General Advice From a CT home remodeling contractor:
1) Don't cut corners to stay within your budget.
If you are going to do remodel or renovate at all, do it right. Maybe that means taking on fewer projects than you planned, but you don't have to complete each part of your CT kitchen remodel at once. It is much better to have a few high quality upgrades than semblances of your target.
Make a list of changes you would like to make, prioritize the list, and work through it as your budget allows. Don't feel pressure to cut corners to complete the list. Remodeling is expensive, disruptive, and time-consuming, but it is well worth it if you are satisfied with the end product. A cheap kitchen remodel that you are only part way satisfied with is honestly a waste of money. You will end up re-doing it again down the road. Further, lower-quality upgrades don't last as long. An experienced CT home remodeling contractor can help you break down the steps of your kitchen remodel and make a long term plan. Start small, and hold off on further projects until you can afford to do them right. (image via eatwell101.com)
There is one exception to this rule. If you are selling your home, a CT kitchen renovation can boost the value of your home. According to Remodeler Magazine's 2013 Cost vs Value Report, the cost recouped for a minor kitchen remodel is greater than for a major kitchen remodel (77% VS 61.2% in Hartford, CT.)
2) Do your homework
(image via http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/) Research the materials you are interested in, appliances, manufacturers, and contractors. Gather information from several sources. Do not rush the planning process. Some of our favorite sources are:
Anthony Green at the Countertop Investigator For practical advice and pros/cons of most popular countertop materials
Kitchen Design CT:
House to Home For room ideas, and tips for a CT kitchen remodel
This Old House Tips for kitchen lighting and kitchen islands
Home Portfolio Great blog. Includes mistakes to avoid, planning a CT kitchen remodel, and design ideas by style.
Our Blogs on Kitchens CT Kitchen remodel tips, trends, costs, and value, ways to refresh the kitchen, and reasons to remodel from your CT home remodeling contractor.
Kitchen Remodel Costs Guides:
Houzz Cost Guides, Plus great information on countertops, backsplashes, cabinets, small kitchen ideas, general CT kitchen remodel tips, and shopping for appliances.
Home Advisor Average costs and break down of several CT kitchen renovation projects.
3) Consult a designer.
Even if you have a clear vision of your dream kitchen, you would be surprised by how many novel ideas there are for kitchen design in CT. A lot of these ideas are accessible on the internet, but there are advantages of having a conversation with an expert. If you don't want to pay for design services, there are plenty of retail stores that offer free consultations. Even if you are a designer, you can learn a lot from yourself by discussing your ideas. Maybe you will learn that your plan is perfect, or you may decide to tweak it, but either way you will feel more confident about your kitchen design moving forward.
4) Make a list of your goals:
Always keep those goals in mind. Why do you want to remodel your kitchen? Do you want to increase the value of your home, or make the kitchen layout more friendly and open, or improve functionality of your workshop, or use the space more efficiently, or improve the aesthetic? As you narrow down your goals and priorities, think about what you like and dislike about your kitchen. Once you have identified your main goals, actually write them down. To be honest, no one enjoys the kitchen remodeling process. It is stressful and it is easy to lose sight of your priorities and get caught up on little details when your home is being torn apart. If you are struggling with decisions or feel like the project is getting off track, grab your list and say, ask 'will this help me achieve my goal?' Or 'am I making progress towards achieving my goal?' (Image via www.whatelsemichelle.com)