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Tips for Renovating Your Kitchen

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 check out appliances. Others gather kitchen photos to inspire them. Some decide more space is necessary. Others just want upgrade the look of their current kitchen.

Regardless, the following must be considered before the work begins:

What You Need
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Hunt for ideas all around you – home design magazines, kitchen showrooms, the Internet, etc. How many people will be using the room? Save or cut out pictures of kitchens you like.

Preliminary Budget Planning
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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 you intend to pull a DIY on this project, you’re going to have to hire a professional at some point. Approach clerks at big box stores and showrooms and ask for referrals. Ask your friends and relatives, coworkers and neighbors too. Otherwise, check out consumer websites and read reviews online.

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. It’s also a good idea to send out drawings to get estimates on finishes and fixtures.

Design Development and Construction Documents

This phase is for the finalization of your design and preparation of the final details. This is also the time for your final permit set or Construction Drawings (CDs).

Getting Contractor Estimates

If you still have no licensed contractor on board for your project, you clearly have to look for 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 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 caulk line that has shrunk and moved away from the wall, a light switch plate that couldn’t 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 just part of the equation.