Are you now very excited to give your old and outdated kitchen a new look? Do you really want it now? Slow down, and don’t make the calls yet. Before hiring a professional, it is highly advisable to do some research first.
It may sound funny, but although planning is and should be the first step in any project, it sometimes is the phase that is ignored. So in order to have a well planned project before putting it into works, here are 5 tips I can share for you.
1. CREATE A STYLE BOOK
If it’s kitchen remodeling you are planning, then it is more likely that you’ve already browsed through design magazines, kitchen make over TV shows, or the ever growing sources found in the internet. And if you did, you’re actually doing the right thing. Ans to make it more useful, I would highly suggest that you collect the photos or have them printed (if online) and keep them in one folder, notebook, or brochure type envelopes. As much as possible also, make notes and write them in the photos to see what you liked about the design and the changes that you would like to have.
Making a style book not only allows you to compile several great ideas in one book, but it also help you decide what you really like and have a bit of a vision n how it’s going to look like when combined. Better imagination leads to better planning.
2. DEFINE YOUR GOAL
If there’s one thing you should be clear of, it’s your goals.
There is an obvious reason why you want your kitchen to be remodeled, so ask yourself what it is, and work your goals towards it. It may be to increase your house value for future resale, for expansion and making it a more functional room for socializing, or to make it more spacious allowing several people to cook at once. Whatever it is, make sure to take note of what your specific wants are and put it in a sentence. Make a goal, and a clear one.
3. CREATE A BUDGET
In order to have an idea as to how much you’re going to need and spend on your proposed kitchen remodeling project, you will need to move some numbers and do the math. Do some research about the materials you prefer to use, the cost of labor, and all other expenses that you may be having. Plus, always give a safe allowance in pricing. One secret is to always round of to a higher price.
4. SET A TIME BUDGET
Besides money, you also have to set a time budget. You have to set a time frame for when a certain task has to be done, or a deadline per se. This can help bring efficiency in the workplace and allows you to see which work needs to be a priority.
5. BE REALISTIC WITH YOUR EXPECTATIONS
And probably the most important tip before starting your kitchen remodeling project….. Be realistic with your expectations.
Put in mind your budget, the size of your home, you current situations, and other realities that are involved with the project. As much as possible, talk to your family, or who ever you are sharing your homes, and discuss with them the possible changes that may happen, the amount of mess, the time frame of the whole project, and the amount of sacrifice everyone has to share. At the end of the day, it will all make your decisions clearer and planning will run smoothly.