What to Know Before Starting a Kitchen Remodel

What to Know Before Starting a Kitchen Remodel

So you’ve made the decision to remodel your kitchen. While it was a big decision, now comes the real challenge as you determine where to begin. Planning a kitchen remodel can be challenging but not when you know where to begin. Some homeowners start the process with a single design element they adore like countertops, flooring, or appliances. Others look to the overall design style they prefer to get the kitchen remodel started. As they explore the options, some choose to do a full redesign while others only upgrade some elements during their remodel. It can be a long way from ideas to the successful completion of your dream kitchen, but these tips will help you get started by teaching you what you need to know before you begin! 

Setting Priorities

As you plan for your kitchen remodel, the first thing you must do is prioritize your needs versus your wants. Consider how many people use your kitchen as well as how many enjoy gathering there. Ask yourself if you need more room or a more user-friendly space. Contemplate your must haves for the new kitchen determining what you need with what you really want. If you aren’t certain, consider collecting photos and ideas of kitchens you like. Within your collection, you will soon find a pattern pointing to what you really want, and that is the point where you can move forward with your kitchen remodeling plan.

The Biggies – Your Scope and Budget 

With your ideas in hand, you are ready to go forward, but first you will need to determine the scope of the work needed as well as decide on your preliminary budget. Though it sounds challenging, the scope of work are the parameters of your kitchen remodel whether you are planning an upgrade, a completely new layout, or an addition. The scope of work is completely interlinked with your budget and it is important to know they may change more than once as the design process moves forward. 

The Professionals

Even if your goal for your kitchen remodel includes you doing some of the work, you’ll still want the guidance and assistance of professionals along the way. You may start with a designer, an architect, or a contractor, but you’ll likely need all three if the scope of your remodel is large. These kitchen experts can help you with everything from space planning to permits, budgets to contracts, finishes and fixtures, and everything in between to ensure you achieve a successful kitchen remodel. 

The Design 

With sketches, space planning, floor plans, layout, and more, the professionals will help you decide on the layout, the square footage needed, the materials, and their costs. When you have your preliminary plans in hand, you’ll then select finishes and fixtures to complement your personal style and your unique design including cabinetry, countertops, appliances, backsplash, flooring, sink and faucet, lighting, and hardware. 

Finalizing Your Plans

As your design and floor plans are completed, you’ll have all the information needed for the technical details (electrical, mechanical, etc.). Your contractor or architect will submit the drawings for the necessary local permits. Keeping in mind, timelines vary by locality, so good communication with your contractor can help you stay on time and on budget with the provision of estimated costs.

Start Your Kitchen Remodel

With all your plans and permits in place, a demo can begin, followed by the construction remodeling.  When nearly complete, you and your contractor will go over the punch list, ensuring any issues or problems are resolved. Tops Kitchen is ready to help you get the kitchen you’ve always dreamed of – reach out today and get your kitchen remodel started!


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