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Estimating The Cost Of Your Home Remodel

One of the top (and first) questions asked by homeowners is often “how much will my home remodeling project cost?”. The real answer is there are many different factors that have to be taken into consideration when trying to determine what the final costs are going to be.
Often times, even the best estimates wind up being a bit short of the mark by the time a remodeling project is totally complete.
So how do you go about estimating Brick remodeling costs with at least a fair amount of accuracy? The first thing you need to do is make sure you hire competent professionals to do the work for you. Depending upon the type of renovation that you want done, this may require the assistance of not only a contractor, but an architect or other professional designer. Not only that but your project will likely require sub-trades such as plumbers and electricians, possibly roofing, siding and windows and more. So you need to consider the “big picture”.
Planning the costs of your home remodeling project.To estimate costs as accurately as possible, you might want to first contact a professional designer to draw some preliminary plans for you. This is particularly important for those of you who want to make changes to the layout of one or more rooms in your home. Having professional designs will be beneficial to you for a couple of reasons.
For one, it will allow you to relay your vision to someone who has the capability to put your ideas on paper. Your newly crafted designs should also have precise measurements, which will help contractors to clearly see what you want changed in your home. This knowledge will enable them to provide you with more accurate estimates.
Once you begin obtaining estimates from contractors, you will then be able to look more closely at costs. Be sure to compare each estimate that you receive so that you can clearly see what each professional is proposing to charge for every aspect of your renovation. Once you have begun however, do not fall into the trap of thinking that the lowest bid is the best one, a common choice for rental property owners but probably not the best option if you are going to live in the home.
There are other things that must be taken into consideration, such as each contractor’s years of experience, his or her professional qualifications, and references from former clients. References are perhaps one of the most important components in determining whether a contractor is right for you. Always ask for at least three references, and then be sure to contact those individuals.

Ideas For Remodeling Your Kitchen

Kitchen remodeling can be an overwhelming project if you don’t know exactly where you want to start. If you’ve lived in your home for 10 years or more and the kitchen has never changed, then maybe it’s time to breathe a little bit of new life into one of the most used rooms in your home. The question for most homeowners though, is where to begin?
Remodeling your kitchen now will let you take advantage of the newest design trends, more environmentally friendly building materials, energy efficient appliances and other new technologies designed to make your life in the kitchen easier and more enjoyable.
Here are a few kitchen remodeling ideas for homeowners who are looking to make a statement with their kitchen remodeling project.
Installing New Kitchen Counter Tops
New kitchen counter tops are a great visual upgrade for your kitchen. They can make an old, dull kitchen look new again, revitalize a rental unit, or prep a property for sale. New countertops are a safe investment for your kitchen remodel. Kitchen counter tops come in many different materials from very affordable laminate countertops everyone has to the very luxurious granite and stone materials. Installing new kitchen counter tops into your home can usually be completed by your contractor within a day or two after the project has begun. Obviously your contractor will need to come out ahead of time and do some accurate measuring to quote you an accurate price for your kitchen countertops.
Install a Useful Kitchen Island
Trouble finding counterspace? If you are always struggling for counter and cupboard space in your kitchen then a new kitchen island would be a great solution for you. A kitchen island will give you additional cupboard space and will likely become your new favourite place to prepare meals (or store piles of stuff!). Kitchen Islands can be custom built or bought ready-to-go and they are generally a fairly simple install for most home remodeling contractors. If you want to have plumbing or electricity in your kitchen Island then the installation can be a little more complicated and even inadvisable if your home is on a concrete slab (as it would become very expensive!). A kitchen island is an upgrade that you can have installed on it’s own or as part of a much bigger kitchen remodeling project, it’s up to you!
Install New Kitchen Flooring
Kitchen flooring is a popular upgrade nowadays because it’s relatively inexpensive, can be completed with little hassles (usually) and makes a big visual appearance. Tile, vinyl, laminate, engineered and hardwoods are all options that are commonly found in kitchens. One concern with flooring in your kitchen is going to be water intrusion (like a broken dishwasher or leaky pipe). For this reason laminate and hardwood usually aren’t the best options but people still choose them anyways despite the risk. If you’ve installed new kitchen counter tops then new kitchen flooring will compliment the countertops.
Brighten Up Your Kitchen With a Skylight
Skylights work great for a kitchen and will bathe the room in lots of natural light. A skylight will let the midday sun through when you’re making lunch and if you’re up early enough to see the sunrise you’ll be able to enjoy the natural beauty through the skylight as you enjoy your morning coffee. Skylights are usually a multi-day project for most home remodeling contractors. Because you’re essentially cutting a giant hole in the roof of your home, weather is a major concern, as well as making sure all flashing and sealants are in place to prevent any leaks.
Open Up Your Kitchen With More Space
Do you need more space in your kitchen? Do you have a wall that could come down, or an adjoining room/space you aren’t using? Every situation is different but a good home remodeling contractor will be able to offer suggestions on how to achieve this in your home. In some cases it’s as simple as taking down a wall, in others you may have structural or code concerns that come into play. You also always have the option of expanding outward if the kitchen has 1 or 2 exterior walls but this obviously adds to the expense of the project.
Del Prete Construction provides kitchen remodeling services to homeowners throughout Central New Jersey. If you are interested in remodeling your kitchen and would like a Free Estimate then please give us a call today.