Planning to do a kitchen remodel? If you have crossed the Rubicon and decided that this is a must-have project, then you have to figure out how you are going to proceed with exercise. There are various ways to go about remodeling your kitchens. Some homeowners will start by looking at some inspirational kitchen photos in order to develop an idea of what you want for your kitchen. Some homeowners will look at pictures of appliances while others will go for the spaces. The exploration stage can be particularly tough if you don’t have a clear conception of what you want for your kitchens.
If you have pondered long enough on what you want for the kitchen remodel and perhaps crystallized the idea of what you want in your mind, you now have the green light to proceed with the kitchen remodel. Here are is a simple step-by-step guide on how you can proceed:-
Think About Your Needs or Requirements
How are you planning to use your kitchen? This should be an important consideration when planning a kitchen remodel. There are plenty of resource portals from which you can source kitchen remodel ideas. What are your priorities during the remodeling? How many people will be using the kitchen? Will you need extra additions?
Research and Plan
Don’t go ahead with a kitchen remodel without carrying out proper and extensive research. Work on your scope which details the extent to which you will remodel and develop a preliminary budget for the remodeling. The budget and scope will change several times as you refine the remodeling idea with a kitchen designer and remodeling expert.
Choose the Professionals
Unless you are a professional yourself, you will have to choose a kitchen designer or builder to carry out the kitchen remodel. Kitchen remodeling encompasses many tasks that cut across skills and expertise. A typical remodeling job will involve builders, building designers, plumbers and electricians and it is important to work with companies that have the breadth and the expertise to offer you many of these services under one roof.
Have a Schematic Design
Because you will be using the kitchen, you know what best you need. You can have draft schematic design or sketches that show what you wish to have, be it the cabinets, islands and elevations etc. It is best to focus on the space planning as well as the layout of the kitchen that you wish to have.
Fixtures and Finishes
What fixtures do you want? What style do you most appreciate? In terms of kitchen fixtures, there are a lot to choose from such as the countertop materials, backsplash, decorative hardware, cabinets, and kitchen sinks amongst others. You don’t need to have everything. Start by choosing the most functional and then proceed to the more vanity kinds of fixtures and finishes.
Get Contractor Estimates
When you have worked out the fine details of what you want in your kitchen, it is time to shop for a suitable contractor who will carry out the job with the highest quality of workmanship and also work within your budget. It is advisable to walk through your sketches and requirements with the contractor in order to ensure you are moving in the same direction.
Ask for a Demo
Once the kitchen renovations permits have been approved and the final plans firmed up, it is time to go for a demo with the contractor before the actual remodeling begins. During this time, it is important to also discuss the logistics of the remodel with your contractor.
Make sure you have made adequate preparations in order to ensure that the process proceeds as smoothly as possible. Because you will not be using the kitchen for the duration of the remodel, make alternatives arrangement. With proper preparation as well as an organization during the kitchen remodel, you can make things easy on yourself and ensure project proceeds without hitches.