Kitchen Prep: Getting Ready for the Big Remodel
Before the faucets are picked out and the appliances ordered, there are a few steps you should take to prepare your kitchen and yourself for its renovation.
Make a budget, and stick to it
Planning your budget is the first thing you should do to prepare for a kitchen remodel. If you do not have a budget, it will be very easy for you to overspend quickly. Click here for a kitchen renovation check list and budget.
Assess your existing kitchen
Does your current layout work for you and your family? Is it the best use of space? If you have problem areas, such as an ill-placed dishwasher, now is the time to make changes. Consider your lifestyle as well. If you like to entertain and cook, talk to your contractor or designer about opening up your design.
Decide on a contractor
Talk to a few contractors before you select one. Get referrals and ask if they obtain necessary permits for you. You may also want to consider hiring a designer. If you are planning a major renovation, they can help you with the design. Once you select a contractor, ask if they work or recommend a designer in the area. A pre-existing contractor-designer relationship is beneficial to the renovation process.
Measure, Measure, Measure!
If you are thinking of purchasing new fixtures or appliances, know how much room you have before you go shopping. Even if you are not performing a major renovation, take measurements of your entire kitchen and make note of the style of sink (how many holes), and store the information on your phone for quick access. Being prepared will allow our team to find the perfect pieces for you and eliminate any guesswork or returns.