Shelly Farley Group: Let’s Talk Kitchen Remodels

I recently read that a kitchen remodel should take 6 to 9 months to plan. 6-9 MONTHS?!   Really?  Well, after reading a little further I now understand why.  Proper preparation not only takes time but it also reduces your stress long term. Homeowners like to change their mind!  You won’t be tempted to change your mind during construction and create change orders, which will inflate construction costs and hurt your return on investment.

1. Plan, Plan, Plan.  What is important in your kitchen? Space? Storage? Environmentally friendly materials?  Pick out your materials prior to starting the remodel process.  You will save time and money. Schedule the work to be done carefully!  If you want your project completed by the holidays, don’t start it on November 1st! It should begin no later than September 1st.

2. Be Quality Conscious.   Functionality and Durability are a priority in any kitchen. Don’t be tempted to buy a product just because it’s less expensive.  Sometimes it is on sale for a reason.

3. Appliances.  You may want that commercial range and oven but will you really use it? Look for appliances that are functional, durable and built by brands you trust.  Look at consumer reviews and don’t forget to check out Consumer Reports!

4. The importance of Lighting.  Lighting is the most overlooked item in any room and it is very important.  What are you trying to accomplish in your kitchen? Do you need to create ambiance? Is it a darker kitchen and you need to add light? Do you have any design flaws that would affect the lighting?

After all of the lighting, you have to navigate the bulbs! Yikes!

5. Don’t Be Afraid To Hire A Professional.  I know there are a lot of DIY shows on TV and they make it look easy.  It’s not.  There are always surprises to any remodel project.  Just acknowledge it will happen, breath deeply and smile.  It will look beautiful in the end.

 

New Federal Guidelines on Replacing Hot Water Heaters!

Are you familiar with the new mandates regarding the replacement of hot water heaters?

 

The Department of Energy has made changes over the last 10 years in an effort to save energy and promote clean air.  Hot water heaters will increase in size  as a result and some modifications may be required in order to install them such as adding an electrical outlet, changing gas features, etc.

For s simple explanation, please watch the video below!

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Don’t Try This At Home? DIY Don’ts!

I am addicted.  I am addicted to those remodel shows on HGTV. House Crashers, Yard Crashers, Property Brothers.  The list goes on. Saturday mornings are my favorite time to watch HGTV too. I wake up, grab a big cup of coffee and pop on the TV.  What will they do today?!

Perhaps I should have started this with the disclaimer, “I am NOT a handy person, but I aspire to be.” My last project looked simple enough.  I removed my clay based tile in my house.  It looked easy enough.   Just to make sure I watched a few YouTube “How To’s.”  And off to Lowes I went to get a tile chisel (see image below) and a sturdy hammer.  Did I mention the goal was to remove roughly 1100 feet of tile?  With a chisel and a hammer?  4 weekends later I reached the point of frustration. I had removed about 600 feet.  However, it was not level.  Little did I know there was a handy dandy machine that plugs into an electrical socket and just pops that tile up like it’s a Packman eating dots!  Enter the forever loved Tile Remover/Installer that I hired.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m proud of what I did accomplish but it is NOT an easy job to remove tile.

For those of you who also aspire to be handy, let me give you some advice. Do Not ATTEMPT THIS BY YOURSELF. HIRE A PRO TO HELP YOU.

1. Tub Replacement. It looks deceptively simple.  It’s not. The tub space commonly needs to be reframed and wood rot removed. What happens if the drain lines don’t line up correctly? Let the plumber handle this and take on the challenge of replacing of the tile yourself.

2. Hot Water Problems. There are several reasons you may not have hot water. Some of these include element issues, thermostats or needing to replace the whole hot water tank. A plumber can tell you what’s wrong in minutes because they have the proper tools to check it out.  Let them!  (And if you live in Arizona, you are suppose to acquire a permit to replace a hot water heater.  Most people don’t know this.)

3. Foundation Issues or slab leaks. Is this due to settling, soil issues, cracked water pipe in foundation, the post tension slab is busted?  See my point. Hire a pro.

4. Main sewer lines or gas line issues. HUMM lets see…risk being covered in biological waste or possibly blowing up the neighborhood?  I don’t want to be that neighbor. Forgetting to call Bluestake and accidently cutting through the cable or electrical lines?  You will forever be the neighbor who caused them to miss the game, match, series, movie marathon, etc…  You get my point.

I am all for exploring your handy side and learning new things.  Just be sure you are not working so far outside your skill set that you can harm yourself, your friends and family or the neighbors. tile removal chisel