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The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the home. Many homeowners explore remodeling a kitchen to update appliances, change the functionality of the room, or expand the kitchen. Remodeling a kitchen brings new life and light into a home. It is important to keep the kitchen user friendly and pleasant to spend time in. But there are many considerations when remodeling a kitchen, and it is important to select an experienced contractor for the job.
Wheeler Builders has over 75 years’ combined experience, with a long list of satisfied customers. As your licensed Residential Builder, we will manage all aspects of your kitchen renovation project, from consultation and design to plumbing and electrical work to appliance and cabinetry installation and the final painting. We provide our clients with the satisfaction of a single point of contact to manage the entire project. We believe in excellence and integrity and this is expressed in our attention to detail and our determination to bring our clients the highest quality workmanship at competitive prices.
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- Before we begin a remodel, we discuss your goals and priorities. This is helps develop a realistic budget which is acceptable for you, and will satisfy your goals. Many people remodel their kitchen to update appliances, increase counter or storage space, or add a breakfast nook. Other goals are more aesthetic; more light, a modern look or an upgrade in quality. Knowing your goals and priorities allows us to design solutions which are within your budget.
- When remodeling a kitchen to enlarge it, the first options considered are either to take space from elsewhere in the house, or expand the house outward around the kitchen. Consider your options with care before making a choice, as knocking down structural walls can get expensive, although less expensive than expanding. One affordable option is expanding counter space in the existing area. Lengthening a cabinet, adding a bar top or island, or moving appliances such as a microwave from the counter and integrating them into the cabinetry all provide more counter space at a fraction of the cost of expanding the kitchen.
- Kitchen cabinets are the most visible part of a kitchen. Depending on your goals and budget, you may consider replacing the cabinets entirely, “refacing” – typically replacing the doors, drawer fronts and hardware, repainting, or upgrading the hardware. There are various advantages and drawbacks to each of these options, and only a one on one consultation will help you decide which is best for you. If you plan on replacing the cabinets, consider using drawers for your lower cabinets to maximize your usable storage space. Lower drawers provide greater accessibility without bending down or squatting. More advanced cabinetry options include glass doors, open shelving, pull-out garbage and recyclable containers, and recessed lighting.
- When remodeling a kitchen, appliances may also be updated. This may be the primary reason for the remodel. In all cases, you should assess your appliance needs honestly. Although restaurant style stoves are very popular in kitchen remodels, you may not need an eight burner stove with three ovens. A traditionally styled four burner gas stove is probably sufficient. For bakers, additional ovens can be purchased separately. Your refrigerator can be upgraded to hold more food and supplies. If you are replacing cabinets, be sure to allow for a larger size refrigerator. Finally, sinks are a vital part of the kitchen. You may find having two sinks helpful: one sink for food washing and a split sink for washing dishes. When selecting a dishwasher, pay attention to its noise level. You may also want a dish rack for delicate dishes which must be hand washed.
- Tile, granite, marble, solid surfaces, laminates and hardwoods are all used in various combinations throughout a kitchen. The selection of the surface material for your floor, counter space and bar top will have a big impact on the finished product. Select many samples and compare them side by side. Your decision should be based on a combination of budget, consistency with the rest of your home, and personal preference.