Next to bathroom remodeling, a kitchen remodel is one of the most popular home improvement projects. The kitchen is the hub of the house where much time is spent with family and friends. With so much focus on the kitchen, homeowners are investing more money to remodel, and even add onto their existing kitchens, than they spend on other home improvement projects. Some lenders and utility agencies offer great incentives for a “green” kitchen remodel, in which older appliances are replaced with more energy efficient ones or when recycled material is used to create unique countertops or floors. Kitchens, like bathrooms, have many components for a homeowner to select, from equipment to materials. Working with a quality contractor can help sort through the myriad of options available.
For a major kitchen remodel, in which changes to the space will occur or the entire kitchen is slated for removal, most homeowners will hire a general building contractor also referred to as a general contractor as this type of contractor can handle the multitude of trades present on a kitchen remodeling job. Some remodeling contractors specialize in kitchen remodel makeovers and will refer to themselves as kitchen remodeling contractors. A Kitchen remodel can involve the installation of new doors, windows, and the removal or addition of walls as well as new lights, cabinets, countertops, appliances, and flooring. With so many factors involved, many homeowners look for a general contractor or remodeling contractor who understands the nature of a kitchen remodel project.
Anytime a kitchen layout changes or new appliances are installed, electrical and plumbing work will most likely be involved. Some homeowners have the time and the knowledge base to act as their own general contractors on a major kitchen remodel. They will hire and coordinate the necessary contractors to complete the project. Most others will find that working with a good kitchen remodeling contractor will be invaluable.
Some kitchen remodeling projects might build on the existing kitchen’s layout instead of removing all elements. For example, a project might involve replacing the old tile countertop with a granite slab countertop in addition to replacing the cabinetry. Smaller scale changes can completely create the feel of a new space for less monetary investment. For a project involving the scope of work outlined above, a homeowner can hire specialty contractors to complete the work. For example, a fine wood-working carpenter can handle the cabinetry as can a cabinetry contractor. A tile or stone contractor can remove an existing tile countertop and replace the surface with a granite slab.
Whether just refinishing your cabinets to update your kitchen’s look or tearing out the whole kitchen and replacing everything, make sure you hire the right contractor by doing your research before selecting him or her. Make sure your contractor understands the look and feel you desire whether your style is modern or more traditional. A good remodeling contractor will help you select materials and equipment that will complement your style as well as the look of the rest of your home.