Kitchen Remodeling With A European Touch
Kitchen remodeling contractors are at the top of most homeowners’ wish lists for home improvements. It’s also, according to experts, a leading contributor to consumer complaints filed with the Federal Trade Commission. Don’t take my word for it though. Ask anyone who’s done it and they’ll tell you that a kitchen renovation project can be a very costly endeavor, involving multiple professionals, material and overhead costs, not to mention time away from family and friends. In my experience as a kitchen remodeling consultant, the kitchen remodeling process is a long, drawn-out, often-discomforting experience for many homeowners.
Choosing a kitchen remodeling contractor doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Let’s face it: it’s not going to be easy. But with some forward planning, you can cut down on the potential costs and increase the chances of finding success when you do undertake kitchen remodeling projects yourself. I recently completed two major remodeling projects myself, and I’d like to offer some advice on how to select a general contractor for specific remodeling projects below the home.
In the first project, I completed the renovation of an interior kitchen featuring granite countertops, upholstered dining and breakfast chairs, wood flooring and stainless steel appliances. I chose a complete kitchen remodel team, consisting of an experienced cabinet maker, plumber, electrician and landscape builder, all with expertise in flooring, plumbing and electrical work. The general contractor recommended the services of a plumber who understood the complexity of the kitchen remodeling project. He knew that the kitchen remodeling project required an extensive amount of work including wiring, flooring, plumbing and new kitchen cabinets.
On the day of the kitchen remodeling project, my contractor instructed me to remove the appliances and gather the items stacked in the drawers. Once I had gathered all the necessary items, he instructed me to remove the countertops and cabinets, and to install high quality ceramic tile countertops on all surfaces. I installed ceramic tile countertops over granite countertops to create a new look that combined beauty with durability. While the work was under way, my contractor installed wall mount cabinets and doors. All hardware was provided by him as well.
In the second remodel, I tackled an internal kitchen remodel. My contractor informed me that the remodel needed to include a stainless steel sink and new faucets, but that a microwave and built-in refrigerator was optional. As the project progressed, my contractor suggested that I consider removing the built-in stove. He explained that there were several reasons that a built-in stove was not an appropriate feature for an interior kitchen. First, the stove held too much heat for the room; second, the stove was really heavy; third, the stove made cleaning the burners difficult.
As the project progressed, my contractor suggested that I install a convection oven instead of the built-in stove. The oven provided the perfect alternative to the old-fashioned style of cooking, since it kept the kitchen cool while preventing overcooking on food. Since the kitchen renovation was still ongoing, we finally completed the renovation. During this time, my contractor added a refrigerator and built-in microwave. The appliances mentioned earlier are now in good repair and are functioning at their best.