A Guide to Renovating Your Kitchen So you’re finally sure you want to remodel your kitchen. As many other homeowners out there, you may not know just where to start or how. Some look at appliances. Others collect photos of beautiful kitchens. Some decide they want to add room. Others just want upgrade the look of their current kitchen. In any case, consider the following before you proceed: What You Need
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Hunt for ideas all around you – home design magazines, kitchen showrooms, the Internet, etc. How many people are going to use this room? Cut out or save photos of kitchens that caught your eye. Planning Your Preliminary Budget
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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 hand in hand and typically change as you become more informed and able to reconcile your plans and 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. Approach clerks at big box stores and showrooms and ask for referrals. Also ask your relatives, friends and coworkers. 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. It’s also a good idea to send out drawings to get estimates on finishes and fixtures. Design Development and Construction Documents Here, you finalize your design and get ready with your final details. This is also where your final permit set or Construction Drawings (CDs) will come into play. 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 Fix your schedule, plan for cleaning out cabinets and putting things in storage; and if you plan to live in the house during the construction, set up a temporary kitchen that you can use. Discuss logistics with your contractor in advance. When all of these are laid out on the table before the work starts, you can set fair expectations and make the whole project run smoothly. The Punch List Once construction is done, or almost done, there’s always that small list of jobs that must be done. A missing light switch plate, a caulk line that has shrunk, etc. Sometimes, your contractor will have to keep coming back to your home and get these things done for good. It’s just part of the formula.

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