Hard to believe we are already in full swing with the New Year! Nothing like hitting the ground running! Here is wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2015!! What better way to start the New Year than to get some wonderful Inspiration for your home at the 2015 Kitchen Bath and Renovation Show!
Kat Reno and Maximum Impact Plus will be there to answer all your renovation and design questions. The Show hours run Friday 12 noon – 9:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 8:00pm, and Sunday 12:00 noon – 5:00pm. We are offering 2 stage presentations, Friday at 5:00pm and Sunday at 3:00 pm. If you are thinking about a kitchen or bath renovation, it’s an excellent way to get some free advice!
One of the biggest mistakes people make is not planning out the details well in advance. So you want new cabinets? That’s great, but do you need them or can you save money and still have the new kitchen you dream of? Are you reconfiguring your kitchen space or floor plan? Potentially removing walls? Changing lighting or adding lighting? Switching from a free standing range to a cooktop and built in oven? Updating your fridge – should it be counter depth? These are just some of the common renovations and changes people make.
Depending on where you go and who you speak to, you may or may not have a salesperson who will take functional design decisions into account. I had one client who had a “Professional” design her kitchen with the fridge facing the island in a bank of wall cabinetry. She was reusing her existing fridge she had recently purchased, however, there was simply not adequate space for her to actually stand in front of the fridge and open the fridge without having to sit on top of the island to do so! In terms of space planning (making sure everything will fit in the space) must also include functional use of the space. If you are dealing with someone who does not take this into consideration you can run into a multitude of problems. Considering this client was opening walls and completing updating the space with some beautiful custom cabinetry functional use of the space is critical in the planning and design stages. The last thing you want is to have the cabinetry delivered and then discover you need modifications because of an oversight! This can be quite costly!!
You would be surprised by how many people rip out old cabinets just to replace them with the exact same configuration. Then because they have a limited budget, they go with a laminate countertop when they really want granite! Cabinet re-facing may be a better and more economical option, allowing you to stretch the budget for those granite countertops or other little luxuries. They have a wide range of colors and can add things like pull out drawers or shelves to make your kitchen more functional. Explore all the options available to you before running down to the store in excitement and committing to a salesperson.
You’ve decided to go with pot lights, under counter lighting, maybe some task lighting, and of course a new cooktop and built in double range – have you checked your electrical panel? Do you have adequate space on your panel for the additional requirements? Do you need to budget for a new electrical panel upgrade? This cost can come as a shock to the homeowner after the fact and impact the final project cost significantly! It’s so much easier to find this out before your have run out and bought a bunch of custom goodies in your initial excitement!
Removing walls or expanding a room by moving a wall over must be done properly by someone who knows what they are doing. Is it a support wall? You need to ensure what you are doing is going to work without creating structural problems down the road. Your contractor must be familiar with the building codes and requirements. I cannot count the number of houses I’ve seen that had support walls removed without the proper procedure and evidence of stress cracks and bows in the ceiling structure are clearly evident! There are ways to accomplish most open concept designs. However, planning and design must take into account the correct procedure and corresponding costs! This is one the main reasons choosing a contractor with the lowest quote (who may or may not be in business 5 years from now) is a bad idea! Once you see evidence of problems – they can no longer be located! Now all costly repairs have to be covered by the home owner!
At the end of the day, there are many little details that need to be considered in the initial planning stages of any renovation. From which direction to run the hardwood flooring, to structural changes to final details for appropriate appliances for your space and required use. Having everything planned out in advance, prevents unwelcome surprises. It also allows you to order products well in advance so you can start a project on time knowing all products are in and ready for installation! No unforeseen delays, no hassles and no additional costs! Come out and learn the step by step process for planning your next kitchen or bath renovation. Presentation Times again are Friday January 9th at 5:00 pm and Sunday January 11th at 3:00 pm. Hope you enjoy the show and get some inspirational ideas!!!!