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Here’s your complete kitchen remodeling guide

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There are few things more daunting to a homeowner than a kitchen remodeling projects. After all, there’s much to consider and many decisions to make. We’ve put together this kitchen remodeling guide to help assist you in planning your kitchen remodel, making key decisions, and finding the right materials and installation team for the right price.

Start by making a plan

Start by asking yourself the following questions:

  1. How well does your kitchen function now?
  2. How do you use your kitchen?
  3. How much storage do you need?
  4. What kitchen style works for you?
  5. What’s your budget?

Write down the answers on a piece of paper. You might find this helps clarify what you’re looking for going into a full kitchen remodel. Of course, you may have some difficultly with the fifth item. After all, how should you budget for such a project?

Put together your budget

How much should you spend? Well, that’s really up to the size and scope of the work involved. If you’re working on a small remodel with just a few upgrades, you might have the cash-on-hand to complete the project. However, if your project is far more ambitious, a small home-improvement loan from the bank might be in order.

Using the answers you wrote down above, consider what your “line” is. This line is how much you can afford to spend. You don’t want to exceed this, so you’ll want to stick to it as much as possible, and work backwards from there.

Do your research

Now that you’ve determined your budget, it’s time to dive into some research to know just how much you need to budget for this kind of project.

Here’s some things to ask about:

  • Warranties
  • Return Policies
  • Reviews

While you’re at it, you should also look at, or ask, how durable the products are. One cabinet or countertop might be slightly cheaper, but if it is less durable, you may end up spending more money down the road to repair or replace it.

Again, this depends on your needs. If you’re a property manager, some wear-and-tear on countertops and cabinets may be expected and therefore acceptable if it means you’re getting the expected return-on-investment out of the project. Homeowners, on the other hand, are less concerned with ROI and more concerned with things that last.

Your guide to cabinets

Cabinets are the center point of focus for your new kitchen. There are many different styles, colors, and options for your kitchen cabinets. It’s important to have done your research and know what your tastes are.

Consider your space when picking cabinets. Dark cabinets will make a small space feel smaller. Conversely, too much white in your space may make your kitchen feel sterile. Some color contrast can be appealing, but make sure your cabinets, flooring, backsplash, and countertops will complement each other.

Selecting cabinets for your space

Consider your space and what you can do with it.

  • How many cabinets will you need?
  • Do you plan to keep the same floorplan?
  • Do you need a new floorplan?
  • Do you need both upper and lower cabinets?

If you have some ideas on the answers to these questions in advance, that’s great for our team to know. If not, no worries: when we meet for your free in-home estimate, we can help you figure things out.

Once these issues have been resolved, it’s time to move onto some questions regarding aesthetics:

  • Quaker style vs. Modern
  • Wood vs Veneer
  • Glass doors or solid panels
  • Color vs stain
  • Finished vs unfinished

Having old cabinets removed

If you are replacing your cabinets with new ones, you’ll need to remove the old cabinets. This is a big project and will create a lot of mess. Here’s some things to consider if you’re removing your own cabinets:

  • Start with wearing the appropriate safety gear.
  • You may want to rent a roll-off dumpster for the project. Factor that cost into your overall budget.
  • Cabinets are generally screwed into the wall, the floor, the countertop, and to each other. You’ll need to locate all the screws and remove them before attempting to remove the cabinet. This will prevent damage to your floors and walls.
  • You may be able to preserve the cabinets enough to donate them as well.

Having new cabinets installed

For your new cabinets, you’re probably going to want a pro to help you. Have one of our installers install your new kitchen cabinets.

Choosing cabinet hardware

After installing new cabinets, you may be in the market for new hardware. When picking new hardware it’s important to consider the colors or your kitchen, your whole home, and the style of your cabinets.

Traditional cabinets may not look as appealing with modern hardware and vice versa. Also, keep in mind that a kitchen with chrome finishes will clash with brass hardware on the cabinets.

Likewise, a home with outdated or gold-colored door hardware may clash with a chrome kitchen. If you’re investing in a new style, you should consider updating the rest of your home (especially adjoining rooms!) to match your new kitchen.

Everything to know about countertops

Granite or quartz countertops are the statement piece of your kitchen. They tie the whole kitchen together in color and style.

Selecting your new countertops

As with new cabinets, don’t lose focus on the size of your kitchen—or your budget—when choosing countertops. An already-small kitchen may feel even tighter and more restraining with dark countertops installed. More kitchen, more problems, too: if you have a lot of counter space, it’s going to take up more of your kitchen remodeling budget.

Consider your family’s lifestyle and needs when choosing a countertop style. Certain countertops are stain-resistant, while others stain easily. Likewise, some countertops are more hygienic compared to others.

Kitchen flooring

Let’s be honest: flooring is an afterthought for some kitchen remodeling projects. For some, it’s essential. For others, they want to keep their current tile, or have already replaced the flooring. If you’re in the former camp, choosing flooring can be a challenge, no matter which category your project falls into.

The first step is deciding which flooring will work best for your space and your family. Hardwood floors are in style right now, but in families with children or in high-traffic kitchens, the hardwood may be quickly damaged. Also, watch that water-resistance: spilled drinks and water from the sink are big problems in the kitchen.

Who will be using your kitchen?

We know that hardwood floors throughout your home may be your dream, but that may not be very reasonable. Hardwood floors are especially susceptible to water damage, so putting hardwood floors in a kitchen is not the best idea for families with young children.

Families with older children or couples with no children may be better candidates for hardwood flooring in the kitchen. Bear in mind, water damage can happen to anyone.

High traffic kitchens may also be poor candidates for hardwood flooring. Families that spend a lot of time in their kitchen may want to consider a more durable choice.

Selecting the right flooring for your kitchen

After considering your family and your habits, it’s time to choose the right flooring. If hardwood flooring still sounds like an unbeatable option, you may consider a high-traffic and waterproof laminate alternative.

Moulding and trim

Depending on the age of your home, moulding, trim, and millwork may be things to think about. Moulding and trim add a finishing style that makes your home look more elegant and polished. Consider purchasing moulding or trim to make your kitchen feel finished.

Of course, this greatly depends on the style and age of your kitchen. Many of the homes here in Phoenix have simplified moulding and trim; you may not need a lot of work or investment in this area unless you own a historic home. (Even then, be sure to check with local ordinances and laws regarding what you can change about the interior of a historic property here in the Valley!)

Lighting

Lighting can turn a drab and dreary kitchen into something far more exciting and invigorating. Here’s how you can find the perfect lighting for your home and kitchen remodel project:

Picking your light fixtures

When choosing lighting for your home, consider the size and style of your kitchen and your home. Large light fixtures can make a small kitchen feel smaller, while a small light fixture can make a large kitchen seem dark.

Farm-style kitchens work with iron, bronze, and glass light fixtures. In contrast, modern kitchens make good use of combinations of chrome, steel, and glass.

Replacing your light fixtures as part of your remodel

After picking your new light fixtures, it’s time to install them. The first step is removing the old light fixtures. If you’re nervous about this, please don’t hesitate to hire a licensed electrician. However, if you’re forging ahead, ensure that all the electrical for the circuit is turned off. Remove the lightbulbs from the fixture and carefully remove everything.

Anything that requires major rewiring should really be done by a professional electrician, who will have the training and equipment needed to make the changes you’re seeking.

Adding some extras that go a long way

Some projects feel incomplete without the cherry-on-top to tie the kitchen design together. Let’s dive in:

Wallpaper

Wallpaper is making a big comeback in home design, and some Valley homes are now returning to the styles popularized in the 50s, 60s, and even 70s. Whether you’re adding or removing wallpaper, make sure that your plans fit in with what you’re doing for the rest of the home.

Backsplash

More modern than wallpaper, backsplashes are now popular in kitchens, where they can add a pop or color or style to a space. In fact, it’s the final decorative item to match your countertops and your cabinets. Of course, it’s not just for the eyes: a backsplash will prevent food and water from damaging your walls.

To choose the right backsplash, again consider the size, style, and color of your kitchen. A plain kitchen may look good with a brighter and more decorative backsplash, while a festive kitchen may become overwhelming with a busy backsplash. Also, a small kitchen may feel smaller with a dark or busy backsplash.

Consider also the style and color of your countertops, flooring, and cabinets. Take samples of your colors and materials when picking your backsplash to see how the colors, styles, and textures will look together.

Keep in mind, tile is not your only option for a backsplash. You may also consider glass, aluminum, or stone.

How to install a backsplash

When you have chosen the perfect backsplash for your new kitchen, it’s time to install the backsplash. Installation may vary based on the material you chose for your backsplash. Aluminum backsplashes may require only some glue and a few screws, while glass, stone, and tile require grout and tile cement.

You’ll need a level, tile spacers, and patience to complete this part of the process. You may also need a tile cutter to complete your backsplash depending on the style of backsplash you chose.

If installing a backsplash seems overwhelming, you may need to do more research or hire a contractor to complete this part of your kitchen remodel. The backsplash may take a few days to complete depending on the style of your kitchen and backsplash you chose.

It’s time to get started

As we mentioned at the start: a kitchen remodel is a big project. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, just take a pause. It’s time to call in the professionals.

Invest your tax refund in your home with new counters, cabinets, and floors

It’s tax season, and this is the time of year where a vast majority of Americans receive a tax refund.

There are many things you can do with your refund. However, instead of buying a new car or taking a vacation, we’d argue that you should consider new counters, cabinets, or floors. In fact, making upgrades to your home is one of the most prudent things you can do with your refund.

Superior Stone & Cabinet is your source for granite, quartz, cabinets, and floors here in Phoenix. We offer free in-home estimates in the Valley, and we have everything, all in one place, at our 60,000 warehouse and showroom. To see our selection and meet with home remodeling experts, visit us today!

Pictured: If you're planning on getting a tax refund this season, consider reinvesting it in home upgrades.Spend your tax refund the right way

The biggest misconception about tax refunds are that they’re a form of “free money,” akin to a work bonus or gambling winnings. Not really: your refund is your money, being returned to you in a lump sum format. Unfortunately, this often leads people to make poor spending decisions with their refunds.

In reality, it’s best to be judicious with your use of your tax refund. Most experts advise paying down debt or spending it on things that keep their value. In this blog, we’ll be making the case for the latter option: by reinvesting your refund in your home, you’ll permanently boost its value, while also transforming it into something you can enjoy in the present.

Improve your home’s value

Most experts agree: your kitchens and bathrooms are the best places to invest in upgrades, as they’ll have the biggest impact on your home value and your home’s curb appeal. After all, you know this just from experience: when your friends and family come over, there’s a lot of time spent together in the kitchen.

By reinvesting your tax refund into your home in the form of kitchen remodeling and bathroom remodeling, you’ll be boosting your home’s value when you’re ready to sell.

This may be a seller’s market here in Phoenix, but buyers are more discerning than ever about what their future kitchens and bathrooms should look like. Having a modern, stylish kitchen or bathroom could make the difference between selling your home fast and at asking price, or not.

Create a more enjoyable space for you and your family

Of course, making upgrades to your home doesn’t have to be a completely utilitarian exercise. Even if you’re not planning on selling your home, you can still use your tax refund to transform your kitchen and bathrooms into spaces you’ll enjoy for decades to come.

No matter what your current kitchen or bathroom looks like, Superior can help. For example, our team recently transformed a Mesa home into a space the homeowner could enjoy for years to come. With new cabinets, counters, floors, and some other design upgrades, we created a modern, stylish, and usable space.

For a free estimate, call Superior Stone & Cabinet

Whether you’re interested in new floors, cabinets, or countertops, Superior Stone & Cabinet can help. We offer free estimates, and we can help you realize your remodeling dreams. Give us a call to schedule a free in-home estimate here in the Phoenix metro, or visit our conveniently located showroom.

Effective Kitchen Design and Remodel Process in Arizona

Kitchen design or redesign can seem overwhelming, especially if you lack that design gene other people seem to be born with. Luckily, there are experts and professionals out there who have experience and design sense. They can take your cluster of random ideas and fuse them into the kitchen of your dreams.

In order for you to get the most out of your design experience with the kitchen design pros, there is a process to go through. It is important that all of the necessary steps are covered, in order for your remodeling process to run as smoothly as possible. Consulting the design experts can save you time, money, and maybe a few headaches.

The kitchen design process only has a few steps; but for an intensive project such as a kitchen design and remodeling, you will find that all of these steps are vital for a successful outcome. Sure, many people try to tackle kitchen design and remodeling on their own, but it is recommended to seek out the advice of a professional to make sure the job is done correctly, and just the way you want it.

Free In-Home Estimate

Whether you are getting all new cabinets, beautiful granite countertops, new flooring, or completely overhauling your kitchen, the process should ALWAYS begin with an in-home estimate. Your in-home estimate is a necessity for the professionals to see what the space looks like and get a feel for your expectations. During your estimate, the design expert will take measurements, and you better believe you want an expert doing this! This way, all of your remodeling materials such as cabinets and countertops will fit like a glove, instead of being a centimeter or two off, which could be a disaster, and cause your project to come to a screeching halt.

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While the design expert is in your home taking measurements, make sure to be very clear about what you are envisioning for your new kitchen. Feel free to ask questions, and bounce some ideas around to help give both you and your design expert a clear picture of what you need and want. Pull out magazine clippings, or show them your favorite pins to your kitchen board on Pinterest. Feel free to be creative and put all of your ideas out there. Your design expert is sure to be honest with you and help you get the most out of the design experience.

Choosing the Materials

This is the fun part! It is important that you see the materials for yourself in person, because what it looks like online or in a catalogue might not be precisely what it really looks like in person. So taking a trip to see the materials first hand, is more than worth your time, and maybe a few dollars in gas money. Make sure to consider your previous discussion with your design expert while you are hunting for kitchen materials. Sometimes, you get so focused on the kitchen that you do not consider the rest of the house. You want your new kitchen to flow with the rest of your home, and to make sure all materials: cabinets, countertops, and flooring, blend together nicely as well.

 

If picking out new kitchen materials is not enjoyable enough on its own, you can work with your design expert to see what different materials would look like in your brand new kitchen for some serious design fun. This is done through a 3D rendering. The design expert will layout a replica of your kitchen on the computer. Then, they will change out different materials of your choice. They can change out the cabinets, countertops, and flooring until you find just the right combination.

By seeing the materials up close, feeling there texture, and even well, smelling them, if you absolutely need to, you will feel confident that you are picking out the perfect materials for your kitchen. The 3D rendering is a pretty little design bonus that will help you visualize your new kitchen before it is even remodeled!

All systems are a go! It is installation time!

Your design expert has come, measured, and chatted with you about your “Dream Kitchen Pinterest Board.” You have spent some time choosing your most favorite materials; and thanks to the 3D rendering, you are sure you will love your new kitchen. Now what? Well, we will tell you. It is installation time!

Depending on the intensity level of your kitchen remodel, it could take from 1 to 5 days to complete your project. (Click here for tips on surviving a kitchen remodel.) The team of expert craftsmen will come to your home and will begin the remodeling process. They will carefully remove the existing materials, make any discussed changes to your kitchen’s layout, and when everything is perfect, your new cabinets, countertops, and flooring will be installed.

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Last but definitely not least, you need to stand in your new kitchen. Open and close all of the cabinet doors, twice. Run your fingers along the cold smooth granite countertops. Lay down on the beautiful new flooring, (because it will probably never feel that clean again). Now, enjoy your beautiful new kitchen!

 What to Remember

  • The kitchen design and remodeling process can be a nightmare for homeowners. Seek help!
  • During the Free In-Home Estimate, get the kitchen measurements taken, and discuss your inspirations.
  • See the materials in person, and use the 3D Rendering to help with your decisions.
  • Schedule a convenient time for the remodeling process; it could take a few days.
  • Do not forget to take a moment or two to enjoy your beautiful new kitchen.

Choosing a Professional

When choosing a company to help you tackle your kitchen design and remodel, make sure they are clear on all of the steps in this process! At Superior Stone & Cabinet, we have some awesome design experts and experienced craftsmen to help walk you through this process and make it as easy as possible. If we can help you with your kitchen design and remodel in anyway, please give us a call! (602) 437-0088. 

 

Consult Professionals for Your Kitchen Remodeling

Consult Professionals for Your Kitchen RemodelingIf you intend to opt for a proper remodeling of your kitchen space, then it is best to seek the assistance of professional remodeling companies operating in the industry. These professionals can provide you with the quality assistance and guidance, regarding the best materials to use to get a suitable kitchen remodeling in Phoenix, AZ.

Professional companies are experts in kitchen remodeling in Phoenix, AZ, and provide you great kitchen designs and fixtures options, to create a kitchen space entirely to your liking which ensures ease and convenience for you. There are a number of advantages and services provided by professional remodeling companies, like:

Expert Advice

Having operated in the industry for a long period of time makes these remodeling companies, experts in their field. They are ideal for consulting and seeking advice, when you intend to remodel the kitchen space of your property. You can discuss with them about the different industry trends and the most suitable kitchen designs for your property.

Professional Expertise

You can benefit from the professional expertise and experience of the remodeling professional companies in the industry. By discussing different options with them, you can get a better idea of how to best improve your kitchen space. Their expertise will prove advantageous for you as their experience makes them ideal for carrying out the complex and tiring process of kitchen remodeling efficiently and with less worry on your part.

Appropriate Time Frame

Kitchen remodeling is a tiring effort which requires sufficient time duration for the completion of the project. You can discuss with your professional remodeling company about the time frame required for the complete remodeling procedure. It is a project which requires meticulous attention to detail in order to make your kitchen space easy to work and function in.

Professional remodeling companies state a suitable time frame within which they provide you with a completely new, beautiful and highly functional kitchen space, which would not be possible if you were to undertake this demanding task yourself.

Customized Kitchen Space

You get a fully customized and functional kitchen space, designed by professionals who ensure the use of suitable materials and fixtures to provide you with the ideal kitchen space. You can easily discuss your preferences with them and utilize their expert advice to remodel a kitchen space which provides you maximum ease and working functionality.

Value for Your Money

You are sure to get value for your money when you employ professional remodeling companies for your kitchen. You will enjoy a kitchen space which ensures high practicality and ample working room for your different kitchen activities. All this might not be possible if you were to try to undertake the task yourself, as your limited industry knowledge and expertise might result in some shortcomings in the kitchen.

Ease and Convenience

You can lead a hassle free time without having to worry about the outcome of your remodeled kitchen, as it is surely to be according to your specifications. You can easily check up on the remodelers and make sure that they are functioning as discussed. You will get a perfectly remodeled kitchen without any worry.

If you want to get more information about kitchen remodeling, then you can contact the professionals in the business, to give you a detailed idea.

Benefits of Kitchen Remodeling

Benefits of Kitchen RemodelingHave you been thinking of opting for kitchen remodeling in Phoenix, but are still hesitant whether to go for it or not?

A number of people face this predicament while trying to decide the value and worth of getting kitchen remodeling in Phoenix, for their property. It is important to understand the advantages and benefits you can derive by getting the kitchen of your property properly remodeled. We will discuss briefly about the different advantages you can benefit from by opting for a kitchen remodeling for your house.

Improved Property Value

You can improve the value of your property in the market by getting the kitchen space remodeled. A remodeled kitchen space, with spacious work stations and highly functional fixtures, are sure to attract buyers, looking to purchase suitable properties on the market.

A suitably remodeled kitchen space is sure to appeal to the buyer, as he wouldn’t have to spend the minimum, if anything, for repair work in it. He will be more than happy to purchase a property with an updated and charming kitchen space. Therefore opting for a kitchen remodel is a definite profitable investment in your property.

Functional Work Space

You can enjoy the benefit of working in a highly functional work space, which ensures ease and convenience in your different kitchen activities. Remodeled kitchens are more spacious, with cabinets for storing in different appliances, which ensure easy access and convenience in performing different duties in the kitchen space.

Spacious workspaces and countertops, which are easy to maintain, rid you of the hassle of keeping your kitchen spick and span at all times. You don’t have to worry about staining and damaging your kitchen surfaces because of the different stain and heat resistant materials used in your kitchen space.

A remodeled kitchen lets you work easily in it, and ensures your convenience and functionality, while performing different activities.

Easy Maintenance

A remodeled kitchen is easy to maintain because of the different materials used in the fixtures and countertops, which ensure a heat and stain resistant surface. The new fixtures do not require constant maintenance, and are durable and long lasting, ensuring suitable services and assistance in performing daily activities in your kitchen.

Long Lasting Investment

A remodeled kitchen, with the latest fixtures, flooring, countertop and cabinets etc. will ensure the provision of convenience and practicality for a number of years to come. It is an ideal investment to make in your property, which is sure to benefit you in the long run.

Personalized Kitchen Space

Remodeling a kitchen space is the best way to add in elements which you have always desired for in your kitchen, to make it more functional and easy for you to work in. You get to decide about the flooring, fixtures, countertops and cabinets in your kitchen space, along with the colors and textures you desire, to give it a unique and stylish look. You can simply wow your friends by utilizing your creativity to remodel and get the kitchen of your dreams!

If you require more information about kitchen remodeling, then you can contact the professionals in the industry for expert assistance.

Kitchen Remodeling Experts in Phoenix Give You Exactly What You Want

Kitchen Remodeling Experts in Phoenix Give You Exactly What You WantKitchen remodeling is a complete division on its own, independent of home remodeling. A kitchen itself is considered a domain that requires a completely different sort of management altogether.

There are things to think about in a kitchen that do not apply to any other part of your home. This is because this place is concerned with food production, food storage, washing and cleaning.

Your Kitchen Must Appeal to You and to All Those Who Use It

The look of a kitchen must match the activity that goes on in there, and this is why it must look inviting and appetizing. At the same time, it must be practically designed in order to facilitate food preparation as well as other activity related to this.

Phoenix kitchen remodel techniques are among the methods employed by experts to improve how you can manage things in your home. Within their plans, you will find more spacious shelving introduced, better drainage, trouble-free faucets, and refrigeration and oven placement aside from many other things.

There are so many details to cover when remodeling a kitchen that most people tend to overlook them. However, each aspect has to be approached with complete dedication. For example, if you want wooden cabinets, you need to consider the possibility of dealing with pests that creep in and how you would get rid of them.

Woodwork in Your Kitchen

The wood you choose would need to be able to withstand the methods you use for pest removal. Phoenix kitchen remodel techniques include choosing the right kind of wood for your kitchen, thereby, ridding you of any worries. Along with the wood you use for your cabinets, your flooring is considered. If you opt for a wooden floor, it must be a well lamented type so that it does not catch any stains.

Some people opt for tiled surfaces that are far easier to clean. However, these would be tiles with a proper grip so that you do not slip if there happens to be oil or water spilled. There are several options available when it comes to selecting floors for your kitchen.

Managing Plumbing Issues

There is also the plumbing that runs in your kitchen. This should be in proper order, especially if it is concealed. If a problem arises after you have already remodeled your kitchen, your concealed plumbing will be quite problematic.

Matching your wooden cabinets with your countertops is another thing that you need to pay attention to. The wood must be sturdy enough in order to handle their weight. Professional Phoenix kitchen remodel experts will be able to guide you regarding this.

Those who design and remodel kitchens are all those who are trained and have experience in this field. Arranging dimensions and placement of these things is not just anyone’s job. There are many things to look into when managing such a project. Professionals will have a whole checklist to make sure they tackle everything that comes in their path.