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How Do I Begin a Kitchen Renovation?

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Some homeowners begin their kitchen remodeling project by shopping for appliances. Others begin gathering inspiring images and color samples. Others begin by imagining other floor ideas and layouts.

Why are kitchen projects held up and postponed for so long?

  • Remodeling may be stressful. Managing all of the options, complexities, and dependencies involved in a kitchen renovation project may be psychologically taxing. Decision fatigue can occur, resulting in delays or even avoidance.
  • Homeowners are unable to envision the outcome. How will it all come together? Will the final kitchen be appealing? When it comes to large purchases like a vehicle or a house, what you see is what you get. However, with a renovation job, “what you receive” is not visible until everything is put in your home.

Both of these arguments encourage consulting with designers and contractors earlier in the process. Their knowledge and expertise can only help you make better, more educated judgments and protect you from becoming stuck. They can also give tips that you wouldn’t have thought of in the first place. Such as using a custom range hood for your kitchen.

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Follow these steps to get your remodeling project off to a good start

Get Prepared
From internet shopping to boutique dealers to home center superstores, the marketplace today provides a seemingly infinite supply of appealing items and options. But how can you become ready to traverse the vast world of home improvement products?

A little planning can assist you in breaking the procedure down into logical and achievable chunks. Consider all of the reasons why you want to redesign your kitchen – what drives you? What are your objectives? Write them down and share them with your partner and family.

Next, commit. You intend to renovate your kitchen. Congratulations if you can take this initial step with firmness and confidence. Regardless of the challenges ahead, your decision will get you to the finish line.

We will assist you in determining your renovation goals in the phases that follow. As you go through these processes, consider how your kitchen will:

  • Meet your family’s lifestyle requirements.
  • Fit and optimize your space’s size.
  • Consider your renovation budget and timetable.

Determine Your Wants and Needs
There are several kitchens. You’re looking for your kitchen at the end of the day. Examine your wants and needs by analyzing how your current kitchen functions:

  • Who does the cooking? How frequently?
  • What kitchen appliances do you have?

Is there anything else going on in the kitchen? Paperwork, computer work, entertainment, laundry, and so forth.

How easy is it to get to and use storage space? Do you require additional storage? Where?

  • How simple is it to get to the garbage? Do you keep recyclables in your kitchen?
  • Do you require additional counter space? Where?
  • What do you enjoy most about your kitchen?
  • What would you alter about your current kitchen?
  • What don’t you enjoy about your current living situation?
  • Which features do you lack in your kitchen?
  • Do you have any plans for the arrangement of your kitchen?
  • What colors and designs do you want to incorporate into your kitchen?

It pays to be meticulous. The more precisely you can express your desires and objectives, the easier it will be to persuade kitchen designers and constructors to adhere to your exact vision.

Establish a Remodel Timeline
But what if you don’t have much renovation expertise and don’t know how long building work takes? What is an appropriate period for remodeling?

For the average kitchen makeover, nine months is usually enough time to obtain what you want while staying within your budget. That’s six months for planning (finding, shopping, creating, preparing, ordering, recruiting, and scheduling) and three months for contract labor.

Depending on how they manage their time, many homeowners complete their jobs faster. However, don’t take time for granted. Time is a resource that enables you to obtain more of what you desire. And we all forget how long it takes to go shopping. You’ll want to take the time to learn about items, dealers, and seasonal specials.

It’s natural to want your kitchen updated before the holidays. However, allow yourself plenty of time and begin preparing in January!

Establish Project Objectives
After you’ve recognized your needs, write down your project goals and the enhancements you desire for your place.

  • Your objectives may mirror one or more of the following:
  • If sold within the following few years, the resale value will rise.
  • Units that are more easily accessible (trash bin cabinets, pots and pans drawers)
  • An open floor plan to make the area appear larger and brighter.
  • newer, more energy-efficient appliances
  • More counter space close to cooktops
  • A gray and white kitchen with a clean, modern appearance.
  • new ceramic tile flooring
  • A coffee or wine station (or both)
  • Electronics charging station

Go Shopping
“Shopping is a huge thing,” says Dan Jones, a kitchen remodeling specialist at CliqStudios. “People forget about the hours they spend staring at the same four faucets in the plumbing aisle.”

Unless you have a highly hands-on contractor or interior designer, you will most likely be making some important purchase decisions on your own. These are significant judgments. “The kitchen redesign is one of the top five most expensive purchases of your life,” says Jones, “all within the one most expensive buy of your life — your house.”

To begin, make a list of the following essential kitchen items:

  • Cabinets \sCountertops \sAppliances
  • Faucets and sinks
  • Flooring \sLighting \sBacksplash

There’s a lot to learn about different brands, materials, installation techniques, maintenance and care needs, pricing, guarantees, and more within each category. Keep a precise list or a spreadsheet of your possibilities.

Shop online and offline, peruse product catalogs, attend showrooms and trade exhibitions, and visit salvage yards and specialized stores in your area. You’ll have a better sense of how much particular things, features, and upgrades cost and how much you value them over time.

Establish a Remodel Budget
“How much money do you have?” It’s one of the first questions a renovation expert will ask. However, you won’t be able to set a budget with confidence unless you’ve shopped and researched several product possibilities.

In this sense, deciding on a renovation budget is comparable to deciding on a budget for a car or a house. What you can buy is determined by what you have, how much you’re prepared to spend, and your financing possibilities.

Budget guidelines for the kitchen.

The average cost of a kitchen makeover, according to HomeAdvisor, is around $22,000, with a normal range of $12,500 to $33,000, although high-end kitchen remodels may cost considerably more. Cabinets typically account for 25-30% of the renovation expense. Customers of CliqStudios spend an average of $8,000 on cabinets.

Pay attention, take notes, and, like any smart shopper, you’ll figure out how to save money along the road.

Call in the Experts
When it comes to professional kitchen renovation assistance, there are two primary players:

A kitchen designer ensures that your kitchen is practical, efficient, and provides the most value for your money. They take the time to learn about your goals and needs. They then transform those into a plan that is effective, elegant, and executable.

The build-out and installation of the kitchen designer’s ideas are coordinated by a general contractor (GC). The general manager is in charge of managing products, supplies, and personnel. They schedule electricians, plumbers, tile specialists, fabricators, and finish carpenters, who are commonly engaged in kitchen makeovers.

Begin early and be aggressive in bringing in experts. Their knowledge will assist you in making smarter remodeling selections, and scheduling appointments early will guarantee that you have a position on their schedules. The most well-known professionals have extremely busy schedules, and it’s not uncommon for a contractor to be booked months in advance.

What about architectural or interior design services? If you’re redesigning your entire home or making big structural improvements, an interior designer or architect may assist you in coordinating the process. However, if you’re merely remodeling a kitchen, their services aren’t necessary, even though they can add large expenditures to the job.

You, your kitchen cabinet designer, and your general contractor should be allowed to decorate, design, and build your kitchen to your specifications.

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