Tips for Renovating Your Kitchen So you’re all set to renovate your kitchen. Like many other homeowners out there, you may not know exactly where to start. Some look at appliances. Others gather kitchen photos to inspire them. Some decide they want more space. Others just want give their current kitchen a facelift. In any case, consider the following before you proceed: What You Need
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Look all around you for ideas – online, kitchen showrooms downtown, interior design magazines, etc. How many people are expected to use the 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. Finding the Right Pros Even if you plan to DIY, you’re going to need the services of a professional at certain points. Visit big box stores and showrooms and ask the clerk for recommendations. Also ask your relatives, friends and coworkers. 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 need determine what materials you will use, how much will be necessary, and the corresponding costs. You can also get estimates on finishes and fixtures by sending out drawings. Design Development and Construction Documents This is when you finalize the design and prepare 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 working on your project, you obviously need to find one to carry the project through. Get a minimum of 3 different contractor estimates for comparison. 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 discussed ahead of time 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 shrinking caulk line, a light switch plate that is nowhere to be found, etc. Sometimes, your contractor will have to make several visits to your home to get these items done once and for all. It’s all part of the equation.