3 Steps to Renovating your Kitchen

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3 Steps to Renovating your Kitchen

 

Step 1: Think About What You Want Out Of The Kitchen Renovation

The first step is all about how you use your kitchen. What do you like to do in there aside from cooking? Does your family use it as a hangout? Find the layout and features that best suit your household’s needs and style. There are tons of resources out there to help you. Think about kitchen additions, like islands, pantry storage solutions and task lighting. What about your kitchen footprint, is it easy to move around in?  Look for opportunities to create a more efficient Layout,  increasing the functionality and storage at the same time. If you like to do a certain type of cooking, for example, you like canning your own jams, is your kitchen layout set up for it? Start saving photos from magazine clippings and online sources that feature your style.  It’s a good idea to keep your ideas organized with notes as to what in the photograph appeals to you.  Being able to accurately convey what ideas are most important to you to your kitchen designer will go a long way in the end – producing a much better overall finished kitchen renovation.

Step 2: Research and Planning A Kitchen Renovation 

While estimating what renovation costs will be is a profession on it’s own, it’ll be helpful to think about your estimated budget. Perhaps you have been saving for an entire year, what are those savings, and are you willing to pull in funds from other sources, thinking about budgeting before the project will ease your worries. As a homeowner, you’re not expected to know what everything should cost, it’s the job of the renovating professionals to educate you on the process, the material, and plan the entire scope of the project.

Some people begin their research by visiting our showroom, where you can see everything. We are available to help you with every aspect of the project – from space planning, budgets, shopping and ordering products, choosing finishes and textures, even helping you set up a temporary kitchen while the work is being done, having a professional on your side is absolutely key to the success of your renovation.  There are also plenty of online resources available for you to research your kitchen renovation in terms of cost and project, although you do have to be careful because these figures are averages of kitchen renovation and do not necessarily translate to your particular  kitchen renovation.  Nothing will be as accurate as an actual design and for your space.

Step 3: Kitchen Renovation Design and Development 

Once you’ve decided on what your dream kitchen looks like, you can proceed to implementing your design choices.  Kitchen cabinetry, backsplash tile, kitchen countertops, floor coverings, plumbing and electrical selections are all detailed in sketches along with space planning, floor plans with cabinet sizes, etc – all these technical factors come in once the design aspects are covered.  An in-depth review of the material selections takes place and finishes are assigned to specific surfaces, making your kitchen renovation one step closer to being realized.

Once the development phase begins, you have to make sure your family is well prepared for the transition.  It will only be a short while before the kitchen renovation begins so it’s perfect timing to start thinking about how your family will  call about daily activities while the kitchen renovation takes place. While we focus on efficient projects, meaning getting the job done properly and in good timing, we always want to make sure that enough time is allocated to ensure a job well done.  Each projects build time will vary based on specific conditions but in general a kitchen renovation could take anywhere from 4 to 7 weeks to complete. Prepare your household for a temporary shift in it’s natural habitat.  Preparing meals in advance of the kitchen renovation will help ease the transition. 

 

Overall, a kitchen renovation is exciting for everyone  with proper planning and guidance. With our selection of kitchen cabinets in New Jersey we’re sure you will find something everyone will agree on.  And with a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty,  you’ll have peace of mind knowing your investment in your home is safe.

Need help planning your kitchen renovation?

Give us a call at 973-636-0100  to get started!

5 Tips for Keeping your House Warm in the Winter

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Home Remodeling Company in NJ

Keep the Curtains Open

During the day that is, and at night, close them up. Closing them at night will help to trap heat inside your home. During the day letting the sun in will significantly change the warmer feel in your house. Ensure that any drafts caused by windows are trapped with thick curtains.

Add Rugs to Bare Floors

Adding a rug to the floor not only keeps your house warmer, but it saves a few dollars in your pocket. According to the National Energy Foundation, it can add up to 10% less heat loss than a bare floor. Luckily, with websites featuring overstocked items, getting large area rugs for your home is affordable.

Reverse your Fans

In the winter, your fan blades need to turn in the opposite direction than they do in cooler months. Fan construction is really quite simple, with a simple screwdriver you can remove and turn the blades to tilt in the other direction. If you have a newer fan, fip the reverse switch on in the fan’s housing. In the winter you want your fans to bring the warm air (because heat rises) from the top of the room down.

Unblock the Heat Vents

Sometimes people design the layout of their furniture without considering the heating vents found along the floors and side panels of a room. If your furniture is too close to these vents you are preventing the heat to properly circulate. Check to make sure none of these vents are prevented from doing their job.

Insulate Everything

Ok, maybe not everything, but we can’t stress enough how important insulation is for a warm home. Even your water heaters could use a bit more insulation than they already have, this will help save on your home energy costs in the long run. Insulate anywhere where drafts, albeit small ones, are entering your home. Those tiny drafts can turn into heat escapes, and with just a bit of insulation you can prevent the heat from seething out of those cracks.

As a New Jersey Home Remodeling company, our team here at Trade Mark Design and Build knows cold weather. Our goal is make your home efficient, without sacrificing style.