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Miller Home Improvement for Kitchen Renovations That Aim to Please

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The Experts You Need for Your Kitchen Remodel

Miller Home Improvement has been helping homeowners in southeast Michigan with remodeling kitchens for nearly 60 years. At Miller Home Improvement, kitchen remodeling is something we really enjoy, because — whether the project is limited or extensive — it’s easy to be pleased with the end result. A well-planned and well-done kitchen design can make your kitchen a warm, inviting place to gather and can instantly increase the value of your house. Kitchen remodeling can return up to 102% of its cost in value added to your home. It can also change the look and feel of your entire house.

Preparing the Kitchen Designs

Planning your kitchen renovation is something Miller Home Improvement can help you with. It’s important to plan carefully for the changes to your kitchen. As you consider various kitchen remodeling designs, Miller Home Improvement suggests that you and your family review your options together. Image of a remodeled kitchen

  • Determine why you want to remodel your kitchen. Are you interested in a kitchen remodel for cosmetic reasons? Are you keeping the basic layout but giving the room a new look, replacing older features that have outlived their usefulness? Or do you need additional room or a brand new kitchen design because your family is growing or the space is just too small for entertaining? Once you’re thinking clearly about what you’re trying to achieve with the kitchen remodel, you’ve taken an important first step in determining how extensive your kitchen renovation needs to be and how much it is likely to cost.

  • Think about who uses your kitchen. After you’re done with meals, do your children do their homework in the kitchen? Do friends come over to play cards, or do crafts, or just get a cup of coffee and talk around your kitchen table? The best kitchen remodel takes into account all the different ways your kitchen gets used.

  • Review the available options. If you need more space, can you get the additional footage from another room? Can you expand into the yard? Or will you be able to accommodate a more efficient layout in the existing kitchen space?

  • Identify your kitchen remodeling priorities. Write out a list of the changes you’d like to make and decide which ones are the most important. Identify which ones must be done and which ones you’d like to do but could live without. Get opinions from everyone in the family. Once you’ve prioritized your kitchen renovation ideas, you’ll be better prepared to stay within your budget. Both you and your family will be happier with the end result.

  • Think about potential buyers, too. Even if you plan to stay in your home for several years, it’s wise to develop your kitchen designs with the next buyer in mind. Because the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house, make sure your kitchen remodeling designs will appeal to potential home buyers seeing your kitchen for the first time. Asking your friends or neighbors to give you their honest opinion of your kitchen renovation plans might help you as you finalize your kitchen designs.

  • Call Miller Home Improvement. A Miller Home Improvement representative will talk with you about your kitchen design ideas and develop kitchen remodeling designs that will help you visualize what you’re thinking about. Your Miller representative will visit you at home, look over your existing kitchen, discuss your ideas, and bring samples for you to consider. You should review with your Miller representative any sketches you’ve made or pictures you’ve clipped from magazines that illustrate your ideas. If you’ve got color swatches or samples from home shows, your Miller representative will want to see those, too.

Deciding on the Look You Want for Your Kitchen

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Your Miller Home Improvement representative will help you decide on the right style for your kitchen, so it fits with the existing look of your house or with your future plans for remodeling other rooms. Deciding on the right style may not be easy, but your Miller Home Improvement representative has years of experience to use in assisting you. Here are just some of the kitchen styles you might consider:

  • A country kitchen design brings back old times. The country kitchen is a warm, inviting room in muted or earth tones, often with exposed beams and pine woods. Homespun fabrics and patterns provide a backdrop to accessories that bring back older, more relaxed times. The country kitchen has a down-home feel and is a comfortable place for family members and friends to gather and spend time together.

  • The traditional kitchen can be quietly elegant. With perhaps a more formal feel, the traditional kitchen design may use deep, rich colors, honey tones, darker stains, and crown moldings — all to make a distinct statement when dining and entertaining.

  • Southwestern is relaxing. This kitchen remodel makes use of desert colors, ceramic / stone / stucco / terra cotta materials, craftsmanship, and colorful accessories. The southwestern kitchen invites you in and makes you feel in tune with nature.

  • The modern look is always in style. With clean lines, fewer details, and today’s materials — including stainless steel, granite, and glass — the modern kitchen design offers a fresh, appealing look, especially in an urban setting. Appliances are often hidden and accessories are few, making the room straightforward and unfussy. The modern kitchen may provide office space, a recycling area, a media center, or a mud room, and offers a place for spontaneous entertaining and years of easy maintenance.

  • The combination approach often works well. If you want to use your current appliances and accessories and have some family heirlooms to add to the mix, you can plan your kitchen design around the things you have on hand. This approach is easy on the budget and lets you use of the things you feel you can’t do without. With this kitchen renovation, there are no style rules to follow. You can achieve a style that’s uniquely you and create a mix of old and new that offers something to please every member of the family.

Kitchen Renovation Features That Make a Difference

In addition to considering the overall style for your kitchen remodel, you’ll also need to decide on key features that will make your kitchen functional, efficient, and attractive. Here are some of the features you should think about:

  • Work stations and traffic flow. Instead of allowing too many cooks to spoil the broth, up-to-date kitchens accommodate multiple kitchen helpers and fit in with the flow of traffic throughout the house. With carefully designed work stations and a review of how the kitchen is used to get from one room to another, you can put together a kitchen renovation plan that lets everyone use the kitchen efficiently and pass through it without getting in each other’s way. By adding an island or redesigning your kitchen’s work and traffic paths, your Miller Home Improvement representative can help you develop a kitchen remodeling plan that makes sense inside your home.

  • Cabinets and other storage spaces. Whether you’re updating your existing cabinets or replacing them with new ones, your Miller Home Improvement representative can help you decide on cabinet sizes, designs, materials, hardware, and shelving options that fit in with your overall look and make the best use of the available space. If you can fit even a small pantry into your kitchen design, you’ll have extra room for supplies and save money and time by cutting down on trips to the store.

  • Doors, windows, flooring, and lighting. In any kitchen redesign, but especially when you’re adding space to the existing kitchen, you may need to include new doors, windows, flooring, and lighting options in your kitchen renovation plans. Your Miller Home Improvement representative can show you samples and pictures so you can see the wide range of options available. Your Miller representative will also help you select the right colors and styles for your kitchen remodeling designs.

  • Framing, plumbing, electrical, drywall, and other work. For kitchen renovations that are more extensive, your Miller Home Improvement representative will assess the scope of the tear-down, plumbing, and wiring work that needs to be completed. If your kitchen layout is being reconfigured, walls and floors will need to be re-done. This provides an excellent opportunity to repair any problems with existing plumbing and electrical systems, as well as to replace outdated materials, so that these systems meet current building code requirements. Up-to-date fire suppression devices will also be added, as appropriate.

  • Countertops, sinks, backsplashes, and wall treatments add to the visual appeal. Your Miller Home Improvement representative will show you a range of colors and materials for countertops, sinks, backsplashes, and wall treatments and will help you decide on the best options for your kitchen remodel. Whether you select countertops and backsplashes made from natural, laminate, or other man-made materials; sinks made from porcelain or stainless steel; and wall treatments that are practical or eye-catching; you will find options that fit your pocketbook, contribute to the appeal of your kitchen design, and are durable and easy to take care of.

  • Appliances and other hardware. Miller Home Improvement suggests that remodeling kitchens provides a good opportunity to assess your existing oven / cooktop, refrigerator, microwave, garbage disposal, and dishwasher. Your Miller representative can help you determine whether to include newer, more energy-efficient models in your kitchen design. If you decide to use your existing appliances a little while longer, your Miller representative can help you draw up a plan that will leave those in place, but also accommodate newer replacements later, when you’re ready for them.

  • The final touches are important. Your Miller Home Improvement representative will help you put the finishing touches on your kitchen remodeling designs—from practical considerations such as fans and vents to aesthetic touches such as moldings, pot racks, and accessory shelves. Your Miller representative can help you finalize your plans with ideas that will add to the overall appeal and the functionality of your new kitchen space.

The Miller Home Improvement Estimate and Agreement

Once you and your Miller Home Improvement representative have finalized your kitchen designs, your Miller representative will estimate the cost of your kitchen remodeling project and provide you with an itemized list that outlines the required materials, labor, and other purchases — and their costs. With the estimate in hand, you and your Miller Home Improvement representative can review each item and, as necessary, make changes based on your budget and the kitchen renovation priorities you’ve established.

When you sign the agreement to begin the project, your Miller representative wants to make sure you’re confident that you’re making the right decision for your home and your budget. You will be asked to pay a deposit on the work to come, so that materials can be purchased and your kitchen remodeling project can get started. Your payment plan will be clearly spelled out so there are no surprises along the way. Depending on the scope of the project, you will be asked for an initial payment when the agreement is signed, another payment when tear-down is complete, and the remainder upon final inspection. A payment plan that fits your budget can be developed with the assistance of your Miller Home Improvement representative.

Getting Started: Work Schedule, Permits, and Inspections

Your Miller Home Improvement representative will review with you how the kitchen remodeling work will proceed. A typical work schedule starts proceeds in this way:

  • obtaining work permits
  • tearing out and removing existing materials, appliances, and fixtures
  • completing plumbing and electrical work
  • installing fire suppression devices
  • re-framing walls
  • adding or replacing doors and windows
  • arranging for inspections
  • installing cabinets, countertops, backsplashes, sinks, and faucets
  • replacing floors and drywall
  • installing appliances
  • completing final décor applications, including paint, wallpaper, and floor coverings
  • completing the walk-through

Throughout the kitchen remodeling process, your Miller Home Improvement representative meets with you regularly, updates you on the progress of the kitchen renovations, reviews the next steps, answers your questions, and assists you in meeting your needs.

At Miller Home Improvement, Your Satisfaction Is Our Primary Goal

Your Miller Home Improvement representative is your home improvements partner before, during, and after your kitchen remodel. Your Miller representative is not satisfied with your kitchen renovations until you are. As one of the leading home improvement contractors in southeast Michigan, Miller Home Improvement has built its business on its satisfied customers. We will make sure you are pleased with your kitchen renovation because we want you to choose us to do all your home improvement projects. With Miller Home Improvement, you can look forward to worry-free home remodeling with a result that keeps you coming back.

Contact Us at Miller Home Improvement

Miller Home Improvement is the home remodeling contractor you should choose to meet all your kitchen renovation needs. No kitchen project is too large or too small. What’s more, while we’re updating your kitchen, we can complete the other home improvement remodeling projects in your house at the same time.

Call us at 586-634-0894 to set up a meeting and get an estimate for your home improvement job. Or email us by clicking on this link: Home Improvement Estimate.

We’re ready to assist you with your kitchen remodeling and other home renovation needs!

 

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