There are so many details involved with planning and executing your kitchen remodel. Make sure you have all of your details and budget worked out ahead of time before you start tearing up the kitchen.
Dealing with Your Current Kitchen
If you’re starting with a new design, this step won’t pertain to you. However, if you’re remodeling an existing kitchen, it’s time to get rid of the old! Start by removing all fixtures and appliances (such as sinks, stoves and refrigerators) that aren’t included in your remodel plans. Then move onto painting or wallpapering the walls.
Replacing Old Flooring
If your kitchen floor is damaged or unsightly, consider replacing it before installing new appliances and cabinets (doing so will make for an easier transition). If your floor is in good shape, but you want to change things up, consider installing tile or hardwood floors. If you need new cabinets and countertops too, ask your contractor about special deals that can save you some extra cash while simultaneously giving you a more cohesive look.
Replacing the Countertops
On average, homeowners decide to replace their kitchen countertops every 10 years or so. Unfortunately this also means that many people end up living with generic Formica counters for much longer than they should! Fortunately there are lots of affordable materials from which to choose these days ” from concrete to quartz to natural stone ” so there’s no reason why your kitchen shouldn’t have a unique look and feel.
Installing New Cabinets and Appliances
If you’ve got the money to spare, this is a great time to splurge on sleek new kitchen cabinets and appliance packages that not only look good but also match the style of your whole home. This will be one of the biggest investments you make when remodeling your kitchen, so it’s important to pick products with lots of storage space for pots, pans, dishes and cooking utensils. There are hundreds of designs available these days, from classic white units with wooden shelves to sleek black appliances set in wood veneer cabinetry. Make sure they all go together before committing!
Finding the Right Contractor to Remodel My Kitchen
This is really where you need to pay attention to detail, as your contractor will be one of the most important people on your remodeling team. Get referrals from friends and family members who have recently had their kitchen remodeled. Make sure you get at least three bids for any major renovation project, whether it’s starting with a new design or remodeling an existing space. Always ask questions about how long the company has been in business. Even if they’re recommended by someone you know and trust! Be transparent with your potential contractors about what you want and how much money you’re willing to spend. Don’t just spring an idea on them without giving them the chance to point out any potential issues or flaws with your plan.