kitchen remodel

Can Wood Flooring Be Installed in Kitchens?

Yes!  Wood flooring is beautiful in a kitchen space.  Although wood flooring is specified in many kitchen remodeling projects, some homeowners are apprehensive to put it in their kitchens.  Poor craftsmanship and inferior products can lead to serious problems.  However, when quality wood floors are installed by a seasoned kitchen remodeling contractor, the results are spectacular.

Here are some pitfalls to avoid when your kitchen remodel includes wood floors:

Cheap Flooring

Not all wood flooring is equal.  In fact, many big box stores pass laminate off as “wood”.  The kitchen is not only a high traffic area, but it is prone to spills and changes in temperature.  Using cheap wood flooring in your kitchen remodel could result in extensive cupping and buckling.

Substandard Installation

Substandard installation happens more often than you think. Often times, a homeowner does not realize that the wood floor installation was poor until a problem arises. When remodeling your kitchen, make sure your kitchen remodeling contractors are experienced, qualified, and pay attention to details.  Ask for references.  Read online reviews.  A lot happens in this space, and if the flooring portion of your kitchen remodel is not installed properly, you will be left with a mess.

Poor Quality Finish

If the finish on your wood floors is not suited for high traffic areas, then you could run into problems.  When discussing wood floors with remodeling contractors, make sure they use quality flooring AND finish products.

Houston Remodeling has been one of the areas premier remodeling contractors for more than two decades. Owner and operator, Tim Lassiter, is very particular about the craftsmanship and products he uses in home renovations.  Houston Remodeling proudly partners with Mirage Hardwood Floors to provide our clients with high quality wood flooring products.  Are you considering home renovations in the near future?  If so, give Houston Remodeling a call today.

Kitchen Remodeling: Getting Started

Kitchen Remodeling: Getting Started

(part two)

We are continuing our two part series on getting started with your kitchen remodeling project. Our previous article discussed the importance of breaking the process down into manageable stages.  The first step is writing down elements you like, dislike and may want to incorporate when remodeling your kitchen.

The next step in your kitchen remodeling planning process is to develop a rough budget.  Knowing a range of how much you want to spend will help your remodeling contractors make the best recommendations within your budget.

Once you have a budget and determined some of the features you would like incorporated into your kitchen remodel, the next step is to make an appointment with a qualified kitchen remodeling contractor.  It is important to note that not all home contractors are equal.  Ideally, you want to work with a company that is willing to come to your home, evaluate the proposed kitchen remodel space and bring samples for you to see, touch and feel.

Big box kitchen remodeling centers often conduct their consultations from their store or office.  Houston Remodeling is different.  Owner Tim Lassiter is a second generation Master Trim Carpenter whose commitment to excellence is evident in the thousands of home remodeling projects he has completed for both residential and commercial clients over the past two decades.  His approach to home renovations includes conducting an on-site design consultation with his clients.

Remember, home renovations are supposed to be exciting, not stressful.  Quality home contractors understand the anxieties homeowners may have when remodeling a kitchen or another part of their home.  Houston Remodeling takes the stress out of home renovations so you are able to relax and enjoy the process.  Are you planning on remodeling your kitchen in the near future?  If so, give Houston Remodeling a call today.

 

Kitchen Remodeling: Where Do I Start?

Kitchen Remodeling: Where Do I Start?

(part one)

Kitchen remodeling is among the most requested home renovations. A survey conducted by Realtor.com revealed that 80% of respondents list the kitchen as the most important space in their home.  Remodeling a kitchen benefits you as a homeowner in many ways.  Since the kitchen is the central gathering place and focal point in many homes, a kitchen remodel can significantly update an outdated space, making it more inviting and comfortable.  A kitchen remodel can also be considered an investment to increase the value of your home.

The stumbling block with many home renovations is getting started.  We find many customers know that they want change but are unsure of their options and exactly where to start. They key is to break the project down into manageable stages vs. trying to tackle everything all at once.

The first step to remodeling a kitchen is to determine what elements you like and dislike.  During this stage, it is important to just make a list of your likes and dislikes and not worry about how they will be implemented, that is for your home contractors to address.  Some questions to ask yourself include:

  • Do I want to incorporate an island?
  • What style of kitchen cabinets do I prefer?
  • How much counter space and cabinet space do I need?
  • What type of backsplashes and countertops do I gravitate toward?
  • What kind of flooring catches my eye?
  • Do I need to update my lighting?
  • What kitchen elements have I seen that I do not like?
  • Have I seen anything else incorporated into a kitchen that catches my eye?

After making your list, rank each element in order of importance. Now that you’ve completed the first step, you are ready to move on to budgeting and meeting with home remodeling contractors, which we will discuss in our next article.

Houston Remodeling is one of the area’s premier and preferred remodeling contractors. Our goal is to make your home renovations stress-free and something to get excited about. Unlike some home contractors who are just out to make a sale, Houston Remodeling wants to earn your lifelong business.  Are you considering making home renovations in the near future?  If so, give Houston Remodeling a call to schedule your complimentary in-home consultation today!