Remodeling your kitchen can be easy, fun, and adventurous if you take the right steps and get the right people involved from the beginning. You’re getting the kitchen you’ve always wanted. That’s definitely something to take seriously. But it’s also an experience you should enjoy.
Get All Financial Parties Involved
Bring everyone together that will have anything to do with the financial aspect of the remodel. This should include anyone involved in contributing financially. That way, everyone is on the same page from start to finish. Set goals and a budget early on so that there are no discrepancies in what’s going on.
Plan Earlier Than You Want Work Completed
Start your plan well in advance of your ideal timeline for work completion. A comfortable starting point would be around 8-12 weeks before you actually want the remodel project completed. This gives everyone enough time for planning and deciding exactly what needs to be done.
Contact/Retain a Design Build Contractor
A design/build contractor can help make what you’re envisioning come to life. Before any work is done, the contractor will help you make plans and design your kitchen with you. Then, once everyone is satisfied with the design, the same contractor will build, knowing exactly what is wanted and needed. Hiring a design/build contractor helps ease confusion that can often occur when proper plans aren’t made ahead of time.
Reconfirm Your Goals and Budgets
Do some research on your own in the comfort of your home about styles, kitchen gadgets, fixtures, countertops, appliances, flooring, and everything else you’d want and need in your kitchen. Then, reconfirm your goals and budgets with your contractor.
Set a Firm Start Date
This is important for many reasons. A start date let’s you know when to make alternate plans for kitchen use while it’s being worked on. Obviously, it also let’s the contractors know when to begin so they can put it on their schedule. As mentioned above, early planning is best. That way, everyone is ready and aware of schedules enough In advance for proper preparation.
Make Plans For Periods of Downtime
Remember that you will be without your kitchen during the time it takes to remodel. Times will vary for each individual project. Your contractor should discuss specifics with you. Think about what will happen during your kitchen’s downtime. Where will you cook? What will you do with kids and pets? Can they be restricted to a specific area or will they need to stay with a sitter? Will you stay in the home during the remodel or will you stay elsewhere?
Important Things to Remember
- Let your contractor know immediately if something is not going well in the process.
- The sooner everyone is on the same page, the smoother things will go.
- Remember to enjoy the process. It’s not every day that you get to be involved in having your dream kitchen built.
- Slow down and breathe. A kitchen remodel can be exciting. Don’t forget to relax and relish in the moment.