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A Guide to Your Kitchen Remodeling Project So you’re all set to renovate your kitchen. Like most other homeowners out there, you may not know where to begin or how. Some look around for appliances. Others gather kitchen photos to inspire them. Some decide they want more space. Others just want upgrade the look of their current kitchen. In any case, consider the following before you proceed: Your Needs
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Hunt for ideas all around you – home design magazines, kitchen showrooms, the Internet, etc. How many people are expected to use the room? Look for pictures of kitchens you like and cut them out or save them. Planning a Preliminary Budget
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Once you have a clear picture of what you want in mind, you can start planning your budget based on the scope of work. Budget and scope go together and usually change from time to time during the design process as you learn more and understand how to make the project work within the limits of your resources. Finding the Right Pros Even if your plan is to DIY, you will have to work with a professional at certain points during the project. Check out showrooms and big box stores and ask the clerk for referrals. Also ask your relatives, friends and coworkers. Otherwise, scan online review websites and the like. Schematic Design This is the time to plan the space, the layout, cabinet sizes, and so on. Plus you need to decide what materials to use, how much you will need and what the costs will be. You can also get estimates on finishes and fixtures by sending out drawings. Design Development and Construction Documents This is when you finalize the design and prepare final details. This is also the time for your final permit set or Construction Drawings (CDs). Getting Contractor Estimates If you still don’t have a licensed contractor working on your project, you obviously need to find one to carry the project through. Get a minimum of 3 different contractor estimates for comparison. Setting Schedules Get that schedule in order and plan on cleaning out the cabinets, keeping what you don’t need, and, if you’ll be staying in the house during construction, putting up a temporary kitchen so you don’t lose your sanity! Logistics must be covered in advance with your contractor. With all of these on the table prior to the start of work, you can set rational expectations and make the project run hassle-free. The Punch List Once construction is done, or almost done, there’s always that small list of jobs that must be done. A shrinking caulk line, a light switch plate that is nowhere to be found, etc. Sometimes, your contractor will have to keep coming back to your home and get these things done for good. It’s just part of the equation.

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