Kitchen Remodeling Guide

What Kitchen Remodelers Know About Kitchens

Kitchens can be tricky to remodel. As one of the most used rooms in a home, there are countless factors that can make or break your perfect kitchen. Thankfully, there is hope. Discussing your project with an experienced kitchen remodeler, like Knoxville Home Remodeling, you can think about things you might not otherwise consider.

Here are a few examples:

Kitchen remodelers know the value of space planning. For example, in designing a dream kitchen, “remodeler experience” often prompts us to suggest keeping the actual cooking area compact to eliminate long walks from the fridge to the sink. We also emphasize planning up front for how you’ll actually use your space so that things work for the kitchen remodel ergonomically and practically as well as from a design point of view.

Separate “stations” can add ease and functionality. One of the jobs of a kitchen remodeler is to create a kitchen that makes life easier for their clients. A “station” can help. For example, a beverage center is great for parties and for getting drinks poured for dinner without being underfoot as the cook finishes up meal preparation. A breakfast station can make mornings easier by locating cabinets for cereals and bowls right above counter space designed to hold an elegant coffeemaker and retro-style toaster.

Lighting is so important — from natural light flowing in through windows and skylights, to layered lighting plans that combine under-counter and task lighting with ambient lighting on dimmer switches to go bright for meal prep or dim for dining and parties.

Explore new countertop options. All kitchen remodelers know that granite is a popular choice. But before you decide, you might want to consider the colors and designability of solid surfaces like Corian, as well as eco-friendly choices like concrete or “wow factor” materials such as thick glass countertops complete with LED lighting systems that can change the color and brightness of the counters.

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Can You Work With a Commercial General Contractor Without Paying a Fortune in Change Orders?

“While you’re at it …” Using that phrase with a commercial general contractor means you’ve just initiated what’s called change order – something that goes beyond what was specified in the original project scope or price. In commercial construction, those change orders can really mount up, adding a hefty percentage to the final cost of your space remodeling or renovation.

Given that change orders push up the price of a project, you’d think that the contractors would welcome them. Some may, but some commercial general contractors don’t. That’s because anything that adds “surprise” costs or delays to a project reduces the client’s satisfaction. And that’s why they use processes up front to try to minimize the need for change orders.

It’s important to note up front that it’s not always possible to avoid change orders completely. You can encounter last-minute requirements from a municipality or a space planning need can crop up mid-project that simply couldn’t have been anticipated up front. Complexity can be part and parcel of developing space that’s commercial. General contractors, however, can minimize change orders by making sure that everything they can control is covered in the plans and in the bid. While this upfront detail work is challenging, it’s absolutely possible. Plus, the more years of experience someone has as a commercial general contractor, the more scenarios they know to anticipate.

Another source of change orders is when clients speak directly with subcontractors and ask for changes. The process you want here is for that subcontractor to communicate immediately with the commercial general contractor. Not only does the commercial general contractor need to authorize any changes, he can often eliminate the need for the change order by working with the subcontractor to see if what the client is requesting actually falls within the original scope of the work the sub agreed to perform.