Remodeling your kitchen can be as fun as it is nerve-racking. Whether you are simply replacing your cabinets with new custom cabinetry or you are planning a complete transformation, you can make the process go more smoothly by being prepared with some ideas before your initial consultation. We have compiled a few tips to make working with your contractor stress-free.
Before your initial consultation, you should already have a good idea of what you want to do with your kitchen. Gather some photos, either from magazines or from the Internet, of what you want your new kitchen to look like. Include cabinetry, countertops, flooring, fixtures, and color schemes. Note with each photo the elements you like and don’t like so your designer can customize a look for you based on your choices and your available space.
Having a wish list for your new kitchen does more than just get you excited; it will help you prioritize your needs. Organize your list by necessity first. For example, your cabinets are falling apart, but you can sand and re-stain your countertops. Cabinetry would be first on your list and counters lower down. List your must-haves first, then work your way down to the things you can live without for now. This will help you with your budgeting in the event some things need to be postponed for the project to stay in budget.
Setting a realistic budget will help you avoid having a disconnect between your plans and reality. Determine how much you are willing and able to invest in your home while remembering your project will add value to your home’s equity when complete. Having a firm number on what you are able to spend will help your contractor stretch every dollar to help you get what you want and your list of priorities will provide room for adjustments where needed.
Remember when remodeling your kitchen, there are alternatives to getting what you want. You can swap custom cabinets for pre-fabricated units, marble for stamped concrete, and so on. By having a picture of your desired kitchen in your mind, your consultant will find all the workarounds needed to give you precisely the look you want.