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Here at E&D Contracting, we know that work done well is a reward of its own and it's something we pride ourselves on. With more than 19 years of contracting experience in Alaska, we know there is more to value than just the lowest price. We provide our clients with a quality product for the most economical price.
As a General Contractor, we provide a wide range of construction and home improvement services. Our specialties include kitchen and bathroom remodeling, home additions and full home remodels. We work with you and your existing plans, or we can provide you with a comprehensive design/build solution.
We provide our clients with professional service that ensures quality and value in a timely manner while maintaining a safe and healthy workplace for employees.
Safety is one of our key concerns at E&D Contracting. We have a safety program in place in order to establish a productive workforce and deliver an unmatched, high-quality product. As a drug-free workplace, we enforce strict compliance to all federal, state, local and customer regulations.
We’ve earned a reputation for our quality work and our integrity in dealing with clients, architects, suppliers and subcontractors. We work hard to earn your satisfaction and respect. It’s our goal to develop a long-lasting relationship with you and the Alaskan community through honesty and professionalism, so that we can continue to be your No. 1 source for all your contracting needs.
Keys to a Great Kitchen Remodeling Project
Set Your Budget
First, you need to plan what you are going to do in your kitchen, whether a complete remodel including cabinets, countertops, floors, and appliances, or if you are going to do part of those things, but not all of them.
This is in part determined by the state your kitchen is in now, and also by the amount of money you have to spend. You can save on cabinets by just installing new drawer fronts or doors, and even new fixtures like handles and drawer pulls. Some cabinets can even be painted.
Get Solid Estimates
Once you have set your budget, you need to get solid estimates for what you can really do with that amount of money. Be sure that you look at licensed contractors and get pricing estimates from them. The more thorough their inspection and estimate, the less likely you are to go outside what you intend to spend. The other aspect of estimates is time. Being without your kitchen is inconvenient at best, horrible at worst. Getting a good idea of exactly how long the project will take is essential, and the estimate should give you a solid idea of what that looks like.
Make a Meal Plan
While you are without your kitchen, you still need to eat, and it is important to make a meal plan. In some cases the renovations will not take that long, so this could be a simple matter of putting a microwave in the garage or a spare room, and preparing meals that you can heat up.
The other important aspect is food storage. Have the contractor put your old appliances in the garage, or if you are keeping them, set them up there temporarily. At least you will have a place for frozen or refrigerated foods in case you need them.
Plan a Cushion into Your Budget
Just like the contractor should plan a cushion into their budget, you should plan one into yours as well. Often in kitchen projects, you may discover hidden water damage and other issues you were not aware of. You may find that you need to update your sinks with the best kitchen faucets on the market if they advise that the ones already there have a large buildup of mold or mildew.
If you build a 20% cushion into your budget to plan for these things, you should be able to afford any unexpected expense.
Don’t Get Distracted
In the kitchen, it is easy to get distracted by new things you don’t need, or improvements you don’t really need to do. Small appliances can wait, and if you do one thing it often leads to another. Suddenly deciding to replace counters can lead to new sinks, new fixtures, and even new paint. Unless those are a part of your original plan, don’t pursue them.
A kitchen remodel can be amazing, and it can transform your home in ways you never imagined, while also raising its value.