Successfully Working with a Countertop and Cabinet Contractor
November 2, 2011
In New York City, the kitchen is often the center of the home – it is where meals are prepared and often served. Therefore, having a kitchen that fits one’s own personal style is very important to many homeowners. Replacing cabinetry and countertops in a kitchen is a fantastic way to give the entire space a new look that will fit your style without completely renovating the entire kitchen.
Though much less invasive than a complete overhaul renovation, replacing cabinetry and countertops is an undertaking. The contractors who complete the project may need multiple days to do so. Therefore, as with any home renovation project, it is important that you pick a contractor and crew with whom you feel comfortable and who you will trust to be in your home for an extended period of time. As with any renovation, it’s extremely important that good lines of communication be established between you and the crew. It is always critical to work with a contractor that you are comfortable speaking with and giving directives to.
Further, you must be realistic about your space and what preparations you need to do to it to make the renovation a successful one. When preparing your space for a cabinet and countertop renovation, keep in mind that you are not completely cutting and renovating the entire kitchen. It is more than likely that you will be fine to live within your home throughout the duration of the renovation. However, you should make certain changes to your home in anticipation of the renovation. You should ensure there is a space close to your home where your contractor may park his or her truck with materials. In the city, this may require a lot of planning ahead. Further, you should remove any obstructions, such as valuables and furniture that are on the workers’ path through your home to the kitchen. You should also over furniture, carpeting, and flooring to protect it from any building materials the contractors may need to use.
Depending on the age of your home and the extent of your cabinet replacement, there could be an extensive amount of work to be done in your kitchen. Replacing cabinetry can result in large amounts of noise and might also require the use of fairly pungent chemicals. It’s a good idea to get a sense from your contractor how much noise and use of foul smelling chemicals should be expected. Depending on your proximity to your neighbors, it is a good idea to make them aware of the upcoming work.
Though you are paying the contractor and his crew to do the work in your home, it can help to do your part, as well. This means providing old rags and towels for them so that they may clean off surfaces when necessary. Further, making sure that the contractor has necessary access to the water hookups in your building will be of big help.