So you’ve finally decided to renovate your kitchen. As many other homeowners out there, you may not know just where to start or how. Some look at appliances. Others gather kitchen photos to inspire them. Some decide they want more space. Others simply want an upgrade in their current kitchen’s look.
In any case, consider the following before you proceed:
What You Need
Doing Options The Right Way
Look for ideas everywhere – the Internet, your down kitchen showroom, magazines, etc. How many people are expected to use the room? Cut out or save photos of kitchens that caught your eye.
Preliminary Budget Planning
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As soon as you have a clear picture of what you want in mind, you can begin to plan your budget, depending on the scope of work. Budget and scope go together and usually change from time to time during the design process as you learn more and understand how to make the project work within the limits of your resources.
Finding the Right Pros
Even if you plan to DIY, you’re going to need the services of a professional at certain points. Check out showrooms and big box stores and ask the clerk for referrals. Ask your friends and relatives, coworkers and neighbors too. If this is not possible for some reason, read online reviews and consumer websites.
This is when you create a plan, including the room’s layout, space planning, and the rest. Plus you need to decide what materials to use, how much you will need and what the costs will be. It’s also a good idea to send out drawings to get estimates on finishes and fixtures.
Design Development and Construction Documents
This is when you finalize the design and prepare final details. This is also the time for your final permit set or Construction Drawings (CDs).
Getting Contractor Estimates
If you still have no licensed contractor on board for your project, you clearly have to look for one. Get a minimum of 3 different contractor estimates for comparison.
Put that schedule in order and plan on keeping things in storage, cleaning out the cabinets, and setting up a temporary kitchen if you intend to remain in the house during construction. Logistics must be discussed ahead of time with your contractor. Putting this all on the table before work begins can help you set fair expectations and make the entire project smoother and hassle-free.
The Punch List
Once construction is done, or almost done, there’s always that small list of jobs that must be done. A shrinking caulk line, a light switch plate that is nowhere to be found, etc.
Sometimes, your contractor will have to make several visits to your home to get these items done once and for all. It’s all part of the equation.