Remodeling Your Kitchen Without Breaking the Bank

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wood kitchenKitchen remodeling projects can range from a few hundred dollars to many thousands. The final price tag depends on the size and scope of the remodeling. Revamping a set of cabinets will be far less financially burdensome than scrapping the entire kitchen layout and rebuilding.

With advance planning, the cost of your Bergen County kitchen remodeling project can be broken down into the cost of labor, mechanical costs and needed fixtures. Plan for these costs, and leave funds available to cover unforeseen costs.

While it might seem like yet another cost, hiring a professional Bergen County contractor is absolutely required. We will help you assess what needs to be replaced, what can stay and what needs an upgrade. Once you have this information, you can begin drawing up plans. If you are experienced in repairs, save money by making the needed repairs yourself. If this is something you have never attempted before, now is not the time.

Once you have covered repairs, start shopping for cabinets, tiling and appliances. A trick here is to look for discounted or warehouse models. This simple step does not take very long and will save you a bundle in the end.

Finally, be clear about what you do and do not want to avoid any add-ons that you were not planning for. Clear and direct communication is crucial here.

Try these tips and see what your total ends up being. Surely, you will have saved quite a bit.

Surviving Your Remodeling

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kitchen renovation postYou bit the bullet and decided to remodel the kitchen. Congratulations! Ideally, you have hired a professional NJ kitchen remodeler to do the job (us of course). Remodeling an entire kitchen is not a DIY job. Hiring respected and competent professionals will ensure that the process goes smoothly from start to finish. Still, home remodeling of any kind is a significant disruption to your daily living. Surviving a kitchen renovation requires preparation. Therefore, here is your cheat sheet for living to tell the tale of your renovation.

Staying Sane Through Kitchen Remodeling:

  1. Accept the fact that it will almost invariably take longer than you planned for. If you know this going into the process, you will suffer less sleepless nights.
  2. Isolate from the dirt and noise. Seal off the doorways and openings. Get a portable toilet for the workers to use. Keep the rest of your life away from the mess and chaos of the New Jersey home remodeling.
  3. For their health and safety, keep children and pets away from the debris.
  4. Set clear start and end times for the workers. Having a set schedule you can work around will go a long way towards helping you stay sane throughout the process.
  5. Set up a room as a temporary kitchen by moving your old appliances to that location.
  6. Finally, be nice and professional with everyone, even the workers. You get what you give in life. The same goes in renovations. The nicer you are to people, the more they want to please you.

Restaining Your Kitchen Cabinets

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kitchen cabinet and stoveRestaining your kitchen cabinets is a great way to give your kitchen a new look without signing up for an entire NJ kitchen remodeling project. The process of restaining will completely transform your cabinets!

The first decision to make is whether you want your kitchen cabinets to be darker or lighter after the process. If you want to stain your cabinets darker, all you have to do is apply a gel stain over the existing finish after some light sanding. However, if you want to lighten your cabinets or stay close to the shade you have now, you have to remove the old stain completely. Obviously, going darker is the easier option, but it depends on your personal preferences–and your willingness to put some elbow grease into the process.

The next order of business when restaining your cabinets is to make sure to cover all the surrounding surfaces. This will protect them from sanding debris and the stain itself. Not doing so can result in disaster.

Depending on how dark you are looking to go, you might have to use more than one coat. Open windows before starting, especially if you are going to be doing multiple coats. If you are unsure as to how many coats you need, call a NJ kitchen remodeler. Our professionals can talk you through the process.

Above all, read all directions and follow carefully. This is not a project you can afford to ruin.