The Quick Guide to Kitchen Remodels
Remodeling a kitchen is a big endeavor (and a big investment). Here's our quick guide to kitchen remodels to make this process as easy as possible.
Step 1: Do Your Homework
You'll want to do a little research on the styles you like, features that are important to you, and how much these items may cost. Being realistic about the cost of materials, skilled installers, and other types of craftsmen and labor is key. Also think through the time it will take to complete your renovation and what your plans are while your kitchen is unusable.
Step 2: Set a Budget
You may have a certain number in mind already, which is a great! Check that number to make sure it will cover the cost of demo, removing materials, correcting any problem areas, and building out the new space with the finishes and appliances you select. Once you've double checked your figures, be sure to add an additional 10 - 20% to what you think you'll need for incidentals and unplanned expenses that may arise. Remember, a water leak or rotten floorboard probably aren't included in your initial estimate, but they have to be addressed.
Step 3: Think about your Wants and Needs
Let's be honest, the huge gourmet kitchens you see on tv are beautiful, but they're not exactly what you need in your home. Think about how you use your kitchen, and the features that would make it more functional and efficient for you. Make those items a priority, and leave the fancy gadgets at the store. I mean, do you really need a pot filler at your stove?
Step 4: Pick a Layout
When you're planning the layout, be sure to think about your space and how you use it - not what you see in someone else's home. Each space brings specific benefits and challenges to the drawing board. How many people are usually in the kitchen when meals are being prepared? Do you need a space for your kids to snack and work on homework while you cook? Do you host a lot of guests and want an island everyone can gather around? Figuring out how many work stations you need, where your sink, refrigerator, and stove will go (your classic work triangle), and other details will make other decisions easier as you start to pick additional features and finishes.
Step 5: Features and Finishes
This is the exciting part of kitchen renovations where the room really starts to come together. Start with an inspiration photo or color scheme, and build out what you'd like to do from there. Think about where you'll need electrical outlets, and features that you might want to add, like a pot filler, backsplash, ice maker, and more. Remember to focus on things that will make the space functional for you and your family, and don't get caught up on things that only solve one small problem, instead of great multi-tasking solutions that will make your life easier. When it comes to your finishes, you'll want to choose the highest quality you can afford within your budget, that will be durable and you will love. Don't jump on fly-by-night trends (I'm looking at your avocado green appliances), and stick with colors and finished you love that will stand the test of time.
Step 6: Hire Someone You Trust
Whether it's Dove or another company, make sure you ask around, get references, and find someone you can work with on your renovation that you can trust. Remember, you'll be working with them for a few months through the planning, demo and construction of your new kitchen, so being able to discuss issues that come up, talk through solutions, and keep an open line of communication is key when you're deciding who to entrust your kitchen to.