How To Start A Kitchen Remodel
It’s finally time to begin that kitchen remodeling project, but where do you start? It’s easy to feel lost without a plan. Here are a few ways to cut down on stress before you take a hammer to that old backsplash:
- Collect pictures of kitchens you like – If you’ve been thinking about this remodel for awhile, you probably already have several pictures of kitchens saved. If not, take some time to browse online or in magazines to figure out what style suits you and your kitchen. If you plan on hiring a designer, this can help them better meet your expectations.
- Figure out your needs – What do you do in your kitchen? Are you the primary chef or does someone else do most of the cooking? Do you have enough space? Would an island make things easier or do you need more room for a long dining set? Now is the time to make a list of all your wants and make sure they’re really needed in your new kitchen.
- Create a scope of work – You finally have the perfect vision for your kitchen – it’s time to get it down on paper. A scope of work often involves help from a professional, usually a contractor who may know more about the nitty-gritty details of remodeling. This step is all about writing down your master plan, everything from what you’re going to do to how much time it’s expected to take and what it’s projected to cost. It’s important to have a budget, and the scope of work will help you see how your numbers stack up against reality.
Once your scope is in place, it’s time to make an important decision. If a contractor helped create it, you can choose to work with that professional, or look to hire someone else who better suits your needs. Or, you can decide to go the DIY route. After you know who’s going to be doing the work, you can finally bust out the hammers and new cabinets and begin that long-awaited kitchen remodel!