How to Prepare for a Kitchen Remodel
Doing a kitchen remodel is a huge commitment. Sometimes, it can be stressful. Of course, having an experienced contractor at your side is one of the best things that you can do for your remodel, but as a homeowner there are some things that you can do to create a remodeling plan that will make your kitchen remodel go a little bit easier for you and your contractor. Creating a plan will give you some ease of mind while you go through the kitchen remodeling process. Each remodel plan needs to have 2 parts: a logistical part and a design part. This will help you convey to your contractor what your needs are and will prevent any miscommunication that can occur.
Your logistical plan should be broken down a little further into a timeline and a budget. These two areas will help you understand the time it will take for you to complete your kitchen remodel and how much the entire process will cost. It will be difficult to get the details of this area of the plan without the help of a contractor.
Do you know how long you want to take on your remodel? 2 months? 3 months? At least have a final deadline planned. Talk with your contractor about parts of the process that will take longer. For example, custom cabinetry usually takes about 6 weeks to complete. Understanding how long each part of the process will take will help you feel prepared.
It’s true, kitchen remodels can get expensive, but you will always save more if you have a budget. Think about what items you want to splurge on and what items you can choose less expensive options. Perhaps you have really been eyeing that expensive marble countertops. Okay, great! Maybe you don’t need custom cabinetry, maybe you can refinish your cabinets and just add some millwork to give it a little more flair. Your contractor can explain ways where you can save money on products that you just are not as excited about.
Your design plan will help you decide what products you are excited about and what you want your kitchen to look like. Take a look at some home design magazines or Houzz and look at some pictures. This will help give you a visual of what you want your kitchen to look like. Save images that you really like. Show them to your contractor. He will help you find the best product that works with your budget and timeline.
Certain areas of your design that you should plan for are:
- Kitchen layout
- Cabinet design
- Light Fixtures
The Importance of a Kitchen Remodel Plan
A comprehensive kitchen remodeling plan will help you feel prepared when you begin your remodel. It will help you convey your ideas to your contractor. Creating the details of your plan is definitely something that you and your contractor can do together. When you and your contractor communicate well together, you can create beautiful results. We want you to have a stress-free time during your remodel and creating a plan is the best way to do that.