Kitchens have a mysterious allure. You can be hosting a house full of family and friends and before you know it, everyone has gathered in the kitchen. It’s not just the smells and the promise of food that draws them in. It is the attractive design and functionality of a kitchen that makes for a great family and entertaining space. Today’s open kitchen designs are more inviting and offer families a place to come together and talk, work at the family computer, entertain, and of course, enjoy preparing meals and eating. So, if it is your intention to remodel the heart of your home, you should first look for a design that best suits your needs and satisfies your imagination. Tandem Contracting is your guide to a successful kitchen makeover.

If you are dreaming of a new kitchen, but don’t know where to begin, the answer is plan, plan, plan! A solid plan is the key to a successful renovation. The best way to plan is to do your research first. Touring kitchen showrooms, model homes, visiting friends’ renovated kitchens, and perusing magazines and websites for trends are excellent ways to collect ideas that will help you narrow down your choices. But even before you choose a design or trends and features that are ideal for you, you must determine how you like to use your kitchen. Where and how do you like to cook? Do you cook alone or with someone? Is your kitchen a multi-purpose room? Do you want more space, more style, a desk, a built-in bed for Fido, more storage, etc.? Make detailed notes of what has worked well for you and what has not. Do you want one or two kitchen triangles? A kitchen triangle is that tried-and-true, 3-sided connection between the stove, sink and refrigerator. After you complete your research, you should take time to pick out your favorite design and then decide on a budget. You will find that a solid kitchen plan can take the stress out of your kitchen remodel. Tandem will partner with you through each step to help create a beautiful, comfortable, and functional space.

So, you’ve asked yourself the important questions, have come up with a plan, and now the time for choices begins. Aesthetics are important when it comes to creating your dream kitchen. Remember that you will probably be living with your choices for a while, so make sure to take your time. You can be quality-conscious to maximize your return on investment and still stay within budget. As you make your selections, you might want to be aware of trends. Today kitchen designs are all about simplicity and open floor plans. Uncluttered looks, natural materials, and energy efficiency rule the day. Your choices are vast compared to years ago. Choosing appliances, cabinets, countertops, faucets, sinks, backsplashes, flooring, islands, finishes, and lighting can seem overwhelming. Deciding on each, with your budget in mind, can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be with a knowledgeable contractor by your side who is happy to guide you. Good communication with your remodeler can ensure that you don’t make costly mistakes. An experienced contractor can tell you in what order you should make your selections. For example, picking your kitchen appliances first is best because of their set dimensions. Many kitchens are designed and built around appliances.

Once your plan is made and choices are in place, demolition can begin. You may be tempted to do your own demo work to save money. This is not advisable since so many things can go wrong. You could accidentally remove a load bearing wall, damage plumbing, air ducts or electrical wiring. You may forget to obtain necessary permits, inspections or cause personal injury. These are all excellent reasons for leaving the “hard stuff” to the pros.

As your work begins, Tandem will keep you informed at every stage of your remodel and make sure to answer all your questions. Ultimately, your kitchen should be a reflection of your taste and lifestyle. So, once Tandem has completed your project, it will be your time to enjoy a stylish, functional space.

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