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Kitchen Remodeling

Preparing for a Kitchen Remodel Project

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A temporary kitchen can help you cope with your kitchen remodel no matter how long it takes in Madison WI

A kitchen remodel is one of the most disruptive home renovations you can do.

It affects your daily routine at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Depending on how extensive the changes are, a kitchen remodel can last weeks, or even months. To help manage the process of a kitchen remodel, it is very important to have practical alternatives for cooking, cleanup and food storage.

Kitchen Remodel Survival Tips

Try to start your planning as soon as you can prior to the start of the renovation. Be sure your plans are intact before demolition. Once demolition begins, you will be involved with other planning and decision making – you do not want to be scrambling for food prep and cleanup.

Additionally, you also want to be sure all of the kitchen remodel plans are in place so no decisions have to be made on the fly. Continue reading

Common Sense Ideas For Kitchen Cabinets

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Adding special custom cabinets can expand use and utility in your Madison WI kitchen remodel -click to enlarge

A change that re-sets the look, feel and function of your kitchen is updating or changing your kitchen cabinets.

Updating or doing a kitchen remodel is a lot of fun for most people. And that is for good reason when you consider the following – you can –

  • Get a “new,” just-moved-into look
  • Create an entirely new traffic flow, or “foot print” to the room
  • Introduce an entirely new style of kitchen cabinets to suit your changing needs
  • Add amenities to your kitchen cabinets and counters
  • Make certain areas more functional and/or accessible after your kitchen remodel
  • Replace dated, worn hardware

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Tips To Help Survive A Kitchen Remodel

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A Kitchen Remodel project requires planning so you can maintain your daily routine in Madison WI

A kitchen remodel is an exciting time and stressful all at once.

Exciting because of the new look and feel your kitchen will have. Stressful because the room your entire family uses everyday will be unusable in part or entirely for an extended period of time. Face it, cooking is tough to do when your stove or oven is removed and your sink is unhooked and your preparation areas are missing in action.

We have had some customers leave town on vacation while we have done major parts of a kitchen remodel. But because a typical kitchen remodel can take from four to eight weeks, not everyone can leave town for the duration of the project. And some people don’t feel comfortable leaving their home completely in the hands of a kitchen remodeling crew – which is understandable. Continue reading

Remodeling Made Easier – Cleaner – Safer In Madison WI

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Remodeling using a negative air machine helps protect indoor air quality, workers and family members.

At Sims Exteriors and Remodeling, we take pride in creating satisfied customers at all stages during a remodel.

Our commitment is to be sure the entire remodeling process is as easy as possible on the homeowners, who, after all, have to accommodate an entire work crew while a remodel or renovation takes place. What we want to avoid is adding insult to injury by having loads of dust from a project stay in the room we are working on or, worse, have that dust travel throughout the house. That is why we have added a NIKRO mini poly air scrubber. Continue reading

Try Kitchen Renovations Instead Of Moving To Your Next Home

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Kitchen renovations large or small can have an extra “something” with granite added to the kitchen design

Kitchen renovations can make your existing home the dream home you have always imagined.

The options available to you include complete kitchen renovations including new cabinets, floors and windows and more. Or, more modest kitchen renovations in Madison WI can be as simple as adding new granite countertops with appropriate sinks and hardware. Continue reading

Custom Kitchen Cabinets – Fitting Your Life Best

The personality of your kitchen can be changed by updating your cabinets.

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Well planned kitchen cabinets add utility and class to any kitchen design

Cabinets can set the room apart visually as well as functionally. New cabinets can make food preparation, entertaining and just plan day to day living more enjoyable. When considering cabinets and how they can impact a kitchen, homeowners must be sure to ask themselves how they want to use their kitchens specifically. Can their preferences be met with manufactured cabinets or should they consider creating custom kitchen cabinets.

Despite many great options available in manufactured cabinetry, on many occasions custom built pieces are a great choice and can help set a room apart. Adding a cabinet where there is an empty area is the perfect place to introduce custom built cabinets. In these situations, function, unique attention to fit, finish and design detail can be crucial adding kitchen cabinets. And, with older homes, there are often opportunities to add custom kitchen cabinets. There are often unique wall lines, ceiling heights and other one-of-a-kind issues to consider with older homes. Continue reading

Kitchen Renovations – Granite Is The New “Normal”

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Granite counter tops are a natural choice for kitchen renovations

Homeowners are using granite in kitchen renovations for counter tops, back splashes and accents more than ever. And, the fact that granite is more affordable than ever is no coincidence.

In the past ten years, granite has become price competitive with popular counter top products. This includes higher quality laminate products which have been much less expensive and quartz.

Until recently, granite was usually installed in homes in the higher price range, often valued at over one million dollars. With lower value homes granite was often cost prohibitive. However, because prices have trended down steadily the result is granite is being installed in moderately priced homes more often than ever before. Continue reading

Kitchen Remodeling – Smart Storage

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Smart storage means making the most of the space you have

Kitchen remodeling often signals a change. A family is growing larger. A family is growing older. The homeowners tastes change. A homeowner needs an accessible kitchen because of a physical change. These situations are true anywhere, including here in Madison, Wisconsin

Kitchen remodeling also represents a wide range options. The range can be from a complete reconstruction to modest changes making everyday life flow easier.

In the interest of the more modest kitchen remodeling project, consider an investment in your cabinetry. More specifically, think about your drawers, cupboards and shelves. There is likely a great opportunity to make practical but affordable changes that have a huge impact.

Creating a smart storage plan can make your kitchen remodeling project fun and the use of the kitchen more enjoyable than ever. Continue reading

Kitchen Remodeling – Distinctive Islands

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Well designed islands can add flexibility to any kitchen

Kitchen remodeling has an infinite number of options to consider. From Flooring to cabinetry, changing your “footprint” to updating your present layout, kitchen remodeling always has an impact on how you live.

Your kitchen is ground zero for family activity and often the center of attention when entertaining – whether you like it not. As such, a good starting point for many kitchen remodeling projects in Madison Wisconsin and elsewhere is an island. Continue reading

Home Remodeling – Improve Your Lifestyle

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After considering all the facts, a home remodeling project makes for a better lifestyle, updates your home and increases the home’s value

When home remodeling, the primary goal is to create changes benefiting and reflecting your daily activities.

If planned correctly, home remodeling also provides the opportunity for homeowners to to upgrade mechanical systems offering major operational cost savings and in the long term, increases your home’s value.

Adding a new addition, updating a kitchen or creating a renovated master bathroom often makes these spaces more livable. In fact, it is the primary reason most people undertake a home remodel; to add a new dimension to their home reflecting a changing lifestyle. The daily benefits of a remodeling project can take many forms. Continue reading

Remodeling Prep – Managing a Remodel or Addition

Remodeling a part of your home or adding and addition is only one of the first steps in the process. Once you’ve retained a reputable contractor (one who is insured and bonded and you trust), what you (and your contractor) do next about your working relationship will make the difference between a pleasant experience and an unhappy one.

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Kitchen Remodeling – Bathroom Remodeling Budget Basics

Kitchen remodeling and bathroom remodeling have many “moving parts” from beginning to end. Whether you are in Madison or anywhere else in Wisconsin, these types of remodeling projects can affect the footprint of your room, the fixtures you have, how your mechanical systems are configured and ultimately, how much you enjoy your remodeled room.

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Kitchen Remodeling Checklist

With Kitchen remodeling, whether done in Madison Wisconsin or anywhere else, one of the major keys in creating a successful project is assessing what you presently have and detailing what you want to change or add. Continue reading

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