06|2017

JM’s Tips for Your Kitchen or Bath Remodel

Brick wall behind stove in this Genessee Colorado kitchen Renovation project

White Cabinets with ornate stove hood

Celebrating over 40 Years . . . It’s a beautiful combination, the country’s leading manufacturers, JM full-service design, project management and two beautiful showroom settings that make the process or your kitchen or home remodel easy and fun.

The decision to remodel a kitchen or bath is not a spur of the moment epiphany. Most of our clients spend considerable time researching, investigating options and imagining the tremendous joy that will come with a completely remodeled space. Inspiration comes from varied sources ranging from home improvement television shows to a neighbor’s made over home. The journey from concept to completion is rarely as easy as what is depicted on reality television shows. As much as we would like a remodel to take only few days or weeks at a budget that is a pipedream, reality dictates that home improvement doesn’t work that way. Most home improvement shows are produced to inspire homeowners to make renovations and buy products featured on those shows.

The process of remodeling your kitchen can feel a little overwhelming at times. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

* Simple Steps in Creating Your New Kitchen or Bath*

Dream & Get Inspired:

This is entirely optional but fun and helpful. The best place to start your kitchen remodel is to identify the features, benefits, looks, and feelings that you want to achieve with your remodel. Collect ideas/pictures and make lists of your favorite features. Visit online resources such as Houzz.com, Pinterest, Décor and Architectural Digest magazine among others to collect ideas. When presented with color schemes, textures and looks that you want to achieve, a professional designer can develop a plan that fits almost any budget. Determine what your goals are, the functionality you are looking for and how you want your new kitchen to look and feel. If you had an unlimited budget, what would your new kitchen or bath look like and how would it perform?

Establish Priorities

The first step in establishing priorities is to develop a realistic budget. This is an area where a professional showroom consultant can be a trusted advisor. We help our clients determine renovation budgets that are not only realistic, but also in keeping with goals, aspiration, and dreams. How much should you budget? That depends on the nature and scope of your renovation. On average, homeowners report that a kitchen remodel costs close to $20,000. A smaller project, one that includes cabinet re-facing, sink replacement, installation of a tile backsplash and a fresh coat of paint can range from $10,000 to $25,000. A $30,000+ renovation may include semi-custom cabinets, hardwood floors, granite counters and higher-end appliances. You may spend more than $100,000 on a complete overhaul with structural changes, custom cabinets, stone countertops, top-of-the-line appliances, etc. Pricing guides you find online are based on averages and sometimes can be misleading. That’s why establishing priorities is essential to develop a realistic budget.

Assess Your Current Space

Consider your reasons for a kitchen remodel. Do you want to improve the overall look, make the layout more functional, create more storage and better organization or increase the value of your home? Knowing your objectives will help you make informed decisions.

Create a Checklist and Idea File

A checklist will help you determine the priorities for your kitchen remodel before you even visit a showroom. Knowing what kind of design style you’re drawn to or what kind of storage solutions you will need will facilitate the planning process with your designer. Visit JM’s Pinterest and Houzz profiles and thumb through magazines to create an idea file to use for inspiration in planning your new space. Make note of what you like about the kitchens in your file to use as a reference point when describing your ideas to a designer.

Determine Your Budget

Setting a budget for your remodel is just as important as defining your vision for your space. Consider how much you will spend for various elements of the remodel. As a rule of thumb, in a typical kitchen remodeling project, cabinets account for about 40% of the project cost and countertops are around 10%. Other key items to factor in include appliances, lighting and electrical work and wall coverings.

Visit A Showroom

Explore the many exciting possibilities in our beautiful showroom, from cabinetry and countertops to appliances and lighting or let us come to your home for a free consultation. We can discuss the layout and style options for your kitchen as well as the cost to complete your project. Experienced, award-winning professionals averaging 15 years experience, our designers have the knowledge and ability to create stylish kitchens that function for your family.

Review the Gameplan

Review Detailed Plans/Itemized Contracts for your kitchen or any room in your home: JM provides you with detailed product specifications, floor plans, elevations, and perspectives, so you can understand the entire scope of your project. Once decisions are final, contracts are created, itemizing all the details of your project. Our up-front approach means it’s all in writing.

Have Realistic Expectations

There is no such thing as a typical or problem-free kitchen renovation. Full-scale renovations are likely to leave you without a functioning kitchen for an extended time period. Our showroom offers guidance for creating temporary kitchens or cooking areas that eliminate the need to eat out or order takeout for every meal.

Renovations are messy, so ask your showroom what steps they take to minimize dust, dirt and other unpleasant aspects of the renovation process.

Finally, the timeline will take longer than most expect. Contrary to what is shown on home improvement television, it completely unrealistic to expect a bathroom to be remodeled in a weekend or a kitchen be redone in a week, even if you are placing cabinets, floors, countertops, appliances, lighting and floor and wall coverings exactly where they currently exist.

State-of-the-Art: Your kitchen is produced by world-class manufacturers like Omega Cabinetry, Crystal Cabinetry, SubZero®, and Wolf®. Our seamless, efficient process allows us to complete most projects in just 6-8 weeks. To expedite the process, we work only with reliable manufacturers that produce and deliver promptly.

JM Designers: Our kitchen and bath designers have many years experience and will supervise the entire project, ensuring it stays on track from start to finish. By providing a single point of contact, we take the stress off of you.

Customer Satisfaction: You get your first peek at your new kitchen or bath, nearly swoon with delight and raise a glass of champagne to celebrate.*

*Emotions may vary, but your satisfaction is guaranteed