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The Perfect Kitchen

The Perfect Kitchen

When it comes to remodeling your kitchen, the idea can be scary and overwhelming. There are so many different components that go into the use of your kitchen: the sink, the oven, seating, possible dining, pots and pans, storage, stovetops, the list could go on! And the options to customize every part of your newly-remodeled kitchen are endless, and always changing.

So how do you know where to begin?

Start by thinking first about what you do most in your kitchen. What are you doing every day in this kitchen? How do you work? What are your morning and evening routines like? Are you someone who likes to cook? Regardless of how you choose to use your kitchen, whether you enjoy nightly take-out or homemade dinners, you want it to be a space that is welcoming and comforting, while also punctual. 

Imagine yourself cooking your first meal, or entertaining others in the comfort of your home. When your home kitchen remodeling process is complete, what does the space feel like, look like, smell like, sound like? These are all things to consider and pay attention to when evaluating how you want you newly-remodeled kitchen to feel. 

There are several different components that go into creating and remodeling your “perfect kitchen”:

 

1. The Layout

If you are someone who spends most of your time in the kitchen cooking and creating new delicious treats for yourself or loved ones, you know the importance of the layout of the foundation. The layout preferences can be different and personal based on each individual needs. A popular setup that many people consider having is a “triangle connection” between the stove, sink, and fridge. These three parts of the kitchen should be in close proximity and easily accessible, as they are the three most used parts of the kitchen. However, more recently, this trend is not as popular. The biggest issue that clients focus on when designing their “dream kitchen”, is prep stations and work areas that are easily accessible and spacious. Prep stations can be personally customized and designed to meet each client’s expectation and vision. The placement of each work area does not necessarily have to match the “triangle connection” that many people assume. Our biggest concern when designing your kitchen is making it as enjoyable and spacious as possible for you.  Consider how your kitchen will flow into other rooms, specifically the dining room or family room. Again, you want your kitchen to feel welcoming and open to all who come into your home.

Photo by Mark Mahan Multimedia
Photo by Mark Mahan
Photo by Mark Mahan Multimedia                                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Lighting

A well-lit kitchen is important, as it allows you to perform all necessary tasks in the space, but also creates a mood to warm and brighten the room. Different types of lighting can easily change the kitchen from a cooking space, to a place of company and entertainment. 

Photo by Mark Mahan
Photo by Mark Mahan Mahan Multimedia
Photo by Mark Mahan Multimedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Storage

Often, when people want to remodel their kitchen, storage is one of the biggest reasons. You can never have enough room or extra space to store items in your kitchen! It’s important to take into consideration how you want your storage to look. There are a variety of different cabinet options, as well as drawers and customizable handles to go on each. This is one of the many ways that you can make your new kitchen look unique, as you are in charge of picking the styles of every detail that goes into your storage units. Have fun with it, and enjoy the process!

Photo by Mark Mahan Mahan Multimedia
Photo by Mark Mahan Multimedia
Photo by Mark Mahan Multimedia

Take a look at some of J&R Construction’s past home remodeling kitchen projects here. We pride ourselves in customizing each space to look comforting and personal to each client’s preference. Our design team makes it their goal to listen to the clients’ visions for their home remodeling projects, and make those come to life. 

Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to serve you, for it is your business that is the future of our company. 

Homeowners Insurance & Renovation Projects: Does One Have Anything To Do With The Other?

 

Homeowners Insurance & Renovation Projects: Does One Have Anything To Do With The Other?

June 14, 2018

Homeowners planning to remodel their home would be well-advised to contact their insurance agent, broker, or insurance company representative early in the project planning process. Why? Homeowners need to ensure that they have all necessary insurance coverages during ̶ and after ̶ their renovation project. Be proactive. Call before the renovation project begins. If you wait until after your home renovation project is underway, you could find yourself dangerously underinsured if the worst-case scenario were to play itself out.

 

  • Discuss your remodeling plans with your insurance company. Ask if you will need to update your homeowner’s insurance and whether you need other types of insurance to protect your legal and financial interests during the renovation project.

 

  • If you are planning a simple, do-it-yourself (DIY) renovation project, you should only tackle the work that you are qualified to perform. If friends or family are going to volunteer their labor, make sure that you have sufficient liability protection in the hopefully unlikely event that someone gets injured. Consider raising the amount of no-fault medical protection on your home insurance policy so that if someone is injured, he or she can simply submit the doctor’s bills to your insurance company.

 

  • If you are planning a larger project, consider a builder’s risk policy (also known as a “course of construction” policy). It may be available as a stand-alone policy, or as an add-on to your existing homeowner’s policy. This coverage generally protects a home from damage incurred during construction, including wind and rain, theft of materials such as carpeting, tile or wood (though not the contractor’s equipment), and vandalism.

 

  • Why is it important that your insurance company knows about the improvements to your home? Simply put: Ensure that you have adequate coverage(s) to protect your financial interests. That is, after a major renovation, you may need to increase the amount of insurance coverage you carry in order to rebuild your home to the new, improved quality standards.

 

  • Consider purchasing additional coverage for your personal possessions. If you have purchased art or other expensive items as part of your remodeling project, find out whether you should purchase additional coverage in the form of a floater or an endorsement. This is an individual policy for expensive items that provides a higher level of insurance coverage.

 

  • Consider purchasing additional liability protection if you added a swimming pool or hot tub as these are considered “attractive nuisances” and could leave you vulnerable to lawsuits from others injured on your property. You may want to ask your insurance agent about getting an excess or umbrella liability policy as a cost-effective way to increase your overall liability protection.

 

  • Don’t be shy. Inquire about premium discounts. That is, you may qualify for a discount of at least 5 percent if you installed stronger doors, smoke detectors, a burglar alarm, or dead-bolt locks. Some companies may reduce your premiums by as much as 15 or 20 percent if you install a sophisticated, monitored sprinkler system and a fire and burglar alarm system. If you updated the heating, plumbing, or electrical systems, you may qualify for a reduction in your premium, as these reduce the risk of fire and water damage. Adding storm shutters or shatter-proof glass, reinforcing your roof, or purchasing stronger roofing materials may also reduce your insurance premiums.

 

  • If the alterations and improvements to your home were a result of a major change in your life such as a marriage, the addition of a new child, establishing a home-based business, or an elderly relative moving into your home, you may also need to reevaluate a number of other insurance needs. Now is a good time to discuss these major life events with your insurance professional to see if you should update your life insurance, get business insurance, or secure other coverages.

 

*CAVEAT(S): J&R Construction does not seek to provide insurance advice, nor does it endorse any insurance product or company. This is not intended as legal or financial advice, nor should it be considered as such. J&R Construction highly suggests homeowners always seek independent, qualified financial, legal, and insurance advice from a licensed, qualified, and reputable professional.