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Tips for Renovating Your Kitchen So you’re finally sure you want to remodel your kitchen. Like many other homeowners out there, you may not know exactly where to start. Some look at appliances. Others collect beautiful kitchen photos for inspiration. Some decide they want to add room. Others just want give their current kitchen a facelift. Regardless, the following must be considered before the work begins: Your Needs
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Hunt for ideas all around you – home design magazines, kitchen showrooms, the Internet, etc. How many people are going to use this room? Look for pictures of kitchens you like and cut them out or save them. Planning a Preliminary Budget
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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 together and usually change from time to time during the design process as you learn more and understand how to make the project work within the limits of your resources. Finding the Right Pros Even if your plan is to DIY, you will have to work with a professional at certain points during the project. 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. You may also want to send out drawings as you try get estimates on fixtures and finishes. Design Development and Construction Documents This phase is for the finalization of your design and preparation of the final details. This is also the time for your final permit set or Construction Drawings (CDs). Getting Contractor Estimates If you still don’t have a licensed contractor on board, do find one. At least 3 different contractor estimates will be great for comparison. 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 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 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 just part of the equation.