If you are giving your kitchen a new color or just choosing a new faucet, you can go through your options quickly. However, most kitchen remodeling projects are not so simple. Homeowners generally face the prospect of getting a new countertop, cabinets, fixtures and accessories to work together. The first part of this guide will help anyone to get started in the right way.
- Evaluate the kitchen. Take a critical look at the kitchen, and make note of the areas where it falls short. Think about the factors that negatively impact your meal preparation. This assessment will be critical in developing a remodeling plan.
- Decide on goals. Every remodeling project should have clear goals set by the homeowner. Your goals will be the basis for the remodeling project, whether you want a larger or a more functional kitchen. Rank your goals in
- Look for inspiration. Looking at images of other remodeling jobs will help you to develop your own idea of what the kitchen should look like. Contractors have images of their remodeling jobs on their websites, and there are many other websites online devoted to kitchen remodeling. Home improvement magazines are another good source of ideas.
- Work out the budget. Every time you see an appliance or material you like, make a note of it, and find out how much it costs. When you are done, you will have a part of your overall budget. Once you talk to a contractor, then the entire budget will come together. The amount you can spend will set the course of the project.
- Manage your expectations. A common mistake among homeowners when remodeling their kitchens is that they don’t have realistic expectations. This can apply to the outcome of the project, the pace of the work or the return on investment if the plan is to sell the home. Discuss the project in detail with the contractor so you will have some idea of what to expect.
With kitchen remodeling you must prioritize the changes based on your needs. Obvious signs of disrepair should take precedence over trendy updates. Try to avoid changes that require changes to the plumbing unless this is absolutely necessary. Your budget should include a contingency to cover unforeseen expenses. In part 2, we will look at other aspects of kitchen remodeling that you should know if you want the project to be a success.