work on yourself to save money.

Consider Our Cabinets

At Swirl Woodcraft, we know you have kitchen remodeling questions, and we also know that some of those questions involve cabinetry. It can be a puzzle to figure out how to situate stock cabinets appropriately to achieve the look you want. What if there were custom cabinets that fit your price point? Call us today and find out how we can help make your dream kitchen a reality with high-quality custom woodworking for your remodel.