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A Guide to Your Kitchen Remodeling Project So you’re finally sure you want to remodel your kitchen. Like many other homeowners out there, you may not know exactly where to start. Some look at appliances. Others collect beautiful kitchen photos for inspiration. Some decide they want to add room. Others simply want an upgrade in their current kitchen’s look. In any case, consider the following before you proceed: 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? Cut out or save photos of kitchens that caught your eye. Planning Your Preliminary Budget
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Once you have a clear picture of what you want in mind, you can start planning your budget based on the scope of work. Budget and scope go hand in hand and generally change as you learn more about the process and begin to understand the limits of your resources. Looking for 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. Ask your friends and relatives, coworkers and neighbors too. Otherwise, scan online review websites and the like. 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 phase is for the finalization of your design and preparation of the 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 covered in advance 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 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 keep coming back to your home to fix these things once and for all. It’s just part of the equation.