Over the past few months, many of us have spent extensive time indoors. We’ve all had some quality time with our kitchens—for better and for worse. If you’ve come out of spring determined to remodel your kitchen, you’re not alone. This summer is the perfect time to kick off a kitchen remodel and make some positive changes to the space. In this article, we’ll review the best kitchen improvement projects you should consider, and why you need to hire a professional kitchen remodeler.
Upgrade your cabinets and countertops
If you want to add value to your kitchen, start with new cabinets and countertops. For many prospective homebuyers, these are essential to a remodeled kitchen. While the upfront cost of material and installation can be high—as much as half of your total kitchen remodeling budget might need to be allocated to cabinets and counters—the results are often worth it. Investing in high-quality materials and professional installation can lead to a stunning kitchen.
If you’re on the hunt for cabinets and countertops, start your search online. Searching for “kitchen cabinets in Phoenix” will yield hundreds of results from local stores and contractors. First, we recommend you talk to wholesale, direct-importer stores that supply both cabinets and countertops—these places specialize in kitchen remodels and can better help you pair together choices. If you’re already working with an experienced kitchen remodeling contractor, ask them for any connections they might have. Contractors often have access to discounted—yet still high-quality—materials not available for retail sale.
A final piece of advice on this front: always take samples home to view them in your kitchen. Take a look at the countertop and cabinet samples under different types of light so that you have a good idea of what they might look like at various times of the day. The showroom floor is often far better lit than your own home, so you want to make sure a dark cabinet wood isn’t going to be too dark in your kitchen.
Find the right floors for your kitchen
Tile is the long-time kitchen flooring staple. It’s incredibly durable, waterproof, and cool on your feet—perfect for many kitchens. However, it can also be expensive and difficult to install right. It’s far from the only option these days. Vinyl and laminate floors have come a long way from yesterday’s linoleum. Today’s vinyl floors are water-resistant, incredibly durable, and beautiful, emulating the look of wood floors. Many types of vinyl flooring are also relatively easy to install, with interlocking pieces.
Make the switch to energy-efficient appliances
If you’re remodeling the rest of your kitchen, now might be the right time to swap out those older, grimy appliances for new, energy-efficient ones. Replacing your older stove, microwave, dishwasher, or refrigerator can make a big difference in your home’s year-round energy use. If you’re replacing all of your appliances in one go, make sure that you match them to your new kitchen’s overall style theme. For example, stainless steel appliances might look out of place in a farmhouse-style kitchen with a ceramic sink.
Work with an experienced kitchen remodeler
Even a modest kitchen remodel is a major undertaking, with many moving parts and dozens of decisions that need to be made before you even start. The good news is that you don’t have to go it alone. Our recommendation is that you put in the legwork to find an experienced, trustworthy kitchen remodeler in your area. The right professional can make all the difference: they’ll be able to help you plan your new kitchen, estimate a budget and timeline, procure materials and contractors, and guide the project to completion.