Dreaming of a new kitchen?
A great kitchen instantly becomes the focal point of your home and the gathering place whenever you have family or friends over…
…but if your current kitchen is cramped, dated, or simply embarrassing to you, it might be time for a kitchen remodel.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
#1 Your Budget
Every project has a budget, no matter how big or small.
Figure out what that budget is and what’s more important to you when it comes to making changes in your kitchen.
For instance, maybe you’ll sacrifice marble counters if it means you can knock down that wall, expand out your kitchen, and get the island you’ve always wanted.
#2 Your Must-Haves
Figure out what matters most to you when it comes to the remodel and focus on those areas first when budgeting and scheduling.
The little things can be added later if need be.
#3 Your Long-Term Use
Many people planning a kitchen remodel jump straight onto Pinterest to begin looking at all the latest kitchen design trends.
The only problem?
They’re only trends!
When doing a remodel of a space as open and important as your kitchen, you need to think about your long-term use and likes.
#4 Your Biggest Concerns
For instance, maybe your stove is too far from the sink or you’d prefer a double oven so you don’t have to cook ahead on holidays.
Or, perhaps you have simpler concerns, like a cooktop that isn’t properly ventilated.
These corrections may not make the biggest aesthetic difference, but they do count for your kitchen’s safety and usability.
#5 Your Expectations
The next thing to get in line before you pay for a kitchen remodel are your expectations about the remodel.
It’s important that you get realistic about what you can expect with your budget and any time constraints you’ve placed on the remodel.
#6 Your Timeline
Your kitchen remodel is obviously going to put your kitchen out of order for a while.
What will you do in the meantime?
Moving snacks and small appliances to another part of the house will help you out a little bit.
#7 Your Abilities
Before you go “DIY”, think about the actual time commitment and the slow learning process it’s going to take for you to do the remodel right.
Realize when it’s time to call in a professional and the value that can bring to the project.
#8 Your Skillset
You might call in a professional for the demolition, the reconstruction, and even the design.
But, that doesn’t mean you can’t pitch in where you can to save a bit of money.
For example, maybe you’ll have the floors laid professionally but change out the faucets yourself.
Or maybe you are already burning the candle at both ends and just don’t have the time or patience to do it yourself.
Hiring the right professional can alleviate most of the stress that comes along with a renovation project.
#9 Your Contractor
When hiring someone to handle your kitchen remodel, be certain that you choose a reputable company that has experience and knows what they are doing.
Ask friends and family for suggestions to make sure you choose a reputable, skilled, and talented company, who will finish things up to your liking.
You can also check the BBB and online reviews of the company as well.
Talk to them about your project, look at pictures of their previous work, and make sure you feel comfortable with what they have to say.
Remember this person is going to be in your home for an extended period of time…
…and you want to make sure that you can trust them to do the work correctly (the 1st time!), respect your house, and keep you updated throughout the process.
Actually seeing what your kitchen will look like before the constructions starts is WAY different than just telling your contractor what you want and having them “wing” it along the way.
Houses and buildings are built off of blueprints for a reason.
This ensures a quality project done to the exact specifications that you want.
Make sure to ask your contractor if they will provide you with a 3D design of your new kitchen.
This way you can see what it will look like, and approve the design before beginning the construction.
Here’s Your Next Step…
We know your husband is never going to renovate your kitchen! Don’t wait any longer dealing with a kitchen that you hate. Get your dream kitchen today, so that you can start enjoying it.
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