Monday, September 15, 2014

Kitchen Renovation Tips

You’ve taken the plunge and decided that a kitchen makeover is exactly what your Middle Tennessee home needs. Great! But where do you start? Here are some tips from the experts at Fred Oakley Construction in Nashville to get you started. 
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Know your budget
Doing a kitchen renovation on a budget is absolutely achievable. Kitchen renovation costs in Middle Tennessee are generally pretty reasonable, largely because labor is well priced. Even so, everyone has a budget. If it’s a small kitchen renovation, that’s fine – but remember you might not be able to afford everything you want. Look around the web for kitchen renovation ideas and money-saving tips, and talk to your contractor about where they think there might be some savings. As a rule of thumb, design is where you can save some money – if you spend your budget on getting the basics up front, you can always reinstall nicer countertops later when your budget allows.

Renovating a kitchen is hard work, and a tremendous project. Fred Oakley and his construction team can design and renovate your kitchen into one that’s comfortable and functional, full of little details specific to you and your family. If you want more information, or if you want to set up an appointment for a free consultation, call 615-975-8916 or email Fred at

How To Choose a Contractor for your Home Renovation

Choosing the right contractor for your renovation is definitely one of the more stressful things you’ll have to do for your renovation. There's a lot of money on the line, and with all the variables of construction – weather, material deficit, and unexpected challenges – you end up sacrificing a lot of control. Middle Tennessee and Nashville is fortunate enough to have companies, such as Fred Oakley Construction, to choose from. But with so many companies vying for your business, it’s hard to know what to look for. So here’s a small list of some things you should remember when you’re hiring a contractor.
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Go on recommendations
The best way to pick a contractor is to go on recommendations. Fortunately, with the internet review culture, this has never been easier. For example, Fred Oakley (a contractor in Nashville) has an average rating of 4/5 stars.

Be comfortable with your hire
Find someone you like, and stick with them. Don’t be afraid to shop around – best practice says to meet a few face-to-face and see what they’re like. Do some simple online research. Make sure that the company you hire is duly licensed in the state of Tennessee and has the proper Workman's Comp and liability insurance coverage. Check with the Better Business Bureau to see what their rating is and if there have been any complaints.

These are some simple tips to get you out the door. But the best way to get a contractor is to call around. Start with a local Nashville construction company such as Fred Oakley Construction Co. based in Hendersonville, TN and move on from there. They can be reached at 615-975-8916 or Email at Happy renovating!