Some home improvement projects are simple and can be taken cared of with a DIY approach. Most major jobs, like installing a solar roofing system or exterior remodeling, require the help of a trained and experienced professional. Then, there are big-ticket renovations that are best handled by both a contractor and a designer. One such example is kitchen remodeling.
For many homeowners, designing a brand-new kitchen is a matter of personal preference. After all, who better to decide what features to include than the people who will ultimately use the space? However, there are plenty of advantages to hiring a professional designer to really achieve your dream kitchen.
Working With Budgets
It’s easy to get carried away while you’re shopping for appliances for your kitchen remodel. New and modern ovens, ranges, refrigerators and other inclusions have bells and whistles that are meant to make customers want to have them. For homeowners who have no limits on their working budgets, this can be a good thing. On the other hand, if you want your kitchen remodel to be under a certain limit, it’s important to have a skilled designer around for the project.
Designers have experience working with a budget. Not only that, but they are also able to maximize the benefits of limited funds. A designer can recommend practical changes that can help make the most of your remodeling project without having to sacrifice too many items on your “Wants” list.
Clear Vision and Planning
For all projects, you want to have the details of the construction laid out clearly and completely before starting the job. Although there are so many more things involved, the same is true for kitchen remodeling. Gutting a kitchen and putting in new cabinets, counters and appliances is too big a project to take on without a clear vision of what you want to accomplish.
It’s at this point where designers can offer their professional insight, which is perhaps one of their most valuable benefits. Planning for a full kitchen remodel can overwhelm many homeowners, especially those who are taking it on for the first time. A designer can help guide your vision and lay out specific steps and solutions to bring you closer to your goals. They can help reduce the details that muddle up the plan and create a better and more cohesive design to incorporate in your brand-new kitchen.
Plenty More Options
In certain home improvement projects like, for example solar roofing installation, the options on what you can get are fairly limited. You can choose a manufacturer for your solar panels, narrow down their list of products based on your wattage needs and then get a contractor to install the cells properly. In kitchen remodeling, the pool of options you have is exponentially bigger.
The problem is that many homeowners are not fully aware just how many things they can choose from for their kitchen remodel. From countertop materials to backsplash tiles to cabinet finishes, organization and shelving options, range hood layout, stovetop and oven configurations, homeowners often run the risk of narrowing themselves down to only a few choices. As you’re finishing your planning phase, this is a good thing, but limiting yourself at the beginning of a project can be too restrictive.
Thankfully, many professional designers are well versed in the ins and outs of the kitchen remodeling industry. They can help you realize that there are ways to get the features you want even if you think these features are not available at first. This is just one of the best reasons to hire a professional kitchen remodeling designer.
Plan A, Plan B, Plan C
Despite planning out far ahead of time and including as many details as possible, there are still things that could go wrong and not follow the plan. These issues can range from minor hiccups, which are resolved with a quick fix or adjustment, to major changes that could affect the outcome of your kitchen remodel.
When these big problems occur, it is very helpful to have a designer around to help. Professional designers usually have experience dealing with project hurdles. Some designers will even come up with multiple plans which they could draw on in case the first few plans go awry. Having the benefit of their experience can certainly save you all the headache and stress of dealing with sudden changes in your kitchen remodeling project.
Home improvement projects like a roof replacement or a home addition are definitely an exciting time for many homeowners. However, it’s important to remember that these are still construction projects. This means that they all carry the same risk for accidents and injury as any other construction site. This is equally true for interior remodeling work, such as kitchen upgrades and renovations.
Professional designers take safety precautions very seriously. Often, they will make sure that all protocols are followed, and that you or your family members will remain safe even with all the building happening inside your home. Professionals like designers and contractors are also subject to follow local safety codes to ensure that projects are completed safely and with little to no risk of any untoward incidents. Having a designer who is local is even better as they are usually knowledgeable about all the requirements that your area has for construction projects, ensuring that the finished kitchen is safe and free of any hazards.
Sticking With Schedules
It can be very inconvenient to have construction work done in your home. Some homeowners even resort to staying at a hotel during a remodel so they don’t get affected as much by all the work and also so they do not get in the way of the work. Because of this, customers tend to prefer to have the job finished as early as possible without sacrificing quality.
A professional designer will have experience dealing with tight deadlines and strict timelines. This ensures that your inconvenience is minimized and that you can enjoy your brand-new kitchen as soon as possible. Designers incorporate time-saving methods in their plans, which can further cut down the number of days it takes to complete the job even with unforeseen issues. In fact, having a designer around to help you can even reduce any of these unforeseen issues even before they could cause any delays to your kitchen remodel.
Commitment to Customer Satisfaction
Designing a full kitchen is a collaborative effort between you and your designer. Professionals will take into account your preferences and use them to guide the project into completion. Feel free to communicate with your designer any ideas you might have that could elevate the final design and get you one step closer to the kitchen of your dreams.
At Bay Valley Contractors, our team of skilled and experienced kitchen remodeling designers will be more than happy to help you build the perfect kitchen for your home. Give us a call at (925) 705-7889, or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate on kitchen remodeling, home additions, roofing replacements and other general contracting services today.