Finding the right contractor for your kitchen renovations can be tricky! When it comes to a highly valued room like your kitchen, the quality of work matters. Resale value can be diminished when poor work has been completed on a space, meaning that your investment into the space can be negligible. When you consider our services it is important to look at our customer references, our peer relationships and our quality of product delivered.
We demand the absolute best for our clients; this is achieved through the acquirement of top talent, investment into training and the constant innovation taken by our team to deliver results. Throughout the employment of each of our team members we instill fundamental training to ensure proficient skills are utilized, continued education and coaching. All projects undertaken by our team are completed with the supervision of a team lead. This team lead is able to assess the quality of work, ensure that our high standards are maintained and provide our clients with top tier service. If you are looking for a contractor that readily goes above and beyond for all clients, look no further than General Contracting & Renovations.
The cost for a kitchen renovation will vary depending on the scope of work. Due to this variance we are not able to offer a broad quote for kitchen renovations completed by our team. We are able to offer a free, no-pressure consultation for all patrons looking for professional contractor services. We deliver these consultations to current and prospective clients who are hoping to gain the services of licensed and insured kitchen renovation experts. The cost associated with your kitchen renovation will change depending on the demolition, size of project, changes and the materials used to achieve the final product approved by clients.
Kitchen renovations generally include the alteration or replacement of cabinetry. This is important, as the cabinetry will affect the functionality and the visual appeal of the entire space. Our kitchens are home to a substantial amount of value in our homes. We are sure to turn your investment into a return with the customization of cabinetry in your kitchen. Working with our team you will be able to customize design, colour, and the material that your cabinetry is constructed with. Not only do we offer completely custom cabinetry, but w offer the restoration or resurfacing of current units.
The value that you will see returned from your kitchen renovation is generally much higher than any other room in a home. We are able to elevate the overall value associated with your property by simply updating your kitchen with our professional craftsmanship. If you are looking to improve the functionality, visual appeal or the value of your kitchen, call on our customer care team for a free consultation! By investing in your kitchen, you are able to increase the overall value of your property leading to a phenomenal return on investment.
A renovation of the heart.
Many consider the kitchen to be the most important part of the home. It's been said that this space is the heart of the home and therefore is essential to the day-to-day functions of each family. Since this area is such an important room in our homes, it is important that it is beautifully decorated and nicely appointed to invoke a sense of warmth and comfort for all members of the family. Not only does it tie together the flow of the home, it bonds family together during meals, family gatherings and those times when you're reviewing your child's homework. The functionality of this space is unlimited. Not only can it be functional, it needs to be a space that homeowners can be proud of. In performing a renovation, it is important to know that kitchens and bathrooms add the most value to a home. It's no wonder that the elements that are introduced into such a space have to tie the entire home together cohesively. No matter the size, everyone wants to take pride in the design and layout of the most important room in the home. Since this special space is the area where we feed our bodies, it can be likened to a source of energy for our souls and our minds.
What's beneath the surface?
Some people love a good surprise. It's fun to get an unexpected gift or have an unexpected joyful event occur in our lives. When it comes to the renovation of our homes, surprises are not fun at all. That is why it is important when undergoing a renovation project, that it is done thoroughly and in great detail. Understanding what's behind the walls of your home is essential for renovation projects. There are many hidden factors to consider when renovating any part of your home. Those factors include:
- Electrical systems
- Gas elements
- Plumbing system
Any time you complete a full renovation on your home, you have to take into consideration those three elements. These are elements that are behind the walls and are not easily seen with the naked eye. If you have any termite damage, you have to factor this issue into your renovation cost as well. Completing a renovation on any part of your home and not taking these elements into consideration is like putting a band-aid on a gaping wound. To address these issues, it is important to hire a contractor that has experience in doing a full renovation.
Configuration for the ultimate design?
How you configure the heart of your home is extremely important in the planning phase. Some factors to consider would be the layout of counter spaces and kitchen cabinets. Some questions you need to ask yourself would include:
- Do you want to incorporate an island?
- Would you prefer a peninsula design?
- Is a galley-style layout more appropriate?
- Are there any load-bearing walls that would impede your layout?
Often, it is helpful to hire the services of an architect to determine if there are any load-bearing walls or if there are any impediments that would deter you from achieving your ultimate layout design. These factors require thoughtful consideration before you purchase any materials. The layout will determine how much materials you need for your project. This would ultimately determine the cost of the overall project. Configuring your space also needs to be aesthetically pleasing to the individuals that would be using the space. You need to determine how the space would be used. Even though this area is considered the heart of the home, not everybody uses this area the same as others. These are factors that must be considered and planned for in advance. Consulting with a professional contractor will help guide your decisions.
Material choices and your budget.
The material choices you select for your project are a huge determining factor for the bottom line cost. The size of the project is another factor. Of course, determining your budget in the planning phase is also essential. There have been nightmare stories of homeowners undertaking renovation projects that have taken months to complete and have cost them tens of thousands of dollars more than they initially planned. The key to planning for any renovation is setting a budget and sticking to it. If you set a budget and find that you're not able to stick to it, work with your contractor in making adjustments to the selection of materials or possibly doing some of the work yourself to reduce the amount of labor costs. It is wise to have a portion of the budget allocated as a contingency. One example of material selections that could affect the budget include choosing higher-end materials. For example, granite countertops normally cost more than corian or quartz countertops. Often, the same look can be achieved by using different materials. The same applies with other aspects of the design space such as flooring, cabinetry and fixtures. Your selections in these items are a big determining factor in the overall budget.
There are several choices you can incorporate into the heart of your home. The most popular and highly sought-after material includes hardwood. Coincidentally, this material is also the most expensive of the choices. Hardwood floors are durable and with the right maintenance can last a long time. For your overall design, you can choose solid hardwood floors or engineered hardwood floors. Of course, solid hardwood floors are the most expensive option of the two selections. Other selections include a laminate flooring. With laminate floors, you're able to introduce the look of hardwoods without the price. Laminate floors are also durable and mimic the look of hardwood floors almost perfectly. Bamboo flooring is also a popular choice as it is stylish, durable and can look a lot like hardwood flooring. Since it is friendly to the environment, many homeowners opt to use this material for their flooring options. Other flooring materials could include:
- Tile flooring
- Concrete flooring
- Vinyl flooring
- Linoleum flooring
Depending on the look you're trying to achieve, either one of these flooring choices could add the decorative element you desire. With concrete flooring, you are able to implement more of an industrial or contemporary style. On the other hand, tile flooring can introduce elements of rustic charm or a more traditional feel.
Kitchen cabinets are another element in the heart of the home that comes in many different styles. Cabinetry can introduce a different design element for your home. Traditional cabinetry typically features more detailing with raised panel doors and comes in different colors. From a cherry wood color to a walnut stain finish, traditional cabinets can accentuate other features within your space. Other examples of cabinet styles could include shaker style cabinets that display a clean and simple design element. Typically the design of the doors have flatter panels and invoke a casual comfortable look. Rustic cabinetry gives comes in warmer colors and have imperfections ingrained to give a more rugged look. Contemporary style cabinetry are usually more minimal in design and have more streamlined features. This style of cabinetry is often used in more modern and contemporary kitchens. Other cabinetry styles include:
- A slab panel cabinet
- Country Style cabinets
- Craftsman style cabinets
- Glass front cabinets
Regardless of the style, it is important to note that cabinets can accentuate the style of your space.
Like cabinetry, countertops can come in a wide selection of materials, styles and choices. Marble is one of the more popular choices for counter materials. It is also one of the more expensive choices. There are other countertop materials that are just as effective when incorporated into the design of your home. Materials such as quartz can mimic the style of marble countertops. If you're looking for a more streamlined design, quartz comes in solid colors for a more contemporary modern feel. Granite countertops are also one of the more popular choices. Typically it is at the top of the price spectrum. It is durable and almost maintenance-free. This counter material requires regular sealing to avoid staining. Other countertop materials include:
- Corian countertops
- Soapstone countertops
- Ceramic countertops
It is important to make sure your countertop material fits well within your budget. Another important factor to consider is the weight of the countertops in comparison to your cabinetry. Some countertop materials, such as quartz, can be quite heavy in weight. It is important to select a high quality cabinetry that can support the weight of your countertop selection material. A professional contractor can provide input for the best results.
Tile is a material that is so versatile it can be used for backsplashes or flooring. No matter how you use this material, it is sure to add a sense of charm and elegance to any space. When selecting your tile, it is important to determine where this tile will be installed. Will it be installed on the floor or will it be used as an accent piece such as the backsplash. Tile is also used for countertop surfaces, therefore, if you plan to utilize tile as your countertop selection, it is important to incorporate the right grout color for your space design. Tiles come in different materials and can be incorporated in different ways in your space. Anything from glass tile to ceramic tiles can be installed and look great as an accent feature. For the sake of a kitchen renovation, we will refer to tiles as a backsplash feature. In selecting this feature, it is important to consider where you'll be installing and how the material can stand up to everyday use. For example, if you're installing tile as a backsplash over the stove, select a tile that is durable and can withstand heat and messes. Seasoned contractors are a wealth of information on material selections.
The finishing touches.
The finishing touches of your home improvement project could include everything from lighting, cabinet handles and faucet fixtures. These items may seem minimal to some, but for others, the finishing touches can make or break the overall design of the project. When it comes to a kitchen renovation, selecting the right fixtures for lighting is just as important as selecting the right materials for your countertop selection. You have to determine if you want pendant lighting or more of a chandelier lighting style. In selecting cabinet handles, you have to determine if you want traditional handles or more contemporary handles. Often, homeowners use an eclectic blend of transitional cabinetry with traditional cabinet hardware. This is an interesting way to incorporate different styles into one space. Faucets selections are also important. They are a substantial design element included in the kitchen renovation project. Careful consideration must be given when selecting the type of finish you want. For example, do you want an oil rubbed gooseneck finish or would you prefer a shiny chrome waterfall style faucet. These are all elements that should be considered when selecting your finishing touches
Home improvement projects can be exciting and overwhelming. When designing the space, you want to do so with thoughtful consideration and a high level of planning. After all, the kitchen is where we cook our meals, laugh with friends and family and have our morning cup of coffee. Not only does the design of this room affect our mental acuity, it also adds a tremendous amount of value to the overall home price. Even though you may not be looking to sell your home, you still want to incorporate design elements that add value and are aesthetically pleasing to you and your family. Ultimately, when renovating your home, the goal is the finished product. We always want to have a finished product that's reminiscent of the pictures that are featured in the top interior design magazines. A functional and beautifully designed kitchen will draw your family, friends and loved ones to a central location filled with love. The design elements you select can be aesthetically pleasing and incorporate a sense of charm and warmth. With proper planning and management, you're able to implement a design that is sure to please every member in your home.