No matter how stressful kitchen remodeling projects can be sometimes, homeowners generally agree that the project is worth any amount of stress in the end. These projects range greatly in scale and cost, but even the smallest project can have a big impact on the look of the home. These basic steps will help you to get started, and keep the project on the right footing.
Evaluate the Kitchen
Take some time to think about the things you don’t like about your kitchen, and any issues you experienced while cooking. You may not be able to address every problem, so make a list of the most urgent changes. It is best to focus more on what the kitchen needs instead of just the features you like. This helps to shape the budget for the project and keeps you from overspending.
Have Realistic Expectations
One way for kitchen remodeling projects to go off track is to expect too much. Set a plan for the look of the kitchen and the scope of the work. This not only helps in monitoring the budget, it also helps in managing the day to day tasks and setting a completion date. Homeowners who are unprepared for the noise and inconvenience tend to suffer the most stress from remodeling work. If you want to do some of the work to keep costs down, make sure that you only do the jobs you can handle. Otherwise you could be forced to pay to correct mistakes, and this will lengthen the project.
Most people have their hearts set on the looks they want for their kitchens. Unfortunately, the materials and fixtures they want may not fit the budget. A marble countertop is a beautiful addition to any kitchen, but the money you save with a solid-surface countertop can be used for a new faucet, light fixtures or appliances.
Design and Layout
To save money, it is best to work with the existing layout as much as possible. Focus on convenience and functionality, and only make changes that improve the workflow. Whether you have a galley style kitchen or an L shape, the kitchen triangle gives it a sense of simplicity. Look at pictures online or use 3d design software to shape the look of the space.
Working with a contractor
Even if you want to do some of the work yourself, a contractor will come into the picture. This professional can help in a number of ways. Contractors can sometimes get lower prices on materials. They can also assist with the design phase of these projects.
All the necessary permits must be in place before the work starts. The permit process will depend on the extent of the work, as building, plumbing and electrical work require separate approvals.
Depending on the scope of your kitchen remodel, you may need to make arrangements for meal preparation. The kitchen may be completely off limits, even for a short time. This is another good reason to talk to a contractor early, as this will give you a realistic idea of what to expect.