4 Reasons Summer is the Perfect Season for a Green Kitchen Remodel

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Seattle contractors, Betterbuilders, realize that summer may not be the most popular time of year to remodel and improve your kitchen, but there are several reasons to reconsider.

Summer is not traditionally the season for ambitious green kitchen remodels. Most contractors find themselves utilizing the dry weather to take larger outdoor jobs, such as deck and siding projects. However, Betterbuilders, a Seattle area builder, would like to offer a few reasons why summer may be the right time to embark on improving the kitchen.

Despite being one of the best ways to increase the value and efficiency of a house, kitchen remodels can also cause the most disruption. A busy family can find the temporary destruction of their kitchen a very difficult obstacle to everyday life. By coordinating family activities around this disruption, steps can be taken to minimize the difficulty, ultimately reaping the benefits of an efficient and cost effective kitchen.

Here are the four best reasons to reconsider putting off that kitchen remodel until after summer:

The Great Outdoors
The most obvious reason is that the summertime is made for cooking outdoors. Barbecue just plain tastes better when the person manning the grill can get a little sun on the back of their neck. Outdoor cooking not only reduces the amount of counter space needed for preparatory work, but also simplifies much of the cleanup. So when the kitchen is torn up, you can just go on vacation in your backyard.

Plan Summer Activities
It's no secret that in the Pacific Northwest there is just more to do during the summer months. This is especially true for families with school age children. While you probably don't want to just "disappear" during a costly remodel, carefully planning fun summer activities for the family is a great way to avoid the chaos of an out-of-order kitchen.

Summer Holidays
Holidays and observances in the summer are all designed specifically with an outdoor component in mind. Picnics and barbecues help us to enjoy the lush greenery that the previous 8 months of rain have provided. Even though most professional builder/contractors finish kitchen remodels on time, squeezing a full remodel into a busier and wetter holiday season can be a challenge, especially when the popular fall and spring months are booked so quickly. Summertime means less conflicts.

Start Saving Now!
So, the real reason to upgrade and improve the kitchen with an environmentally conscious green remodel is to become more efficient. Yes there are other reasons, like updating and choosing safer materials for your home, but the primary reason is to utilize energy more effectively. The heat of summer can make that old refrigerator sound like a heavy duty air compressor typically found at your mechanics, especially if your homes envelope is not as tight as it should be. Don't waste another hot summer on inflated energy bills, install Energy Star certified appliances and start saving now!

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