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Kitchen Remodeling Tips From Bay Area Contractors

Considering a kitchen makeover? If so, your vision of a seamless kitchen remodel probably involves avoiding catastrophes before, during and after the process is complete, right? For instance, you don’t want to see the new tile crack or pop apart, or that custom cabinet’s wood split from poor manufacturing, or even worse, a contractor who takes the deposit and promptly disappears.

Any sort of kitchen remodeling project can easily present you with such disasters or dilemmas, that’s why we are here to show how NOT to do a remodel. Here we’re going to look at ten things you might do during your East Bay kitchen remodeling project that could end up causing you big trouble.

10 Things NOT to do During a Kitchen Remodeling Project

  1. Refusing to hire a General Contractor – It’s not as simple as many think, and no one has the kind of time, knowledge and connections necessary to make it work, plus it could actually be illegal!
  2. Accepting bids with only vague specs – A good general contractor will never bid on anything vague, but you shouldn’t be handing such specs out in the first place. The more details you provide, the more accurate the bids and the fewer surprises later
  3. Not setting fixed goals – It is amazingly easy to get distracted or off-track when planning a kitchen. You see something cool and think, “Ooh, let’s add that”. If it is not part of the original goal (i.e. more efficient, less cluttered, more modern, and so on), don’t give it any attention
  4. Neglecting to take time to find the best General Contractor – Hiring a general contractor is all well and fine, but did you screen more than one or two? Did you do the due diligence? You could be lining yourself up with a dud if you don’t take time to find someone who has a good background, references and feels right.
  5. Giving them all of the money – If you hired a Bay Area general contractor and then forked over the entire sum estimated on the project, you are asking for a disaster. The right amount? 30% and nothing more.
  6. Thinking of what others would want – You know that phrase, “keeping up with the Joneses,” right? If you are doing a kitchen remodel, make it YOURS and not THEIRS. You are the one who will live with it, pay for it, and use it.
  7. Going too much in any direction – Don’t “settle” but don’t get too crazy with customization. Look for meeting your vision AND your budget.
  8. Changing your mind…repeatedly – One of the worst mistakes is to think that a big change is only going to cost you the materials. There is time and that is a huge expense. Make your decisions early on and stick with them.
  9. Skimping on quality – A lot of remodels are not a good outcome because the owner skimps on things like hinges, cabinet bases, and so on. Even if you never see something, you’ll experience its failure!
  10. Not remodeling – This is the biggest mistake, and if you are just going to “live with it” because it is too hard to change it, you’ll miss out on the true joy of a great kitchen.

Contact Our General Contractors At B.A. Morrison to Start Your Remodel

At BA Morrison, you will find expert Bay Area building contractors you can trust. You will work with experienced construction, remodeling and HVAC contractors happy to tackle your kitchen remodel no matter how big or small. Contact us online today to get started.

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Virtual Reality IS Changing the General Construction Industry, Here’s How.

Virtual reality is defined as “the computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment that can be interacted with in a seemingly real or physical way by a person using special electronic equipment.” The construction industry is embracing VR to improve the design process. So, just how is VR changing the general construction industry?

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Planning A Remodel?

If you’re planning to remodel your home, you’re probably also planning on hiring a general contractor for the job. After all, a remodel is always going to be tough for any homeowner to handle on their own, and hiring an east bay building contractor is almost always the best course of action. You do need to know how to hire the right contractor for the job, which means knowing what questions to ask. 

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Minor kitchen remodels can boost a home’s value and earn a return on investments for about 83 percent or more. Resurfacing your kitchen cabinets or changing their hardware, applying fresh paint, updating the counter tops or replacing some appliances can boost a home’s value enough to be able to pay for themselves. On average, every $100 spent on a small remodel could increase value by $83, which is much higher compared to other home renovations. Read the rest of this entry »

Planning a Kitchen Remodel? Make It a Smart One with These Tech Features

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Take advantage of smart appliances and newer style ideas according to the latest kitchen remodeling trends. Take a look at some of these smart kitchen suggestions: Read the rest of this entry »

kitchen remodeling , Bay Area general constructionThe thought of having your kitchen invaded by people is an element of kitchen remodeling that you can’t escape from. Simply put, there’s no other way around it. Yes, it can be chaotic, but here’s how you can get through a kitchen renovation project while contractors, plumbers and electricians occupy your kitchen for weeks on end: Read the rest of this entry »

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Home renovation requires a good balance of skill and resources to be able to execute a successful project. Before embarking on a project to remodel your home, take time to learn the most common mistakes and find out how to avoid them in order to prevent the cost and hassle of redoing a remodel. Bay Area building contractors encounter many remodeling mistakes amongst homeowners. Here are the most common: Read the rest of this entry »

Bay Area Home Remodeling

The warm weather and increased daylight are some of the factors that make summer an ideal time to live through a home renovation project. Unfortunately, once the reality of the project hits you, you may feel overwhelmed during the planning process. But make no mistake, hurrying through the planning process will make for a gloomy renovation experience. To make things less daunting for you, we’ve compiled the top summer renovation survival tips. Read the rest of this entry »

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You’ll have to live with the results of your home renovation project every day, so it pays to have the job done right. Hiring the right Bay Area general contractor can make a huge difference between a successful project and an utter nightmare. We’ve gathered 11 time-tested tips for selecting and working with the right contractor for your renovation project. Read the rest of this entry »

Bay Area Building Contractors find These Upgrades Increase Value the Most

Bay Area general contractors have been very busy helping home owners ready their homes for sale over the past several years as we’ve seen home prices rise considerably, saavy sellers know that if they invest some money in upgrading their home to make it more attractive to buyers in the market they can get a lot more for their home.

kitchen-remodeling-bay-area-building-contractorWhile your decisions for investing in enhancing your property depend on whether you want to make your home more comfortable, spacious, or simply to boost resale value, there are a handful of home improvements that have come to be recognized as the best for boosting value which at the same time will make your home stand out from the curb and those that enhance the function and comfort of the interior. Some home improvement projects that bay area building contractors have seen raise the value of local properties include:

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