With the ever-new home decor ideas in the market, one feels the need to upgrade the home interiors as per the current trend. If not the whole house then specific areas are under work in progress. If you have decided to remodel your kitchen, and you have no idea from where to start, then this article is a necessary read for you.
Some homeowners collect inspiring kitchen photos and hire professionals to do the job, while others who do not have the budget to hire any interior professional; they can seek help from this reading.
After you have decided to remodel your kitchen and give yourself a go-ahead green light. Let us start with the remodeling steps that are imperative to your new kitchen design.
Things You Need in Your Kitchen Remodel
The first thing is to figure out how you use your kitchen and find out the layout as well as features that perfectly fit your household’s lifestyle.
List down your priorities and ask yourself few questions such as how many persons will be cooking here, how they will move around in the specified space, and can you work with your existing kitchen footprint or you need an addition.
It is advisable to start saving photos of kitchen with features that suit your kitchen style. Your collection can be beautiful and organized like a scrapbook or it can be filled with unorganized images. You can always randomly stuff image into your idea book, and go back to them later for edits.
Research & Plan
The best place to start your work is by identifying the scope of your work and figuring out your preliminary budget. Both of these may subject to vary, so do not feel as though you have only one chance at this.
The scope of your work, as well as your budget, is intertwined and often changes many times during the kitchen design process.
With experience and education, you are able to reconcile what you want, and what you can afford. Many homeowners do not know what everything should cost. Nevertheless, that is okay. Remember! This is an educational process, and you learn by try.
Hire the Professionals You Will Need
It is always good to hire a professional for at some point unless you are building your own kitchen cabinets as well as doing your own plumbing and electrical wiring.
Therefore, some homeowners start their kitchen remodeling by hiring an interior designer or an architect while others might work on their own with the help of a contractor or a builder.
However, there is a benefit available to you with everything starting from contracts to space planning, budgets, furniture, ordering products and managing your projects from start to finish.
Settle on Schematic Design
The schematic design includes space planning, sketches, initial floor plans, or elevation showing the cabinet sizes and layout. It is good to be more focused on layout and space planning rather than on the outer look of the kitchen. Added, you need a plan to finalize materials selection.
Besides this, you need to finalize how many square feet you will need, and ultimately how much it will cost. It is always good to start the contractor interview process early and give them an initial drawing packet to get some ballpark construction numbers.
However, at the same time, you can send out drawings for estimates to some top choices of kitchen finishes and fixtures.
Specify Fixtures & Finishes
The moment you have thought about the remodeling of the kitchen, you have started saving photos of kitchens you liked a lot. You must know the kind of kitchen you want.
It is either the modern kitchen, classic, or white kitchen, wooden kitchen or traditional kitchen. However, you need to make your final selection of finishes and fixtures that includes:
- Cabinet construction type, color, finishes or door style
- Kitchen sinks
- Kitchen faucets
- Light fixtures
- Decorative hardware and others
Work on Construction Documents & Design Development
At this stage, you finalize the design of your kitchen and prepare final floor plans that include details of every single corner coupled with mechanical and electrical drawings.
Moreover, it also includes lightning, switch plans, as well as exterior elevations. Precisely, if we say that this is your final permit set and construction drawings come into play will not be false.
It is important to finalize your finishes and fixtures at this point, as it will be considered in the final pricing from the contractor side. It is advisable that you submit drawings for permits.
For the smooth execution of the project, you need to hire an architect, home interior, or licensed contractor who will sign up to finalize the paperwork, and pick up your permits.
Get Contractor Estimates
It is advisable to hire a licensed contractor to carry the project through if you do not have a licensed contractor on your project. It is in your best interest to get an estimate from three different contractors to know the average price for the work done in the market before finalizing the things.
So that you should know that if you are on the right track or need to pull back some to fit the budget.
Prepare for Demo
Ahead of the remodeling, it is advisable to set up a temporary kitchen. Moreover, clear the cabinets and sort out the important things, and leave the junk. While living in the same place, it is very important to prepare and organize so that you can save your sanity. Discuss the logistic plan ahead of the time with your contractor, if you are hiring anyone. Discuss in detail about the home tasks, dust and debris removal. If your family has any specific allergy issues from dust. Henceforth, it is very important to get all this on the table beforehand, and set expectations and make for a smooth ride.
Get Though the Punch List
There is a list of items that are forgotten, wrong or at times missing, once the construction is over or almost over. However, this punch list as the name suggests include all small things such as missing light, pulled away from the wall or paint, or switch plate, and other small touch-ups. Sometimes, this list is inclusive of some bigger things such as faulty range hood or a big scratch on the newly furnished floor.
At times, the homeowner prepares the complete punch list. It can be an informal one like on a notepad or an organized list sent through an email to the contractor.
Tell him to do the final touches, fixed the flaws and correct the items that are wronged in this process, and gave you the approved version of your project. It is inevitable for the contractor to visit the construction site repeatedly, and supervise the work. If there are any issues pertaining to the quality of the work, then resolve them.
Moreover, prepare yourself to supervise the work as well, as labor might overlook the tiny details at times. Then, it becomes your responsibility to check things thoroughly, especially if the contractor is not present. The best way to approach this situation is with a Zen attitude, which means that things happen and, little things are missed. There is no need to worry; everyone can forget some key ingredients. However, as long you can rectify your mistakes it is all good.