Americans are pouring more time and money into their homes in 2018, increasing the value and comfort of the places they live. If you're one of them, you're looking forward to how remodeling can truly change your life, especially in the kitchen. However, if you've never been through the process of redesigning a kitchen, then having it taken apart, bit by bit, you're probably a little bit nervous about your upcoming remodel. While a kitchen remodel is a major project, it can proceed much smoother and ultimately be more successful if you have a good plan for how things should move along.
1. Create Your Ideal Kitchen On Paper
Start by making a list of the things you want most in your new kitchen, whether it's an island with bar stools, smart home technology, or a certain decorative style. From the tiniest of features to the most elaborate designs, get it all out on paper and organize your thoughts. What's essential and what could you live without? What kind of budget are you going to set? Do you have any personal contacts for raw materials? Putting all this information into a central notebook will help you map out the big picture and take you from the idea stage to the next step and beyond.
Once your list is complete on paper, start playing around with home-design apps online. These tools (which are often free) are great at hammering out specific designs according to the space you have to work with. They'll also give you fairly accurate previews of what the finished kitchen will look like after remodeling, allowing you to see different color schemes, lighting and faucet fixtures, and cabinet designs. Give yourself plenty of time to complete this part of the kitchen remodeling process so you have a good grasp on what you want, including second and third choices, should that become necessary.
2. Call A Remodeling Contractor And Discuss Your Ideas
You don't need to make any major commitments if you're not ready to tear apart your existing kitchen just yet or if you're not sure which contractor you're going to hire. Call one up and tell them you'd like to discuss the different ideas you have, including how much time the process might take, a general estimate of costs, what kind of warranty the contractor offers on their work and materials, and how environmentally friendly their policies are, if that's something that's very important to you.
Have this same conversation with a few contractors, getting a feel for the different companies and comparing their answers. These interviews should give you enough information to decide who you'd like to speak with further.
3. Invite The Contractor(s) Over For A Professional Consultation
Have one or more of the contractors you speak with come to your home for a more in-depth consultation. Once they see your actual kitchen, they'll be able to offer you more specifics on design plausibility, estimated costs, and how long the redesign might take. Much of the preliminary information will be subject to change; however, what a contractor can and can't do with your specific kitchen should remain the same. Hopefully, your favorite designs and styles can be applied to the remodeling, at a cost you can absorb and within a time frame you can live with.
Be prepared, though, for changes being made to your original plans, as taking designs from paper to the real world can be challenging. Work with your preferred contractor though these hiccups, and you should produce some awesome blueprints of your future kitchen.
4. Ask The Contractor How To Prepare A Temporary Kitchen
One major headache you need to manage is how to keep yourself and family fed during the kitchen remodel. While the contractor is checking out your existing kitchen, show them to your garage, master bathroom, and laundry or utility rooms so they can give you ideas on running a temporary kitchen. This is the place where your meals will be prepared, food will be stored and dishes washed up; thus, it's excruciatingly important that you're able to plan the right place, with the right setup to do the jobs.
Your contractor could whip up a temporary kitchen with some of the cabinets they'll be removing for you, but the room, including a sink, must be prepared in advance. Start packing away your fine china now, along with other items that don't see regular use. Keep only the basic essentials on hand for the temporary kitchen, and rig some type of dish-washing arrangement so you'll be able to clean up after meals. A freezer in the garage or basement could serve as the central building block of your temporary arrangement, but all of these important details need to be accounted for long before construction starts.
5. Let The Magic Begin
Eventually you, your home, and the contractors will be ready to begin deconstructing and reconstructing your kitchen. Once you reach that point, your life may temporarily turn into a dusty whirlwind, with strange people in hard hats wandering your property and large trucks coming and going. It will be an exciting, albeit somewhat hectic, time, but if you're prepared, the days should flow seamlessly from one part of the remodel to another.
If you're remodeling in the warmer months, plan on barbecues and outdoor meals. Also, call on friends to either have your family over for a few meals or to let you borrow their kitchens to prepare your own. Once your new, fabulous kitchen is complete, they'll be clamoring to use it, so bribe them with invites, if necessary. Of course, once they see your new kitchen, they might hire a contractor themselves to get the same amazing metamorphosis in their own, meaning you'll be repaying the favor of the borrowed kitchen and community meals.
Remodeling any room in a house can be quite a project, but having a plan will help it go smoothly. Keep control over what you can and be ready for a few surprises along the way. Once all is said and done and you're sitting pretty in your fabulous new kitchen, you're not going to have any regrets.
Contact a company like Wolf Exteriors & Remodeling to learn more.