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Conquer that kitchen

Posted August 26, 2015 in Altoona, Community Featured

Remodeling a kitchen can be a scary proposition; taking it a step at a time will help to make the process less intimidating.

Hire a Contractor: I encourage you to visit with a contractor early in the process. Experienced contractors will provide input and feedback and their early involvement is invaluable. When selecting a contractor, do your homework and ask for referrals. Remember the best contactors are worth waiting for.

Plan: I recommended starting an idea book with a detailed wish list and pictures of rooms, products, materials and details that appeal to you. Organize it by priority, from the “must haves” to the “in your dreams.” Plan your new kitchen to maximize storage, efficiency and comfort. Note those features about your current kitchen that you detest.

Budget: Will this be a major remodel or a facelift? A major remodel may require structural modifications such as removing or relocating walls and as a general rule will require a much larger budget. In comparison, a facelift consists of updating knobs, countertops, sink, faucets, lights, floors and a fresh coat of paint. This can be a great option if you are on a tight budget or are updating the kitchen for purposes of selling the property.

Select Materials:

  • Cabinets: select high quality cabinets. I like cabinets made entirely of wood with no particle board sides or backs. Look for dovetail drawers and check the slides and hinges for solid high quality hardware. You could also consider resurfacing your current cabinets.
  • Countertops: there are fantastic options for countertops ranging from laminates to more-costly stone, quarts or granite. The latest generations of laminates and other materials provide excellent alternatives to the more costly stone and granite countertops.
  • Appliances: The cost of new appliances can be a major portion of your budget. Consider purchasing display models or purchase your appliances from dealers who sell overstock and scratch and dent models. The purchase price can be as much as half of what you will pay for full retail. Don’t forget those tax rebates on energy efficient models.
  • Flooring: I prefer tile, hardwoods or vinyl. Avoid snap together particle board or faux hardwood products. Most will peel and warp when they get wet.

Work closely and communicate with your contractor often. A good contractor will help you reach your goals of having a functional, comfortable, and efficient workspace that will be the envy of your neighbors.

Information Provided by Rob Julander, Julander Remodeling, Altoona, 515-556-0716,

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