From S. Kim on October 13th, 2009 in Kitchen Remodel
Like a real estate agent will tell you when you’re looking for a house, the three most important things are location, location, location. So it is with the renovation of a kitchen… the three most important things are planning, planning, planning. It’s not that the cabinets and countertops are insignificant, but without a good plan to hand over to your contractor, the kitchen remodel may unravel along with your nerves.
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Here’s a checklist to plan for those speed bumps along the way:
- Plan the Budget: How much do you want to spend? How much can you afford to spend? Plan for the unforeseen costs that usually come with extensive remodels.
- Plan the Plan: Either hire a kitchen planner or architect to help, go online and work up your own design, or find some pictures in magazines and kitchen books to get started.
- Think function over frou-frou.
- Remember the “work triangle,” the placement for easy access of the refrigerator, range and sink.
- Decide if you have or want one of these basic kitchen shapes: L shape, Island, U shape or Galley. Figure that into the final plan.
- Think resale value if that is a possibility in the future.
- Plan the Contractor: It’s a good idea to find someone by word-of-mouth and then still check them out carefully, calling other references and asking to see prior work. If that doesn’t pan out, you can use a free public service like CalFinder to locate a reputable contractor.
- Plan the Details: Every single aspect of the kitchen has to be decided, right down to the hinges and the color inside the drawers. Begin by making these decisions first.