Remodeling your kitchen can create feelings of both excitement and overwhelm. Careful planning before embarking on your kitchen remodel can not only save time, money, and frustration down the road but also allow you to enjoy the process every step of the way.
Linda Eberhardt, President and Owner of Create Distinctive Home Remodeling, recommends the following prior to starting your kitchen remodel.
1. Do your homework when it comes to finding a reliable remodeler or design firm. Choosing the right company to work with is probably the most important decision you will make. Not only in terms of the end result of the project, but the process that you experience getting there. Some things to consider when choosing a remodeler: Are they a member of the Better Business Bureau or Houzz and what are their ratings, how many projects like yours have they completed, do they use their own craftsmen or do they use subcontractors, can they provide you with references of others who have worked with them?
2. Determine the best type of company for you. When it comes to kitchen remodeling there are many different choices in terms of the type of company to work with. You can choose a kitchen showroom, big box store, general contractor, electrician and plumber, or design/build firm. While any one of them may work for you, it’s important to weigh all of your options and based on your particular needs, go the direction that is best suited to you and your project.
3. Consider your budget range. Kitchen remodels come in many shapes and sizes and the possibilities are almost endless. It’s important that you think about what budget you are comfortable with and work with options accordingly. This will help allow you to prioritize those things that are most important to you in your remodel.
4. Determine big picture goals for the project.Will your kitchen be used primarily as a place for the kids to do their homework? Or will it be a room for entertaining guests? Will there be multiple cooks using the kitchen? Determining the goals for the room will help guide many decisions along the way.
5. Begin thinking about the scope of work. Is your plan to update your kitchen by leaving the floor plan as is? Or are you looking to reconfigure the floor plan within the existing space? Or maybe your plan is to expand into an adjoining room or add new space. There are a lot of options when it comes to scope of work and all kitchen remodels are definitely not equal.
6. Narrow down the kitchen style. Whether your taste is contemporary, French country, eclectic, retro or something else, determining your overall kitchen style will help to direct the selection process when it comes to cabinets, countertops, appliances, flooring and more. Create has a produced every style you could ever want, check out our portfolio!
7. Consider project timelines. A kitchen remodel is a big investment when it comes to time. Find out a realistic timeline for completion from your remodeler so you can coordinate with your personal schedule. Think about vacations and how you might be able to tie those in with your construction schedule.
8. Think about contingency kitchen accommodations during construction. With most kitchen remodels, you will be without a functioning kitchen for a period of time. Many good remodelers can help you with a makeshift plan that allows you to operate at least partially out of another area in the home.
9. Browse through magazines, visit showrooms, browse the internet, and attend seminars for product and design ideas. The possibilities are virtually endless when it comes to kitchen products and designs. Familiarizing yourself with some of the possibilities can help alleviate the initial overwhelm. Oh look! Here’s a showroom right here!
10. Make note of your needs, wants and priorities. Talk with other family members who will also be using the kitchen and try to reach common needs, wants and priorities among the group.
While the idea of remodeling can be stressful, it can also be a lot of fun. The kitchen is truly one of the most important rooms in the home as it is no longer just a place to cook your meals. It’s a great opportunity to show off your personality and create a warm and inviting room that the whole family enjoys spending time in day after day.