Scrolling down your social media feed and seeing those gorgeous, sleek, and tidy kitchens make you feel like it’s time to update your own. But you don’t know where to start? You are not alone. After all, kitchen is one of the more complicated and expensive rooms to remodel. Valley Fab team has a few thoughtful nuggets of wisdom from our fifteen years in the industry.
1. Hire a designer or become your own designer: get at least a couple quotes to compare your choices. You can get quotes for a couple different surface options. You have a lot of choices! And that’s a great thing! You don’t have to compromise the looks due to budget, anymore. For example, most reputable fabricators offer a more affordable version of the same luxurious look and feel – make sure to be transparent about you want and directly ask them if they have similar designs with more affordable price tag.
2. Have your priorities straight and communicate them to your designer, customer service representative, and/or contractor. In order to choose the right materials and create a cohesive composition, establishing style, color scheme, budget, and surface performance expectation is crucial. For example, kitchen for someone who cooks twice a day can require vastly different solutions compared to kitchen for someone who cooks once a month.
3. Keep a calendar and contracts with each of your contractors. This is crucial for a kitchen remodel because you can’t install countertops without finishing the floor and fully set up everything before solving the plumbing issues. Unless you have a project manager who is doing the planning for you, you are the only person who can manage multiple contractors and fabricators. Keep a calendar and know exactly what the expectations are for each day and week.
4. Inspect your newly finished project. This is best done before the contractors leave. It is possible to encounter some mistakes, unintentional scratches or damages to your newly installed countertop or cabinet. These damages are possible to occur during transportation and installation phase. Contact the appropriate installer or the fabricator to come fix those minor issues as soon as you found out about the issues.
5. Ask for care instructions. Make sure you care for your new kitchen properly. Some materials are sensitive to acid, moisture, or tend to stain. Sealing them helps to avoid those undesirable damages – however, that does not mean should be careless. Your investment should serve you for many years to come and asking care instructions from the fabricator is the best route. Remember, they also want your set up remain flawless for a long time.
Most importantly, plan and sit back and enjoy your very own space and fill it with the best memories possible.