A Guide to Renovating Your Kitchen So you’re all set 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 more space is necessary. Others just want upgrade the look of their current kitchen. Regardless, the following must be considered before the work begins: 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? Look for pictures of kitchens you like and cut them out or save them. 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 typically change as you become more informed and able to reconcile your plans and your resources. Looking for the Right Professionals Even if you plan to DIY, you’re going to need the services of a professional at certain points. Approach clerks at big box stores and showrooms and ask 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 is when you finalize the design and prepare final details. Also, your final permit set or Construction Drawings (CDs) come into play at this time. Getting Contractor Estimates If you still don’t have a licensed contractor on board, do find one. It’s best to work with at least 3 different contractor estimates so you can make comparisons. Setting Schedules Fix your schedule, plan for cleaning out cabinets and putting things in storage; and if you plan to live in the house during the construction, set up a temporary kitchen that you can use. Logistics must be covered in advance 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 When construction is done, or almost done, there’s always that annoying little list of things that are wrong, missing or just forgotten about. A shrinking caulk line, a light switch plate that is nowhere to 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.