It’s exciting and daunting when you start down the road of a remodel, especially when it’s your kitchen. Since the kitchen acts as the central hub of the household, it’s a challenge when it’s out of commission. This article helps you to create a plan to get you started.
What do you want?
Have a family meeting, discuss and decide what you do not like about your current kitchen. I would suggest having a separate notebook or folder where you keep your kitchen remodel documentation.
Ask yourself and all family members what they think they need in the kitchen, and be sure to document this information. The next step is to prioritize the order of the items you do not like. If you need direction, HGTV offers worksheets you can print out: How do you use your kitchen? and What are your kitchen goals?
Next, determine what style you want in your kitchen. The number of products and colors can be intimidating so you will want to be prepared with ideas and a plan when you talk with a contractor. Save ideas and pictures in an IdeaBook on Houzz of all the features that you want in a kitchen. Determine your timeline. Custom kitchen cabinets can take three months or more to get to you; prebuilt cabinets may take up to six weeks.
What is your favorite kitchen style?
In my experience, this is where people seem to get bogged down in the process. If you have ever walked into a kitchen store, you are overwhelmed by the choices, unsure how to pull it together. Go through these photos to get an idea of things you like, and reach out to me for a consultation to help you pick the right elements. Making the right choices can save you money and aggravation. Keep on the latest kitchens trends as detailed in my last post, “2018 Kitchen Trends.”
Create a Budget
The hardest part is matching what you want with your budget, that’s why it’s important to sit down and create a list of what you want from your kitchen. The types of remodels that involve changing plumbing, adding new electrical wiring, structural changes all mean higher costs. Understanding the cost of items will give you some idea of the overall project scope. According to HomeAdvisor, the basic rule is that a remodel should cost no less than 5% of the home’s value and no more than 15%.
Breakdown of the budget by Home Advisor and the National Kitchen & Bath Association:
- Cabinets 30%
- Countertop 10%
- Flooring 2-7%
- Appliances 14%
- Plumbing – keeping the pipes intact 4-5%
- Electrical 5%
- Generally, labor is 20-35% of your budget. That tells you if you can do it yourself, try to. Always save a portion of your budget toward the things that will bring you the most joy.
To find a Kitchen Remodel Contractor you can use the Find a Pro feature in Houzz, and they will contact you. Another idea is to reach out to your neighborhood on Facebook and ask if they would recommend a contractor or ask your friends.
Next week I will offer some ideas as to how you can survive a kitchen remodel. If you need help picking the palette of your kitchen walls, cabinets, backsplash, countertop, and flooring colors give me a call 610.955.8202 or email for a consultation!
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. Featured photo from Houzz: Right Arm Construction.