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A Guide to Your Kitchen Remodeling Project So you’ve finally decided to renovate your kitchen. Like many other homeowners out there, you may not know exactly where to start. Some look around for appliances. Others collect photos of beautiful kitchens. Some decide they want to add room. Others just want give their current kitchen a facelift. Regardless, the following must be considered before the work begins: What You Need
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Look for ideas everywhere – the Internet, your down kitchen showroom, magazines, etc. How many people are expected to use the room? Look for pictures of kitchens you like and cut them out or save them. Planning a 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 typically change as you become more informed and able to reconcile your plans and your resources. Finding the Right Professionals 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 the time to plan the space, the layout, cabinet sizes, and so on. 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 Here, you finalize your design and get ready with your 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. At least 3 different contractor estimates will be great for comparison. Setting Schedules Put that schedule in order and plan on keeping things in storage, cleaning out the cabinets, and setting up a temporary kitchen if you intend to remain in the house during construction. 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 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 keep coming back to your home to fix these things once and for all. It’s just part of the formula.