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Your Dream Kitchen

Thinking of updating your kitchen? Living through a kitchen renovation can be a challenge whether you are remodeling your primary residence or your beach house due to dust, noise and the inconvenience of finding a temporary place to cook and eat. If your schedule allows, choosing to remodel your beach house kitchen during the off season is ideal without infringing on your vacation time. But whatever time frame you choose, your kitchen renovation will be well worth the wait and is one of the smartest places to invest in your home.

Before beginning the process of renovating, think about how you plan to use your kitchen and what features are most important to you. Is it predominantly a prep space for making meals or do you love to cook and want a gourmet kitchen? Do you intend on entertaining there also? Would you like more space and want to add additional square footage or is the layout functional within the existing footprint? Visit websites like Houzz and Pinterest to gather design ideas and pictures so you have a vision of how you might imagine your new space.

How do you now transform your ideas into reality? Hire a licensed and insured general contractor who specializes in kitchen remodeling to handle the process from beginning to end. You may also choose to enlist the help of a kitchen designer who will work in conjunction with your contractor. The designer can share the latest trends with you, help determine the best layout of your space and discuss your color scheme and décor. Are you dreaming of a gourmet chef’s kitchen or just require a functional space? Planning how you intend to use the space and discussing your budget are the first steps to a successful remodel. Cabinets, countertops, appliances, flooring and all the bells and whistles can escalate the cost of a project substantially.

At Under Construction Builders, we escort our clients when making selections to ensure that they stay within their budget and find the best options for a coastal home. There are flooring and countertop choices that are especially beach friendly whether your home is a rental or not. Luxury vinyl tile, or LVT, is a durable choice that stands up to humid, salty air. It replicates the look of hard wood, is easy to clean and is water resistant. Tile flooring is another good choice. It is easy to maintain, comes in many colors and styles and feels cool to the touch. Look for durability and low maintenance when choosing a countertop. An alternative to classic granite is a quartzite or engineered quartz countertop that is stain and bacteria resistant, does not require sealing, and with typical use will not chip or crack. The professionals will assist you in selecting the best worry-free options for your kitchen.

Your general contractor will coordinate each aspect of the renovation including obtaining permits, demolition and scheduling all facets of the work. The GC will arrange for the installation of the cabinets, countertops, flooring and backsplash as well as schedule the plumber and electrician. And most importantly, the GC will communicate with you as the progress of the renovation unfolds, which is helpful to insure a seamless and stress-free project, especially if you are managing a long-distance remodel.

Whether you are thinking of a modest update to your kitchen or adding an addition to create more living and dining space, Under Construction Builders will guide you through every step to create a kitchen that is beautiful, functional and easy to maintain to allow you maximum time on the beach!

Under Construction Builders has over 25 years of experience building and renovating on LBI and in South Jersey. We specialize in modernizing kitchens and bathrooms and adding additional living space. Visit our website at , our Houzz profile or call our Ship Bottom office at 609-661-6055.

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