Thinking of remodeling your Los Angeles Kitchen?

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Are you a Los Angeles homeowner looking to remodel your kitchen? If you’re visiting our site, you’re probably on the hunt for a reliable kitchen contractor for your remodeling project. Hopefully, by the time you finish this article, you will feel confident getting in touch with us.

Did you know that the kitchen gets more traffic than any other room in the house? With so many people coming in-and-out, a poorly designed kitchen can make your entire house feel hectic and disorganized.

Today, we’re going to answer many of the common questions that homeowners ask their kitchen remodeling contractor. Whether you’re just starting your remodeling journey or whether you’re ready to gather estimates, this guide will give you a solid foundation of knowledge to begin your project! For the sake of brevity, we’ve tried to keep our answers concise. If you’d like more detailed information on a particular remodeling topic, check out the links provided in each section.

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Where to Start Your Kitchen Remodeling Project

Think about your kitchen remodeling project as an opportunity to perform a facelist on both the design and flow of your home! You are going to endure a few weeks of chaos for a future of better functionality, improved design, and of course, added value to your home. It may seem overwhelming at first, but with the help of an experienced kitchen remodeling contractor, you’ll soon find yourself with a kitchen that you can be proud of!

What are the elements that go into a kitchen remodeling project?

At CaliCabi, the kitchen remodeling process begins with evaluating the current design of your kitchen, and listening to how your family uses the space. Once we have that information, we’ll make layout recommendations that will bring you both the design and functionality that you want while working within the constraints of your floor plan and available space. After many conversations, we will turn around with a proposed layout for you to approve. We’ll also help you understand what costs you can anticipate when embarking on a kitchen remodeling project.

After we know our desired layout, we can dig in to specific style decisions. The core elements of any kitchen remodeling project are cabinets, countertops, flooring, windows, lighting.

Your home is a reflection of you, which means no detail is too small for consideration. Stunning cabinetry shouldn’t only leave a lasting impression with your guests-- it should also provide you with customized storage. Take into account all the dishes, appliances and towels you own, and imagine cabinetry that allows you to organize it all beautifully.

 

Of all the elements of a kitchen remodel, your kitchen cabinets will make the strongest visual statement and will most likely take the most money out of your remodeling budget.

 

Calicabi offers four basic types of cabinetry at a reduced price in comparison to our competitors. Please read our article: "Everything You Need to Know About Kitchen Cabinets" to see all the options available to you.

Kitchen countertops play a large role in your home: they need to be durable to support food preparation, potential scratches and be heat-proof. There are many options for countertops that will fulfill your design and lifestyle needs.

 

Some of the most popular countertop materials are granite, marble, quartz, laminate, concrete and ceramic. While all of the options are relatively resilient, they are available at different price points. Marble and granite are often the most expensive choices, while laminate and ceramic are more affordable. 

Your kitchen gets the most foot traffic out of any room in the home, so you can imagine how important the flooring is going to be for your kitchen remodeling project! You will need to pick a flooring option that is durable, fits into the family’s lifestyle, and can withstand the test of time. With the help of your kitchen remodeling contractor, you’ll evaluate the space that you need to cover and determine the best way to balance budgetary concerns and aesthetic preferences.

 

There are two popular forms of kitchen flooring: tile and hardwood. Tile flooring offers affordability and variety of design. You can purchase almost any pattern you can imagine, and tile does not often break. On the other hand, hardwood flooring is in vogue. Many modern Los Angeles kitchen remodels now include hardwood because the material adds warmth and classic beauty to any design. For an in-depth comparison of tile and hardwood, check out our article on the subject. 

When doing a full kitchen remodel, you have the opportunity to truly customize your windows. In fact, windows can be the unique and striking visual elements that will bring your dream kitchen to life! This structural feature will instantly brighten your space and make it feel more luxurious. Every kitchen should have a window or two to allow natural light to flow through.

 

There are many designs available for window manufacturing, which is why it's important to partner with a knowledgeable contractor during construction. Our remodeling contractors will help you decide which design will work best with your kitchen. Together, we’ll open up the space and bring in natural light. 

The kitchen is the heart of the home, so it’s important to have the proper lighting to support conversation, food preparation, reading a small-printed cookbook, and other cooking related tasks. Without the appropriate lighting, your kitchen remodel could end up feeling less than perfect.


In addition to natural light, there are three main types of kitchen lighting. These categories include ambient lighting, task lighting and accent lighting. Ask your kitchen remodeling contractor which would be best for your space! 

What are the stages of a kitchen remodeling project?

Brainstorming

This is the fun part! We will begin by envisioning the end-goal: your California dream kitchen. To make the most of the brainstorming phase, compile photos and design inspiration to show to us. Once we have an idea of what your pain points are and what the elements of your dream kitchen are necessary, we can start putting a plan together.

Design

Next we’ll enter the design phase. At this point, we know where we’re drawing inspiration and it’s time to assess the different options for your space. We’ll work with you to create a layout that will improve your cooking workflow and facilitate conversations with guests or family members. Your kitchen remodeling contractor will also help you incorporate any appliances or design elements that you want to include, such as a new French door style refrigerator or a marble kitchen island.

Build

In the building stage, all that’s left is the execution. This means that it’s time for you to sit back, relax, and let us handle the hard work! The installation and construction experts at CaliCabi will ensure that your project is completed on time and under budget. Plus, we make sure to clean up after our work, so you’re left with a kitchen that’s ready when you are. 

What to Look for When Choosing a Kitchen Remodeling Contractor

As one of the most utilized rooms in any household, it’s easy to see when a kitchen starts to look tired, dated or simply doesn’t provide the functionality you need anymore. Whilst undertaking a facelift or remodel can be relatively straightforward with a good kitchen remodeling contractor, the process of finding a reputable provider isn’t quite as uncomplicated.

To ensure you’ve selected the best provider, be sure to check documentation. You’ll also want to meet your contractor in person and gather references from past clients. To help you make this important choice, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of items you need to pay particular attention to in order to make sure you are having the work carried out by a contractor you can trust. 

What are the benefits of performing a kitchen remodel?

Whether it’s an ill-thought-out layout, aging kitchen cabinets, or old appliances using up energy like there’s no tomorrow, it’s no wonder us Americans spend $400 billion each year on remodeling homes. Many people first begin looking for kitchen remodeling contractors in order to sell their home. A nice kitchen can make all the difference when it comes to selling, giving your property the all-important “wow” factor.  

For others, remodeling is an opportunity to improve the functionality of their space. Whether it’s the desperate need to fall in line with the rest of the street’s breakfast bar-style layout, or the need to centralize appliances spread way too far apart from each other, you probably already have an idea on what you need to focus on! If you’re still undecided, see our full list of benefits for more information.