If you’re planning a kitchen remodel and want to make sure you’re spending your money wisely, you’ll appreciate these budget saving tips from the best kitchen contractors in Newton:
Get a Roll of Painter’s Tape and a Big Empty Space
It’s very hard for some people to visualize room layouts and how spaces actually work. Looking at floor plans doesn’t automatically translate into understanding what a room will look and feel like. If you, or someone in your family, is one of these people, a great idea to make things easier to understand is to get a roll of painter’s tape (about $3 at the hardware store) and a big empty space such as a garage, empty meeting room, auditorium etc.
Use the painter’s tape to mark off the dimensions of your new kitchen on the floor, as well as any immovable items within your plan – things like kitchen islands, cabinetry, and appliances. Now try walking around inside this space, keeping within the lines created. Have your other family members in there with you. How crowded is it really, when everyone’s standing in the space between the kitchen island and the stove, for example?
It is much, much easier to move tape on a floor than it is to change construction plans after the building has started. After you’re done trying out the new kitchen layout and deciding what works and what doesn’t, it’s easy to peel up the tape and dispose of it, leaving the big empty space clean and ready for whoever needs it next.
Talk Through Why You Like the Things You Like
When we help people in Newton with their kitchen remodels, sometimes couples get into conflict about specific aspects of the kitchen design, such as a particular type of cabinetry or countertop. This is especially true when developing the budget. Sometimes compromise is required, but to do this in such a way as to ensure everyone is happy with the new kitchen, it’s important to understand why people like certain kitchen items they like. It’s not unheard of for someone who was adamant to have a granite countertop be willing to compromise to other equally attractive yet less expensive stone countertop options once they were aware such things were available, for example.