The kitchen remodeling industry has grown by 10% in just four years. Its market value is quickly approaching the $200 billion mark in the U.S. alone. This comes as no surprise. Homeowners have long enjoyed the work of Seattle kitchen remodel contractors. However, before you choose one, it is recommended that you have an idea of what you want as well as your budget. There are many reasons for a kitchen remodel in Seattle. The ones that you choose should mean something to you. In this article, you will learn more about kitchen remodel costs, popular remodeling ideas, and how to find the right Seattle kitchen remodel contractors. If you would like to learn more about your options, give the experts at Home Care Contractors in Seattle a call to schedule your free estimate today.

When to Get Your Kitchen Remodelled

Making the decision to remodel your kitchen can be a tough one. After all, other than convenience, space and beauty why would you get it remodeled? There are actually quite a few more reasons why it benefits you to remodel your kitchen. Find more details listed below. 

  • Older Kitchen: An old and outdated kitchen is more than just an eyesore. Older wiring and appliances can be dangerous as well as a drain on your energy bill. Furthermore, cooking and entertaining in an outdated kitchen is not ideal. 
  • Increase Home Value: A minor kitchen remodel can increase your home value by an average of $16,000. A major remodel can increase the value of your home by almost $40,000.  
  • Save Money on Energy: As previously mentioned, a kitchen remodel in Seattle can save you money. With updated wiring, plumbing, and appliances, you will be able to recoup much of your kitchen remodel cost. 

If you are interested in learning more about kitchen remodels in Seattle, give the experts at Home Care Contracting a call to discuss your options today. 

Popular Kitchen Remodel Ideas

Making the decision to remodel your kitchen is considerably easier than choosing the design that you are most interested in. Some of the more popular kitchen remodeling ideas in Seattle include:

  • Upgrading to a smart kitchen by installing updated appliances, wiring, and parts. 
  • Adding more contrast to your kitchen by changing the colors of your cabinets 
  • Implement a more modern and open kitchen design
  • Add additional storage to your kitchen
  • Consider the benefits of installing hardwood floors
  • If space permits, add an island to your kitchen
  • Add ceiling to floor windows to allow more light and give you better views while eating

There are literally thousands of remodeling options to choose from. It is best to connect with  Seattle kitchen remodel contractors to help you to sort through the many options. 

Kitchen Remodel Cost

Before you get caught up in planning for your kitchen remodel in Seattle, it is best that you have an idea of your budget as well as kitchen remodel costs. In many cases, you will be able to recoup most of it via an increase in home value as well as money saved on your utility bills. It is recommended that you set aside 10% to 20% of your overall budget for unintended repairs and overages. The cost of your remodel will depend on the size of your kitchen, types of appliances and hardware chosen, types of cabinetry, etc. When you receive your estimate, it is best that you review it line by line with your contractor. Inquire about any potential areas that may cause you to go over budget as well as potential cost-saving actions that you can take.  

Working With Seattle Kitchen Remodel Contractors

Deciding to remodel your kitchen is the first step. The most important step after that is working with reputable and experienced Seattle kitchen remodel contractors. At Home Care Contractors, we strive to be your go-to kitchen remodel contractor. We care about each project as if they were our own. HCC has maintained 99% five-star ratings by creating long-lasting, beneficial relationships with our customers. Each contractor that we work with has been in their industry for more than 10 years. We offer competitive pricing and incredible service. Furthermore, we have an industry-best two-year workmanship warranty. If you are interested in learning more about a kitchen remodel in Seattle, give the experts at HCC a call to schedule your free estimate today.

Remodeling Vs. Renovation: Does the difference matter?

Yes. While most people use these words interchangeably, the types of projects they describe are very different in scale. Essentially, if you are renovating something then you are restoring it to a prior condition or updating the look or feel of a room. You are not changing the intended purpose or underlying structure of the space. A good example would be if you have brown cabinets now and love their placement and size, but you really can’t stand the color. Maybe you also don’t like the texture, and you would like to replace them with smooth, white cabinets. And since you’re getting new cabinets anyway, why not get soft-close cabinets, or childproof locks, and whatever else you want! All of those changes will brighten up your kitchen, make it less noisy, and make it safer for little ones. But those new cabinets will not change the architecture of your kitchen. Therefore, they will cost a lot less to install than a renovation, and take up much less time to complete. Also – and this is important for your contractor to be able to distinguish for you – you generally do not need a permit for a kitchen renovation.

Remodeling your kitchen, on the other hand, means that you will be changing the physical structure of your kitchen. So in this case, your gripe with your kitchen wouldn’t just be the colors of the cabinets but would be with the giant island you have in the middle of your kitchen that is taking up all of the space. Or maybe you have a wall where you’d like to have an arched doorway that leads into the dining room. In this case, Seattle kitchen remodelers will be knocking down walls and changing the structure of your home. 

If your kitchen remodelers in Seattle tear out and reconfigure walls, then it’s very likely that a permit will need to be secured before any remodel projects can begin. Proper building codes must be adhered to properly throughout the entire home remodel. Some simple remodel projects don’t require a permit because they don’t involve heavy construction, while others do. Your Home Care Contractors kitchen remodeling specialist will be able to advise on whether or not a permit is needed for your home improvement project.

What To Expect During A Kitchen Remodeling 

People have different reactions to remodeling their kitchen. Sometimes they are excited about adding new sinks, cabinets, countertops, and even custom lighting. Our kitchen remodelers in Seattle have also worked with clients who have never worked with general contractors or remodelers on a home improvement project and are anxious about it. At Home Care Contractors, we try to make this as smooth of a process for you and guide you every step of the way. Considered one of the most important rooms in one’s home, so our Seattle contractors build you a kitchen that reflects your personal taste and style

Design

This can actually be one of the most fun parts of the entire process. While you may be thinking about your budget, it’s actually better to think about what you really want and to even allow yourself to find images online that are beyond your budget. This is a great brainstorming practice to help you narrow down what your goals are for your kitchen renovation or remodeling project. The reason is that these inspirational images can help you articulate your goals and desires to your Home Care Contractors remodelers. We listen to you and come up with a design that meets your needs and is within your budget. In 2020, you can find all sorts of ideas online for sinks, countertops, lighting, and other kitchen construction. 

Some people also find it easy to list things that they loathe about their kitchen and can’t wait to get rid of. Don’t forget that that’s just as important! Most people have issues with refrigerator and oven doors hitting other doors or walls, or blocking traffic. Your custom design may include an emphasis on creating better traffic flow in your kitchen. If there’s something you really don’t like about your kitchen, such as the lighting or countertops or sinks, then please let us know so we can present to you our solutions. 

There are also practical things to consider when designing your space. This comes down to what your actual habits are. Do you cook a lot? Do you feel you don’t have enough counter space? Do you have a lot of appliances on your counters that you want to put away somewhere? Does your kitchen get crowded in the mornings when everyone is trying to get to work or school? We’ve seen a lot in our years and can offer suggestions and design solutions to accommodate almost any lifestyle.

Design Tips

There are a lot of things that you do in your kitchen, from preparing food to entertaining guests to making memories with your family. In older homes, the kitchen is often isolated from the rest of the house and very small. Trends today lean more towards kitchens that incorporate the dining or even living room as part of an open floor plan. More people want their kitchen to open to the adjacent rooms in spaces. But they also want more efficient workspaces, more storage, and to be able to maneuver in their kitchen. 

Here are some design tips that will help you in choosing a kitchen that you will love:

  • Keep your walkways wide and plentiful. It’s advised that kitchen paths be at least 36 inches wide, and aisles within the cooking zones should be at least 42 inches wide.
  • Glass-front cabinets can make a kitchen feel more spacious, but you will have to consider the dinnerware and glasses that will be inside, how to coordinate a look with all of them.
  • If you want a kitchen hood, but it is best to have one custom designed so it can match your kitchen perfectly
  • Consider pull-out storage drawers as a way to contain all of the cooking items you don’t need.
  • After you have thought of your dream kitchen, it’s time to think seriously about your budget. Pick the things that are most important and splurge on those. That is why allowing your imagination to go wild in the beginning is important because it will eventually help you find compromises that are within your budget.

During the installation

After you figured out what it is that you want, have seen the blueprints, and have signed off on the design, it’s time to get started by doing the actual work. First, we want to assure our clients in the Seattle area that we sanitize all of our equipment as well as all the gear that we were after each client, and again before the next one. Whereas the design process used to be done in person, we can do everything remotely, including signing the contract. That way the installation is the first time you had contact with us, limiting the overall amount of contact during the process.

You are going to see a moderate amount of dust and dirt kicked up into the air of your house, or you may find it on other furniture nearby. Not only do we take every precaution to protect your belongings, but we will also clean up any debris that is a result of the work. Also, we may most likely need a clear path from your kitchen to where we can dispose of your old kitchen pictures. These pieces can be quite large and may require a dumpster.

Kitchen Remodeling Services 

We offer many kitchen services.

Kitchen Expansion

A very common request is to make a kitchen much larger. Older homes in particular have small kitchens that are functional, but they don’t fit your space needs. One option is called a bump-out, which is when we extend a wall or even after all of the walls up to 2 feet. These are intended to add additional square footage to your kitchen without having to build another room. Because the supporting structure will be manipulated, this type of work will require a permit. You may also need plumbing and electrical work, which you should consider when you are planning your budget for your kitchen renovation. Our kitchen remodeling contractors can also provide custom countertops and sinks to create more space in your design.

Kitchen Cabinets

You should choose cabinets based on your specific needs. Maybe you’ve been living in your home for a while and you have learned what makes it so easy to prepare food, clean dishes, and store groceries, and what is not working. We design around your needs. Your cabinets are where you store your dishes, glasses, cutlery, and food items. You may have young children who you are concerned about getting into the cabinets, or your children have grown up more and you are ready to switch to an open cabinet design. Here are some things to think about when choosing your cabinet layout and finish: 

  • Style: are you going for an earthy feel or a more modern look? If using wood for your cabinets, do you want them stained or lacquered? 
  • Space: some people have dead space in the far back corners of their cabinets that they don’t even know exist. That is space that maybe you can use, especially if you have a lot of appliances that are on the countertops and taking a broom. A blind corner cabinet, also known as a wall corner pie cut cabinet, can utilize that unused space.

Flooring

One of the most common tasks kitchen remodeling contractors are hired for is to update the flooring in a kitchen’s design. What are the most important jobs of your flooring is moisture resistance. Obviously, nobody will think of putting carpeting in their kitchen, but when it comes to choosing the right type of flooring material, homeowners often wonder what type of tile is best to absorb water. There are different types of tiles based on the American National Standards Institute:

  • Non-vitreous: Absorbs more than 7% of water
  • Semi- vitreous: Absorbs 3% to 7% of water
  • Vitreous: Absorbs 0.5% to 3% of water
  • Impervious: Absorbs less than 0.5% of water making it the best option

In addition to thinking about water absorption, you also want to think about the coefficient of friction. This represents the slip resistance of the tile. You may have noticed when you’ve walked on a very slick marble floor how much more slippery it was compared to other types of tile. When it comes to kitchen flooring, you want to pick a tile that is slip-resistant to keep you safe.

Lastly, you want to think about the type of tile you want. Do you want textured or smooth tiles? What color do you want? Sometimes this is going to depend on the material that you choose. There are many different types of tiles such as:

  • Porcelain
  • Ceramic
  • Glass
  • Natural stone
  • Terra-cotta

Lighting

Lighting allows you to see in your kitchen, but can also set the mood. When remodeling a kitchen, think about how the lighting will reflect off of countertops, your flooring, and any custom cabinetry. You can also opt for a dimming system to have maximum control over your kitchen lighting. 

How To Prepare For A Kitchen Renovation

Of course, you are excited about your new kitchen, but it’s probably dawned on you that you’re going to spend a few days with a partially or non-functioning kitchen and with a lot of workers in your house. Kitchen remodels do disrupt your life, and your general contractor is aware that you are changing your schedule to accommodate for the construction, adding the lighting fixtures, avoiding stepping on wet flooring, and being anxious over the final look of custom pieces. But don’t worry: there are some things you can do and mentally prepare for to make this change as seamless as possible.

  • Set up a temporary kitchen area: Even if you order takeout most days, you will want a small area away from the construction where you can make your kids school lunches or a cup of coffee.
  • Cook simple meals and use only the tools or appliances that you need. A slow cooker, toaster oven, microwave or air fryer may come in handy these few days that you are having your kitchen worked on. 
  • You can use biodegradable or recyclable plates, napkins, cups, and utensils for the time being, or you can wash your dishes in a functioning sink in another room of the house.
  • Consider grilling outside: Just because your kitchen is being torn up doesn’t mean you can’t eat well. If the weather is good, then fire up the grill. It may be a good way for you to relax, too, during your remodeling or renovation.

While kitchen remodeling and renovation don’t tend to be as noisy as a roof replacement, for example, depending on the type of work that needs to be done it can’t get loud. Construction of countertops and other pieces may be done off-site to prevent noise. If you have young children or someone else in your household who is sensitive to sound and loud noises, then let us know. 

Why Home Care Contractors Are Your Seattle Remodeling Contractors

As contractors in Seattle, we have been a staple to our community and have helped homeowners and commercial property owners alike to live or conduct business in a well-design building. Whether you want custom cabinetry, countertops, lighting sinks, flooring, or other custom remodeling in your kitchen, then give us a call. We understand that since March 2020 a lot of customers have had questions about the safety of doing construction and bringing remodeling contractors into their homes. Give us a call so we can explain to you our sanitation procedures, and how we keep you safe!

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