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Practical Tips for a Kitchen Renovation

Lately, I've been spending a lot of time on kitchen remodels, and I've got to say, I find them enjoyable! Unlike new constructions, renovations throw unique challenges that push me to think outside the box. Don’t get me wrong, new builds are fun, too! It’s good to have a mix! It's fascinating how these projects unfold, especially when working within existing parameters. Throughout these recent projects, I've spent countless hours with clients, understanding their renovation goals. What’s clear is that some come fully equipped with research while others rely fully on my expertise, and that’s perfectly okay.

Gone are the days when kitchens were just for cooking. They've evolved into the heart of a home, where families cook, bond, and create memories. Today's kitchens are made to multitask, doubling up as spaces for homework, meetings, and relaxation.

Let me share a few things I wish everyone knew before diving into a renovation project:

Seek out an experienced Kitchen Designer early in the planning stage: Our team at Sunvalley Cabinets comprises of three Kitchen Designers with an extensive portfolio. Collectively we’ve done hundreds of kitchen renos. We’ve encountered nearly every possible scenario during remodels. Our job? Assist in decision-making, create a beautiful and functional design, foresee potential issues, and keep everything on schedule, which ensures you invest where it matters for long-lasting value.

Understand Costs: Prior to starting, familiarize yourself with the expenses involved. Cabinets, appliances, flooring, lighting, and labor all come with substantial costs. Research helps you craft a realistic budget.

Set a Budget: Be transparent about your financial limits. There’s a range of cabinets and appliances to suit every budget. We understand that budget discussions can be awkward and difficult, we don’t like them either. However, the longer we do this type of work the more we’ve learned that the budget talk is incredibly important. Work with people you trust, when you trust someone then you can feel confident that your budget will be spent responsibly.

Plan Thoroughly to Avoid Extras: Meticulous planning is key. A few months dedicated to planning can prevent unnecessary changes during construction, saving both money and time.

Communicate Your Needs: Share your needs and wants with the designer. Are you cramped for space or in need of better storage? Your insights guide our planning. We have vast knowledge of storage and functional hardware solutions that may help your space work for you.

Prioritize Accessibility: Think long-term—will your needs change as you age in your home?

Anticipate Surprises: Even with thorough planning, expect the unexpected. Allocate extra funds for unforeseen circumstances; they’re a regular part of any renovation.

Select Products Early: Make product decisions before construction begins. This helps contractors in providing accurate quotes and prevents delays.

Minimize Structural Changes: Reducing plumbing, electrical, and wall alterations saves money and reduces the amount of time the project will take.

Value Quality Over Price: Opt for durable, low-maintenance products. Flashy materials aren’t always practical for everyday use. With cabinetry and counter tops the saying “you get what you pay for” is always true, except for when it’s not. In these times you need an experienced Kitchen Designer that is very aware of material options and pricing. Sunvalley’s Kitchen Designers experience gives you the upper hand. Not only do we design the cabinetry, but we are also pricing them down to the boards and paints used to construct them and you guessed it, that happens in our own shop too; and since we like to finish what we start, you may as well have us do the installation as well.

Communicate clearly with Contractors: Honest and smooth communication is the cornerstone of a successful project. Set ground rules from the outset and maintain a positive relationship with the workers.

Remodeling your kitchen can be an overwhelming task. With proper guidance and preparation, it can be a very pleasant and rewarding experience. I hope that when you find yourself looking at a future kitchen remodel that some of these simple tips will be remembered and help you have an amazing experience!


Steve Elias

Sunvalley Cabinets & Construction

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