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Tips for Renovating Your Kitchen So you’ve finally decided to renovate your kitchen. Like many other homeowners out there, you may not know exactly where to start. Some check out appliances. Others gather kitchen photos to inspire them. Some decide they want to add room. Others just want give their current kitchen a facelift. Whatever is true to you, look into the following before proceeding: What You Need
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Hunt for ideas all around you – home design magazines, kitchen showrooms, the Internet, etc. How many people will be using the room? Cut out or save photos of kitchens that caught your eye. Preliminary Budget Planning
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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 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. Also ask your relatives, friends and coworkers. Otherwise, check out consumer websites and read reviews online. Schematic Design This is when you create a plan, including the room’s layout, space planning, and the rest. 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 phase is for the finalization of your design and preparation of the final details. Also, your final permit set or Construction Drawings (CDs) come into play at this time. Getting Contractor Estimates If you still don’t have a licensed contractor on board, do find one. Get a minimum of 3 different contractor estimates for comparison. Setting Schedules Put that schedule in order and plan on keeping things in storage, cleaning out the cabinets, and setting up a temporary kitchen if you intend to remain in the house during construction. Logistics must be covered in advance with your contractor. When all of these are laid out on the table before the work starts, you can set fair expectations and make the whole project run smoothly. The Punch List When construction is done, or almost done, there’s always that annoying little list of things that are wrong, missing or just forgotten about. A missing light switch plate, a caulk line that has shrunk, 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 formula.