What do you need (and want)?
If you’ve been dreaming about your kitchen remodel for some time, you might already have a good idea of what you need. Now is the time to really think it through.
Can you make your dream kitchen a reality with the space you already have? Or, will you need to move walls or add on? How does traffic and workflow through your kitchen now – do you need a new floorplan to achieve your ideal use of the space? Is there something you’ve always wanted, like custom cabinets or a large center island?
These are all important questions to ask yourself as you begin the planning process. First, identify your needs – what MUST you have to make this kitchen remodel a true success? Then, identify your wants – if it’s possible, what would you LOVE to see in your new kitchen?
Determine your kitchen remodel budget
Don’t cringe when you hear the ‘B’ word! Instead, embrace the budget and view it as a useful tool that will aid in your success. Figuring out your remodeling budget is actually something that will give you freedom and focus. When you know how much you have to spend, it’ll help you determine your scope of work and material choices, ultimately making some decisions easier. Check out our blog on how to stick to a remodeling budget for ways to make sure you don’t overspend.
Research professional remodeling companies
Tackling a full kitchen remodel is no small feat. It often involves more than just building skills. For example, plumbing and electrical items may need to be moved or installed depending on your new plans. Working with a remodeling company can take the worry out of the process and help make sure things get done right. Professional remodelers can usually do the job in a shorter amount of time than a DIY homeowner, plus save you money by eliminating costly mistakes. To find a good remodeling company in your area, ask friends and family for recommendations or check out professional organizations such as Houzz.
Work on your kitchen design
Next, it’s time to put all your ideas together to determine exactly what your kitchen will look like. This is where it’s especially helpful to have a professional design-build company on your side. Their designers have years of experience with kitchen remodeling and can easily help you envision what your ideas will look like when they’re all put together. Your design will influence not only the cost, but also how you use your dream kitchen, so it’s important to get it right.
Pick out fixtures and finishes to match your style
This is the fun part! Now that you have an idea of the floorplan and overall design of your kitchen, it’s time to pick out all the little things that add up to give it character. What lighting fixtures do you want? How about paint, cabinet, and countertop colors? Is there a particular flooring option that would make this high traffic area easier to clean and maintain?
Ask for estimates
With a detailed plan, it’s now time to make sure you can afford it. Ask your remodeling company for an estimate on how much it will cost to make your dream kitchen a reality. If it’s too much, then it’s time to tweak things a little to make the numbers work in your favor. If the price comes in too low for your budget, feel free to change things up. Just remember to leave yourself a little buffer to account for unexpected things that will come up during the construction process.
Finalize drawings and get permits (if required)
Many localities require a remodeling permit, especially for projects as large as a full kitchen remodel. Here’s another advantage of hiring a professional to help – they can provide drawings and get the needed permits while you sit back and relax.
You’ve hired a remodeling company, come up with the perfect kitchen design, gotten the needed permits, and picked out your desired fixtures and finishes. It’s time to let the professionals get to work!
Evaluate and enjoy
When the project is complete, take the time to make sure everything is just as it should be. Then, if all is well … start cooking and using that beautiful kitchen!
Are YOU ready for your dream kitchen? Give us a call at (949) 861-3400 to get started on your kitchen remodel today!