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The start of a new year represents the start of something new and fresh. The long year is over, and it is time to clean the slate. With home remodeling, the new year brings excited customers looking forward to kitchen and bath remodeling projects. With that in mind, perhaps 2024 is the year for your dream kitchen remodel.
You might have been saving all year in anticipation of gutting the kitchen and starting over. Or maybe you’re just going to replace cabinets and countertops rather than going down to the studs. Regardless, kitchen remodels can be a significant undertaking if not planned properly. You’ve probably been thinking about your dream kitchen over the last year and now the time has come to get started.
Designing around your needs and desires
“Every kitchen remodeling project begins in the design phase,” says Scot Nichols, director of sales at Bedrock Quartz. “This is where you transform the ideas percolating in your mind into a feasible plan. Here’s a valuable tip garnered from our experience: design around your needs and desires. And if you’re uncertain of what you want, Bedrock Quartz can help.”
You need certain things in your kitchen to maintain functionality, such as adequate counter space for preparing and serving food. But don’t limit your design to function only. Try to work some of your wants into the design, too. A large island for serving and gathering loved ones is often the happiest place in the home.
“When all is said and done, you will spend a lot of time in your newly remodeled kitchen,” Nichols says. “Why not enjoy that remodel as much as possible? Some new kitchen features that you may want but don’t necessarily need can elevate your kitchen and make it a dream realized. Do it if you can afford to!”
Careful material consideration
The choice of materials significantly impacts both functionality and aesthetics. Alan Jorgensen, CEO of Bedrock Quartz, emphasizes the importance of material choices, stating, “This is why Bedrock Quartz places substantial emphasis on stone countertops, which are always the focal point of any kitchen. Materials like quartz, marble, and granite offer myriad benefits that extend well beyond mere aesthetics.”
Jorgensen continues, “The most common question we get from people is, ‘Which material should I choose?’ While it often comes down to personal preference and style, there are some practical considerations for each. For example, quartz is a popular option known for its durability and non-porous nature, proving to be an excellent choice for countertops. It resists stains and bacterial growth, making it an ideal surface for food preparation. Marble, with its timeless elegance, adds a touch of luxury to any kitchen. While it may require more maintenance, the allure it brings is unparalleled. Granite, on the other hand, combines durability with natural beauty, creating a lasting and visually appealing kitchen surface.”
As for fixtures, the age-old adage holds true: you get what you pay for. Cheap fixtures may seem like a cost-saving measure initially, but the frequent need for repairs and replacements can quickly outweigh any initial savings. Investing in high-quality fixtures like faucets and sinks proves advantageous in the long run. Superior materials tend to be more durable and retain their aesthetic appeal over an extended period. “And while we wouldn’t advocate exceeding your budget, aiming for the highest quality within your financial constraints is a prudent approach,” Jorgensen says.
Enjoying the process
Designing a new kitchen is exciting and fun. Ditto for choosing your materials. But when the construction process begins, some of the luster might start to fade. Remodeling is still construction work at the end of the day.
“If we could offer one bit of advice in this regard, it would be to do your best to enjoy the process. We get the fact that doing so sounds foreign. But remodeling is what you make it, said Nichols. “By focusing on the positive and looking for things about the construction process you can truly appreciate, you can avoid some of the unnecessary negatives that often make remodeling projects difficult.”
Take pleasure in witnessing the transformation of your vision into a tangible reality. Admire the craftsmanship and attention to detail that go into each phase of construction. Embrace the temporary inconvenience as a small price to pay for the long-term benefits your remodeled kitchen will bring.
One way to ensure an enjoyable experience with your kitchen remodel is to work with the right company.
Eric Jorgensen, president of operations at Bedrock Quartz, says, “We take excellent care of our customers. Our process is meticulously designed with you in mind. Not only do we commit to providing top-notch materials and installation, but constant communication about your project from beginning to end, ensuring that your questions and concerns are addressed promptly.”
Having a reliable point of contact throughout the entire process to ensure transparency can bring peace of mind. “Bedrock Quartz takes pride in being there for you every step of the way, making the journey toward your dream kitchen remodel as seamless and satisfying as possible,” Jorgensen says.
Bedrock Quartz stands ready to assist with classic or contemporary countertops, backsplashes, fixtures, and more. “Our team of professionals handles everything from installation to completion,” Jorgensen says. “Moreover, we stand behind our materials and installation with unparalleled customer service. Challenge us to prove our worth if 2024 is indeed the year for your dream kitchen remodel.”