Q. What are some steps we can take in planning our kitchen remodel?
A. Below are 5 easy steps to create your dream kitchen.
Step 1: Create a budget
Before seeking a contractor, it’s important to determine how much you’re willing to spend. Whether needing basic upgrades or a complete remodel, setting your budget will help to create a realistic plan from the start. There are a wide range of impactful updates to change the look of your space no matter what the price tag.
Step 2: Think about what you need (and what you want)
Take a step back and think about how you use the kitchen. Are you an avid baker who needs more counter space for rolling out confections? Do you like to make homemade pizza and the thought of a stone oven makes you drool? No matter what your dream space looks like, there’s one area that everyone should update – the kitchen faucet.
Because it sees so much use on a daily basis, think about ways to make tasks easier, like installing a new pull-down faucet. From preparing meals and washing dishes, to watering plants and filling pitchers, you’ll quickly notice the difference made by this simple update.
Step 3: Research and plan
Sources for ideas and inspiration are infinite – especially online. To visualize a few of the upgrades you’re considering – not to mention touch and feel them – visit a local kitchen showroom as they have a number of vignettes and “rooms” designed throughout. Magazine articles can also provide valuable information and design ideas. Just be sure to save any favorite ideas in one place, making everything easily accessible when it’s time to get started.
Step 4: Determine your approach
Will you hire a pro or do most of the work yourself? If you’re going to change the layout or remove walls in the kitchen, it’s best to work with a professional contractor. Rewiring electrical or adding new light sources are also jobs best left to a certified contractor. If you’re an avid DIYer, you may feel comfortable installing new cabinets, flooring and countertops. But there are certain projects, like the demo, painting and installation of a new faucet that anyone – and any skill level – can easily tackle.
Step 5: Get to work
With the perfect plan and a list of updates to incorporate, it will be simple to create your dream kitchen space.