Have you heard of the nightmare stories people share about their designer kitchen remodel experiences? There are many things that can go wrong with such a project as it is complex and requires professional assistance.
However, at the beginning of any such renovation, you should know that it is worth it. The kitchen is undoubtedly the most important room in any home. People call it the ‘social hub of the family’ for good reason: everyone visits it daily. As for seeing the successful completion of a kitchen renovation project, you need to follow a strict 4-phase plan:
Find the Right Contractors – If kitchen remodeling is at the top of your wish list, you may want to hire the best professionals for the job. Probably the best place to start your search for a contractor to get the job done is by personal recommendation. Ask your friends and family if they know this person they have hired in the past. Don’t forget to check the credibility and reputation of the contractor, because at the end of the day they are only as good as the last project they worked on. Check out your work with previous clients and be sure to discuss every little detail with them before you give them the green light; after all, it is your custom kitchen.
Design Planning: If you are working with an experienced planner, this will let you know all the secrets on how to maximize storage space, high-end materials, and necessary features. However, you must ensure that you provide the contractor with an accurate representation of your current kitchen. Additionally, you should make a detailed wish list, stating your storage needs, style, and must-haves. Whatever you do, don’t forget to consider the usefulness of your kitchen triangle: the connection that is established between the refrigerator, the sink and the stove.
Cut Costs – It’s easy to get carried away with your custom kitchen design and end up spending a third of your property’s value on this project alone. Before starting your project, you can think about whether what you have at the moment is good enough, that is, it does not need a total renovation. In terms of home appliances, you should pay more attention to the heat output of your stove burner, energy efficiency, ease of operation, safety, and ease of cleaning.
Avoid mistakes: Like any big project, kitchen renovation can take a wrong turn here and there. That’s especially the case if you decide to be your own general contractor or hire the wrong person for the job. Make sure you have the project specifications listed before submitting the project. It doesn’t do anyone any good if you start to change your mind in the middle of the project. You should definitely dedicate some time and attention to the project so it doesn’t turn into a disaster.
Getting a designer kitchen is surely wonderful, but you need to follow these steps to make sure the job is done right.