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A Guide to Your Kitchen Remodeling Project So you’ve finally decided to renovate your kitchen. As many other homeowners out there, you may not know just where to start or how. Some check out appliances. Others gather kitchen photos to inspire them. Some decide they want more space. Others just want give their current kitchen a facelift. Whatever is true to you, look into the following before proceeding: Your Needs
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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. 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. Finding the Right Pros Even if you intend to pull a DIY on this project, you’re going to have to hire a professional at some point. Check out showrooms and big box stores and ask the clerk for referrals. Also ask your relatives, friends and coworkers. Otherwise, check out consumer websites and read reviews online. 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. 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. Also, your final permit set or Construction Drawings (CDs) come into play at this time. 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 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 discussed ahead of time with your contractor. When all of these are laid out on the table before the work starts, you can set fair expectations and make the whole project run smoothly. 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 keep coming back to your home and get these things done for good. It’s all part of the equation.