4 Reasons You Should Choose Drawers instead of Lower Cabinets for Your Kitchen Remodel

 
 


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The main goal in each of our major kitchen remodeling projects is to improve the efficiency of the room. That could mean creating more counter top and storage space, adjusting the lighting for a safer, shadow-less environment, or reconfiguring the layout for a flowing, user-friendly floor plan. Though every home and kitchen is different, as are the clients and their unique needs, some, if not all, of these options are carefully considered during the design phase. After all, if your kitchen looks beautiful in the end, but it’s not functional, is it really worth the cost and time of a remodel?
 
 
One of the options we always suggest to our clients to improve the efficiency of their kitchen is converting existing lower cabinets into drawers. This might sound like minor detail, but in reality, having deep drawers under the counter instead of cabinets will make all the difference in how you use the space for storage. Because major kitchen remodels involve completely removing the existing cabinetry and installing new cabinets, why not design them in a way that will improve the functionality and convenience of your finished kitchen?
 
 
Here are 4 reasons why you should choose drawers instead of lower cabinets for your kitchen remodel:
 
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Hiring the Right Contractor: 10 Interview Questions to Ask

 
 


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Choosing to remodel your home is a big decision, and shouldn’t be taken lightly. There is a lot involved – a lot of time, a lot of decisions, and of course, a lot of money! It’s critical that you hire the right remodeler to meet your needs and get the job done correctly. If you take this step for granted and hire the first contractor you meet (or the one the offers you the lowest price), you might be regretting it later on and have to live with the results for years to come. Before you commit completely, you should ask each contractor these important questions: Read more

6 Home Remodeling ‘Precautions’ You Should Actually Avoid (and How a Design Build Firm can Help!)

 
 


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A lot is involved when it comes to remodeling your home, especially if you want a finished renovation that is quality and to code. It’s important to do your research and fully prepare before jumping in! Unfortunately, there is a lot of false information out there about what you should do prior to your remodel. Here are 6 home remodeling ‘precautions’ you may be intending for good that could actually cause big problems throughout your project:
 
 


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1. Not planning out the entire project from the beginning. Planning your project is a huge factor as to whether or not it will be smooth and successful. You might feel like you’re getting ahead of yourself by making all of your decisions upfront, but doing so prevents issues and delays throughout production. The sooner decisions are made, the sooner materials can be ordered and schedules can be created. There are a lot of parts and pieces involved, and things like backordered products or unavailable professionals can cause a lot of stress and wasted time – all of which can be avoided if proper planning takes place.
 
 
How a design build firm can help: The benefit of working with a design build firm instead of just a general contractor is that all of the planning is done for you, at the beginning of the project. At Medford Remodeling, we start planning from the initial consultation, and ensure that the client is aware and involved in every step of the process.
 
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4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Attempting a DIY Home Remodel

If given the option to hire a remodeler or complete a home renovation themselves, most homeowners would prefer to trust a professional over taking on the job on their own. However, there are always a select few that are up to the challenge. Depending on the size of the project, DIY remodeling may be an achievable task, but it’s a good idea to consider the risks involved before jumping in.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself before opting to remodel on your own:

1. What size is your project?
Most homeowners are comfortable taking on small-scale projects that do not require significant experience or craftsmanship. These types of projects might include replacing an old faucet or installing a light fixture – the kind of projects that might have simple step-by-step tutorials available on YouTube. A good rule of thumb is that if the total cost is expected to be under $1,000.00, it’s most likely a small enough job to handle on your own. Keep in mind this is only the case if you are comfortable with the work and understand each step of the process. If you have fully reviewed available tutorials or read through several how-to’s and you still feel unsure, calling a professional would definitely be the safest route to take. Read more

Increased Value of Your Home or Improved Quality of Life – Which is Grounds for a Major Remodel?

Remodeling is a big investment. How big of an investment you commit to really comes down to what your plans are for the home in the future – are you planning to sell the home at some point, or do you intend to live there the rest of your life? Most of our clients base their home remodeling decisions on one of two goals: to increase the value of their home for resale purposes, or to improve their quality of life while living in the home. Which is a more important option to consider?

Every standard remodel will increase the resale value of your home to some extent, but certain remodels add more value than others. On the other end of the spectrum, certain remodels will end up costing more than you would ever get back if you sold the home with the completed renovations. Read more

6 Signs that it’s Time to Remodel Your Kitchen

Committing to remodel your kitchen – or any part of your home, for that matter – is a big decision. It’s expensive, time consuming, and can be a big inconvenience throughout construction. Among these and other concerns, it’s no wonder homeowners hesitate or procrastinate remodeling! However, for many of our clients, a kitchen remodel isn’t just something they want, but something that the house really needs. It can add value, improve functionality, and allow the homeowners to really appreciate their space. Read more

The Top 6 Obstacles Homeowners Face When Remodeling

 
 

 
Remodeling your home is a big undertaking, in every sense. It’s exciting and rewarding, but also expensive, time consuming, involves a lot of decisions, and can be cause a lot of stress for everyone involved. Working with a knowledgeable and experienced contractor will help minimize the tough stuff, but doing your research and being aware of the common obstacles will help you get through the project as smoothly as possible.

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7 Ideas to Refresh Your Kitchen

Among the many home remodeling projects we complete each year, kitchen remodels are consistently a top choice among our clients. As the ‘heart of the home,’ the space is often a priority when it comes to improving functionality, style, and overall home value.

Want to refresh your kitchen, but don’t know where to begin? Here are 7 ideas to help you get started:

1. Add Color

Adding or changing the colors in your kitchen is an easy way to make a big impact. Whether you are painting the whole room, incorporating an accent wall, re-staining the cabinets, or just adding pops of color with trim, creating contrast with color is one of the most affordable ways to refresh a space. Read more

5 Tips for Enduring Your Kitchen Renovation

 

The process of remodeling your kitchen is exciting, but can be quite a shock to a family’s daily routine. You don’t realize how much you really use your kitchen until you can’t use it anymore! Here are some tips to help you, and your family, survive your kitchen renovation:

1. Relocate Your Necessities (AKA: The ‘Junk Drawer’)

 

Every family has what is referred to as the ‘junk drawer.’ It holds things that you might use on a regular basis, but none of which have a particular place they belong. Ink pens, scratch paper, batteries, matches, rulers, calculators, tape, magnets, glue, school supplies, rubber bands… the list goes on! If this drawer is in your kitchen, make sure you move those items to a place that is more accessible while the kitchen is off limits. Read more