Some kitchen-renovation projects are best left to the professionals. We spoke with Jeremy Parcels, president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and a designer at Christopher’s Kitchen & Bath, about when you should bring in the reinforcements (and who’s the best expert for the job).
Problem: “These stained laminate countertops are killing me.”
Solution: If you’re not willing or able to invest upwards of $5,000 to upgrade the material, consider an epoxy coating, Parcels says. For less than $500, enterprising DIY-ers can buy epoxy kits that will give existing surfaces a glossy, durable finish, but they can be tricky to work with, so consider bringing in professionals from a company like Denver Epoxy. Ready to spring for granite or quartz? Start with a stone fabricator and a plumber, and set aside some of your budget in case you need a carpenter to modify cabinetry or touch up finishes.
Problem: “I wish my kitchen wasn’t so closed off from the rest of the house.”
Solution: Before you start swinging a sledgehammer, have a contractor or engineer determine if the wall…