Anyone who’s done a kitchen remodeling knows it’s not easy - because of that, we want to ask you: why are you doing it? In other words, what are you hoping to get out of it? These questions and many others are the ones you should consider when starting your kitchen remodel in Clinton, IL. You should also consider trusting Waters Construction, a family-owned business with over 50 years experience, as you begin a long but rewarding process.
Our philosophy can be summed up as such: either do it right, or do it twice. Taking shortcuts may help you save money at first, but you’ll soon find that those savings pale in comparison to the added long-term costs. The good news? We get it right the first time. We at Waters Construction are not like the many unlicensed and uninsured "contractors" in the market that we have seen first-hand.
Before you begin your kitchen remodel in Clinton IL, you should revisit the first question we asked you: why are you doing it? It’s not an easy task, so it’s important that your plan matches your goal - are you remodeling because you’ve maxed out your current space? Are you remodeling in order to freshen the house up for a sale? Your answer to these questions will let us know what exactly you expect from your remodel and what all you’ll need for it.
The second thing you should do is plan ahead. We apologize for all the questions, but we’ll have to ask them at some point or another, so we might as well get them out of the way. After you’ve asked yourself why, you should ask yourself what exactly you hope to accomplish - how do you intend to use the kitchen?
Depending on your goals, you may want to consider leaving room for an island. Maybe you want a second sink to prepare food, or maybe you’ll need extra storage. Will you knock out a wall or extend the kitchen by adding on to your home? How much space can you conceivably add to your kitchen layout?
Depending on the age of your kitchen, you might confront electrical or plumbing concerns as you remodel. In any case, there are two factors you should keep at the front of your mind.
This is your renovation, so it should be convenient for you and those who will use it most. There are some simple ways to do this. Store breakfast foods and bowls near the breakfast table. Keep wraps and plastic containers in one handy spot near a work surface for wrapping leftovers. Those who cook frequently require more counter space -- ideally between the range and sink -- than those who cook infrequently or who prepare simple meals.
There are also more advanced (read: specific) ways to do this: Paths throughout a kitchen should be at least 36 inches wide. Paths within the cooking zone should be 42 inches wide for a one-cook kitchen and 48 inches wide for a two-cook configuration. When designing your kitchen, allow 15 inches of countertop on each side of a cooktop and refrigerator. Landing space is also important near the microwave.
Here’s a quick tip. As we said above, making use of pre-existing space and utilities will help cut down on remodeling costs. One easy way to do this is to utilize brighter, softer color schemes to help visually expand the room. Dark color schemes shrink an already small space and make it less inviting. It’s the little things.
You also need to think realistically about your budget. In our experience, customers will spend between 6% and 10% of their home’s value on their kitchen remodel. Experts say your budget shouldn’t exceed 15%. Before you get started, you should at least have a rough idea of how much you want to spend. Our advice: if you can’t afford it, don’t buy it.