As the 'centre of your home', there are a lot of experts that would recommend 'the kitchen' as the smartest room to remodel to maximize the value of your home. In doing a kitchen renovation, it is important to do your homework, ask lots of question and find a contractor that can get the most out of your investment. Here are a few important points to keep in mind when beginning your kitchen renovation in Victoria BC.
Establish your Goal
Are you looking to refresh the look, add your own style, gain some additional square footage or perhaps making the space more user friendly? Maybe it's 'd', all of the above. Tailoring your goals into priorities can allow you to formulate a realistic renovation budget.
Check your home
In Victoria BC, there has been lots of new legislation around the dumping and handling of hazardous materials like; asbestos, mold and lead. You can no longer assume that you can just take your old drywall and other construction material to the dump. First, you must take a sample to a local lab and have it checked. Our team at Villamar is experienced in walking you through this process early, to ensure your renovation project is safe, on time and budget.
Budget with options
It's important to have your budget and agreement written up. This will give you a good idea on what the costs should be through the whole process. A good rule of thumb is to keep the existing kitchen appliances close to their original location, if you can. By staying with the original layout, this will save you from extra costs in moving plumbing, gas and electrical. You may also want to give yourself options in choosing fixtures and finishes; quality drawers and hinges will save you repair and replacement costs from the demands of everyday wear and tear.
Quality by Design
It's easy to get carried away by the look of a showroom or loading up with the latest and greatest kitchen gadgets. However, your new kitchen should reflect your lifestyle, be highly functional and it's important to make your investment in timeless design and quality craftsmanship.
The right General Contractor
Before choosing a contractor, be sure to meet with them in person. Additionally, take a look at the work they have done and review what their clients are saying. At Villamar, we have collected a lot of positive feedback from third-party review sites. We have received recognition from customers, our community and also the trades people we partner with. This is important to us at Villamar and we work hard to foster and grow these relationships.
We hope that this has given you some important points to think about and prepare for. Remember to ask lots of questions. The fact that you are taking the time to research your kitchen renovation online says that you're off to a great start. As well, if you have any additional question, feel free to drop us a line, give us a call or meet up in person.