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A Guide to Your Kitchen Remodeling Project

So you’re all set to renovate your kitchen. Like many other homeowners out there, you may not know exactly where to start. Some check out appliances. Others collect beautiful kitchen photos for inspiration. Some decide they want to add room. Others just want upgrade the look of their current kitchen.

Whatever is true to you, look into the following before proceeding:

Your Needs
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Look all around you for ideas – online, kitchen showrooms downtown, interior design magazines, etc. How many people are going to use this room? Look for pictures of kitchens you like and cut them out or save them.

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 Professionals

Even if your plan is to DIY, you will have to work with a professional at certain points during the project. Check out showrooms and big box stores and ask the clerk for referrals. Ask your friends and relatives, coworkers and neighbors too. Otherwise, check out consumer websites and read reviews online.

Schematic Design

This is when you create a plan, including the room’s layout, space planning, and the rest. You also have to decide on materials to be used, the amount of such materials necessary, and their costs. You can also get estimates on finishes and fixtures by sending out drawings.

Design Development and Construction Documents

This is when you finalize the design and prepare final details. Also, your final permit set or Construction Drawings (CDs) come into play at this time.

Getting Contractor Estimates

If you still don’t have a licensed contractor on board, do find one. It’s best to work with at least 3 different contractor estimates so you can make comparisons.

Setting Schedules

Get that schedule in order and plan on cleaning out the cabinets, keeping what you don’t need, and, if you’ll be staying in the house during construction, putting up a temporary kitchen so you don’t lose your sanity! Logistics must be discussed ahead of time with your contractor. With all of these on the table prior to the start of work, you can set rational expectations and make the project run hassle-free.

The Punch List

At the end … or near end… of construction, there’s always that little list of things 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 just part of the formula.