Remodeling Your Kitchen Without Breaking the Bank

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Cost Saving Ideas For A NJ Kitchen Remodeling Project

Kitchen 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. Alternatively, keeping most of the room in tact is another great way to shave cost – the way it works is by not having to replace insulation, drywall, update electrical wiring or plumbing which would be required by the town if you opened up the walls. The idea is to just open up as much as you need to make the changes for the new kitchen design plans.

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Planning A Kitchen Remodeling Project

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. Work with a contractor who is very detailed from the onset of the relationship with the initial proposal through the final proposal and cabinetry order listing all the prices of the various materials and services that are to be provided by the kitchen remodeling contractor. This will also help when it comes time to make changes to the scope of work, no hiding behind a vague proposal with a lump sum at the end with no certain way of know what an items costs.

Hiring A Professional Bergen County Contractor

While it might seem like yet another cost, hiring a professional Bergen County contractor is absolutely required. In today’s busy remodeling market it is very difficult to find a qualified kitchen remodeling contractor, here’s a great article to help you avoid being ghosted by the contractor. We will help you assess what needs to be replaced, what can stay and what needs an upgrade. Once you have this information, we can begin drawing up the 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. Taking on a large scale project without the proper know how will quickly become a disaster which may further complicate hiring a professional since they may not feel comfortable pick up where you left off.

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. Work with a contractor who will provide you with their trade discounts to even further stretch your remodeling dollars. Trade discounts are typically passed on at tile, countertop and plumbing stores – higher end contractors also get discount on appliances, furnishings and much more which is a value added benefit to consider when hiring a larger firm.

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. Changes tend to add cost and time at a higher rate than if it were planned from the start so take the time to work thru the details from the start.

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

Need help planning your kitchen remodeling project?

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Surviving Your Remodeling

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You 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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Restaining 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!

What color should you restain your kitchen 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.  One quick note as you’ll see below, not all wood types are suitable for a darker stained finish so you will need to determine which type of wood species you have to work with first.

Which wood types are best for restaining kitchen cabinets?

There are many different types of wood species available that are made into kitchen cabinets that are very suitable for a light or dark stained cabinet finish. Some of the most commonly used wood species are: Cherry, Maple, Alder, Walnut, Hickory and Oak.  Cherry kitchen cabinets are the single most  popular type of stain the cabinets.  The cherry wood species takes a stained finish very well and develops over time into a very mellow finish.  Maple is most suitable for a lighter stained finish as it tends to get blotchy on the darker side. Alder  is similar to Cherry but not quite as good.  Walnut, Hickory and Oak are all similar open grain wood types and take a light or dark stain very well, on the darker side the open wood grain will be very pronounced.

How to restain your kitchen cabinets

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.  Start by applying a painters tape in all areas where the cabinets abutt other surfaces.  Then tape plastic sheets to the surrounding areas to protect them from possible splatter and sanding dust.

Assuming you will be restaining your kitchen cabinets lighter –  you will need to strip the old finish of the cabinets completely by either sending it out manually or using a chemical stripper or a combination of the two.  Consulting a local paint store with a sample of your cabinet door in hand would be the best recommendation at this point .

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.

 Is restaining your kitchen cabinets a durable solution?

Absolutely nothing compares to the quality and durability of a professional cabinet finish that is performed at the factory in a controlled environment. Having that said, you can certainly give your kitchen and updated  look and do a quality job with the right guidance and products.  It certainly is a big undertaking so be prepared to put in many hours.

 Need help planning your kitchen remodeling project?

Give us a call at 973-636-0100