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Tips for Renovating Your Kitchen So you’re all set to renovate your kitchen. Like many other homeowners out there, you may not know exactly where to start. Some look around for appliances. Others collect beautiful kitchen photos for inspiration. Some decide more space is necessary. Others just want upgrade the look of their current kitchen. Regardless, the following must be considered before the work begins: What You Need
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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 Your Preliminary Budget
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With a clear picture of the scope of work in mind, it’s time to start planning your budget. Budget and scope go hand in hand and typically change as you become more informed and able to reconcile your plans and your resources. Finding the Right Professionals Even if your plan is to DIY, you will have to work with a professional at certain points during the project. Approach clerks at big box stores and showrooms and ask for referrals. Ask your friends, coworkers, and neighbors as well. If this is not possible for some reason, read online reviews and consumer websites. Schematic Design This is when you create a plan, including the room’s layout, space planning, and the rest. You also need determine what materials you will use, how much will be necessary, and the corresponding costs. It’s also a good idea to send out drawings to get estimates on finishes and fixtures. Design Development and Construction Documents Here, you finalize your design and get ready with your final details. Also, your final permit set or Construction Drawings (CDs) come into play at this time. Getting Contractor Estimates If you still have no licensed contractor on board for your project, you clearly have to look for one. It’s best to work with at least 3 different contractor estimates so you can make comparisons. 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 At the end … or near end… of construction, there’s always that little list of things 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 make several visits to your home to get these items done once and for all. It’s just part of the equation.