Whether you’re doing a major kitchen renovation or a moderate upgrade, planning a kitchen remodel can create an extremely stressful and challenging environment for everyone in the family. So before you hire a contractor or pick up a hammer I want to share a few insider prep tips to help you make smart choices as you begin to plan for your next kitchen renovation project.
Do Your Research
Define Your Goals
Take the time to assess your lifestyle and how you and your family currently work and “LIVE” in your kitchen. Analyze your wants and needs …what works and what doesn’t. From how long you intend to live in your home to how many cooks are in your kitchen…this is where your data is collected so make lists!
This is precisely why hiring a kitchen design professional is critical to the overall success of your project. As your advocate we are here to help design, plan, manage and guide the renovation process for you, which will ultimately save you time, money and your sanity!
Hire Your Dream Team
Going the DIY route is doable if you’re scope of work is simple. Painting out cabinets, installing new hardware or even changing out a simple back-splash is a relatively simple upgrade for the handy person to tackle at home.
However when your kitchen renovation project involves the removal of walls, building new ones, any structural revisions and relocating and supplementing any plumbing and electrical systems, then you will need to hire a designer to provide the drawings that the General Contractor will ultimately build from.
Get GC references from your designer and visit the homes of the contractors’ past clients to check out their work! See the quality of workmanship with your own eyes and speak with these clients to learn about their personal experience. People are more than willing to share their kitchen renovation war stories.
Do your best to find the right dream team for you, so all the time and money you spend planning, budgeting, and designing your kitchen will be put into the right hands.