Kitchen renovations have a very high return on investment when compared to other home renovations. Not only will a beautiful and functional kitchen add to your personal enjoyment of your home, it will also improve resale value. A kitchen remodel can recoup over 81% of it’s initial cost, adding thousands to your home’s value, according to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value report.
Big City Developments Inc. in Calgary is a reputable renovation company that can help you get the highest payback for your kitchen renovation and create a space you’re going to love. Review this kitchen renovation checklist so you’ll be aware of the things they will work on when remodeling your kitchen.
Kitchen Renovation Checklist
Framing: If you’re completely changing the layout of your kitchen or main floor area, your contractor will install 2×4 framing for any new walls and doorways.
Electrical: If necessary, new wiring, outlets and other electrical components will be installed behind the walls and ceiling. They will install wire and receptacles for your new lighting.
Plumbing & Gaslines: In the early construction phase, Big City Developments will install or upgrade any plumbing as necessary to fit with your kitchen design. Professional gasfitters will come in to install any gas lines you might need for a new gas range or other appliance.
Drywall: Once all the electrical and plumbing is in place, new drywall will be installed and finished.
Trim: New trim, including valances and moulding, will be installed to add charm and a finishing touch to your kitchen’s design. Your general contractor will make sure that any baseboards and trim are consistent with the trim throughout the rest of the house.
Kitchen cabinets: The cabinets are probably the largest and most expensive component of your kitchen renovation. You can choose between stock, semi-custom and custom cabinets. If you want to save money, consider cabinet refacing. This is when your cabinet boxes stay but all doors, drawer fronts and exposed panels are updated. Your general contractor will help you choose the cabinetry that will best suit your needs and style.
Countertops: Choose your countertop based on the activity level in the kitchen and your design tastes. Natural stone countertops like granite and quartz are popular choices. Not only are they durable and functional, they can increase aesthetics and add value to your home. Laminate is the cost-effective countertop option and comes in a variety of colours and styles. It can even mimic the look of natural stone or wood countertops.
Backsplash: The backsplash is put in after the countertop and is intended to protect the walls from splashes and spills that happen in the kitchen. The backsplash can also be a focal point in the room and tie in your countertop with the wall colour and cabinetry.
Sinks and fixtures: Big City Developments will take care of everything, including the kitchen sink! There is a big range in price and style when it comes to sinks and faucets. A simple stainless double sink is a smart and affordable option, but don’t cheap out too much on faucets. You want your fixtures to last.
Appliances: New appliances will chew up a lot of your budget. Some homeowners choose to keep their existing appliances, or upgrade to new energy efficient models. Make sure you purchase ENERGY STAR certified kitchen appliances when possible.
Paint or wallpaper: Most homeowners choose to paint their kitchen walls, though wallpaper is making a comeback. Your renovation company will help you choose a wall colour that will best match the rest of your kitchen renovation design components.
Flooring: Make sure to choose flooring that is resistant to moisture as the kitchen is a big spill zone. Tile flooring will add value to your home, is very attractive, durable and easy to clean and maintain. For busy families on a budget, choose a durable option like linoleum or vinyl flooring.
General Contractors in Calgary
Big City Developments Inc. is a company of skilled tradespeople and trusted sub-trades. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience and can successfully complete your project, no matter how difficult the task may be. Their pride of workmanship and excellent customer communication have put them a step above the competition and make them an excellent choice for your home renovation.