If you’ve decided that you want to remodel your kitchen, it can become rather confusing very quickly. Just trying to figure out where they should start and what they need to do in order to get the kitchen of their dreams with the space and the budget that they have can seem daunting, but it really isn’t. It’s time to take a step back and to start breaking it all down into steps that will be far more manageable and possible to achieve. Slow and steady wins the race. Take your time, and all will be fine.
Determine What Your Kitchen Needs
This should be relatively easy to do. You’ll want to think about how you are currently using your kitchen and how you want to be able to use your kitchen. Look at the layout and get an idea of the amount of space you have to work with to reach your goals. Will you be able to reach them with the space that you have, or do you feel that you would need to have an addition? This would require a bit more work and money, but it might be the only way that you can get what you really want.
However, you can also reassess your dream kitchen to make it plausible in the space you have without spending a fortune on an addition.
Keep Researching the Elements of the Kitchen and Know Your Budget
There is a good chance that you’ve already been working on some research for your new kitchen. You’ve probably started looking at photos online and even clipped out photos from magazines when you saw kitchens that you liked. That’s a good start, as it can give you an idea of what might be possible in the space you have.
You should also start to look at different appliances that you want to have added to the kitchen, as well as the countertops and cabinets. Even consider the flooring. Make sure that you keep your budget firmly in mind when you are looking at all of the elements you want to add. If the cost is too high right now, and you are set on having those appliances or a certain type of countertop, then you will need to save more before you begin. You will be happier when you get the exact kitchen that you want, so waiting a few months, or even up to a year to increase your budget is worth it.
Keep in mind that the elements you are going to be using in your kitchen are only part of the budget. You also have to factor in the cost of the professionals who will be doing the work. While there are certainly some DIY projects that you can complete to help keep the costs down, there is a good chance that you will still need to hire the pros for some jobs.
Finding the Specialists to Create Your Dream Kitchen
It is time to consider what professionals you will need to have working on your kitchen. The pros you will need depend on the extent of your remodel. Are you going to be replacing the flooring? Are you in need of electrical work and plumbing work or will everything remain the same? Whether you need a plumber, a flooring specialist, someone to install cabinets and countertops or anything else, you need to put in the time to find the best professionals in your area to take care of the job.
How do you find quality contractors to work with on your remodel? First, you may want to ask friends, family, and coworkers for referrals. If you know they’ve recently had work done on their home, you can talk with them about the contractor and the experience they had. If they had a good experience, it doesn’t necessarily mean you want to hire them right now. You still need to conduct your own research.
House Tipster (www.houstipster.com) has fantastic “Angie’s List” style resources to locate qualified and experienced contractors in your area.
Whether you have referrals or not, you need to spend some time looking at the contractors’ websites. Look at some of their previous work and ask for referrals. Make sure they are able to provide you with their license and insurance information. You do not want to work with contractors who aren’t licensed and insured, as it could mean trouble for you down the road.
Interview the contractors and then get an estimate. Keep in mind that cheap is not always the best option, even though everyone likes to save money. In addition, this doesn’t mean that the most expensive option is the best either. Once you interview a couple of contractors, you will be able to narrow your decision and find those who are best suited for the job.
You should also realize that your remodel isn’t going to happen overnight. It takes time to do the job right. When you are speaking with your contractors, you should ask them how long they believe the job will take. They should be able to give you a good estimate. While there is always the potential for unforeseen circumstances causing the job to take longer than the estimate, it will still give you a good idea of just how much time you will have to be without your kitchen so you can prepare.
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