Is the flooring in your kitchen stained and cracked? Are
the countertops marred with burns and nicks? Is the floor
plan of your kitchen awkward and ill-designed? If so, it
is time to consider kitchen remodeling. Updating your
kitchen can enhance the value of your entire house, and
kitchen remodeling can be an exciting process that calls
upon your creativity. You may need a little bit of
patience as you live through the kitchen remodeling
process, but the end result will be a kitchen you love and
are proud to share with family and friends.
Kitchen remodeling runs the gamut from small upgrades, to
a full-scale luxury remodeling venture. Small upgrades
could include changing the hardware on your cabinets,
refacing the cabinets, or replacing them. Or perhaps you
might want to replace that scuffed floor, or resurface
your countertops. Such simple changes can make an enormous
difference in your space. However, a full-scale kitchen
remodel is going to result in the most satisfying changes
for your home.
Start your kitchen remodeling by making extensive notes
about what you want. Think about what works and doesn't
work in your current kitchen. Look through magazines or
scan the internet for kitchen remodeling ideas. You might
want to make a file of designs and products you like.
Don't hold back at this point-make a note of everything
you might want to include in your kitchen remodeling.
Next, draw up a budget. This is when you match your
beautiful ideas to what you can afford. You might be
surprised how much you can get for your money, or the
compromises you can make that will still afford you an
elegant, functional design. At this point, you may also
want to contract the services of a designer or space
planner. They can be enormously helpful with your kitchen
remodel, and point out products and design ideas that
might not have occurred to you.
One of the most important decisions you will make is
hiring a contractor, so take you time and do some
research. Visit home improvement stores or local
remodelers to get a feel for what kind of kitchen
remodeling projects they specialize in. Share your vision
with the professionals you are considering. Take the time
to check references. Pay attention to whether or not you
feel comfortable with the contractor. Does he or she
listen to your ideas and respect what you are creating? A
contractor-client relationship for a kitchen remodeling is
like a short-term marriage, so make certain yours will be
a happy one!
Finally, prepare yourself and your family for the
disruption that occurs with a kitchen remodeling project.
With advance planning, this can be minimized, but some is
inevitable. Discuss the time frame with your contractor
and share this information with your family, so everyone
is aware of how long the construction will take and what
to expect. In a very short time, all memories of any
uproar with the kitchen remodeling will be forgotten and
you'll be enjoying your new kitchen.