Summer is the best time for a kitchen renovation. You have been looking at those dated cabinets, faux-brick backsplashes and linoleum floors long enough. It’s time for a 21st century kitchen, so start looking at pictures and shopping for what you want so you don’t waste precious time. Of course remodeling knows no seasonal boundaries, so why is summer best? Read on to find out.
You’ll waste less energy. Knocking walls down and hauling lots of lumber, supplies and equipment in and out of the house is going to affect your climate control, and those heavy plastic curtains they hang for damage can only do so much. You’ll be paying for the renovation — you don’t want to pay to heat the whole neighborhood too.
More work will get done. Nice weather makes it easier for construction work to get done, especially if you are expanding and need work done outdoors like concrete poured or framing erected.
The work will go more quickly. This can happen in stretches of good weather, which are more likely in the summer, but also because more workers are often available to work in summer. College students home on break, high school kids on summer vacation, school system employees looking for extra work — the market is flooded. While these workers are available, they aren’t all necessarily skilled, so always use a reputable company that has plenty of qualified year-round workers.
You can save money on food. Kitchen renovations can be difficult because you have to go for long stretches without access to cooking equipment. After a while, microwaved burritos eaten off trays in the living room can get old. Summer allows you to take advantage of the opportunity to cook outdoors. Having a gas grill at the ready means you can quickly and easily cook up steaks, burgers, hot dogs, chicken and even fish, if you use tin foil. You can grill veggies, heat up leftovers and even make s’mores (or save time and calories by just eating the candy bars). If you don’t have a grill, you can pick up a small charcoal one for under $50 and still turn out dozens of fabulous meals. This would be a good time to consider whether you would eventually like to add an outdoor kitchen one day as well.
You’re home less often. You will likely be on vacation at least two weeks over the summer — more if you have a vacation home. Your kids probably will be away at camp or visiting grandparents for a period of time as well, and you and your spouse can go out to dinner, or eat frozen pizza in front of the TV. If you’re feeling healthy and sophisticated, buy fresh salad ingredients and bread at the store, and eat al fresco with a glass of sparkling wine. It will be like you’re young all over again!
Falk Construction, Inc. specializes in all types of home renovations. They work year-round, not just in the busy spring and fall renovation seasons, so give them a call to discuss your ideas. If you’re looking to finally renovate your kitchen, this summer is the perfect time.