desperately needs a makeover. In fact, you are having
nightmares about strangers barging into your home
and telling you in no uncertain terms: "This
kitchen looks awful!" So where do you begin?
Step 1) Unless you
have a definite picture of the kind of kitchen you
want, start looking at pictures of different kitchen
styles and save the ones you like on your computer.
After you have accumulated about 20 images, go back
and eliminate the ones you don't really "love".
Do this a few times until you have that one kitchen
picture you want to use as a template for your newly
Step 2) Think about
how your kitchen is used, i.e., how often do you
cook there, how many people regularly gather in
the kitchen, would you benefit from having a bar
installed? How about a kitchen island? Do you want
to keep your old appliances or invest in modern,
state of the art flat ranges or energy-saving refrigerators?
Step 3) Find an
established and reputable kitchen remodeling agency
to help you select materials, determine optimal
dimensions to facilitate kitchen functionality and
work out any problems that may arise before, during
and after the project. Expert kitchen renovators
also provide inside knowledge concerning permits,
contracts, ordering materials and budgeting your
project so you get the best results for the amount
you have to spend.
Step 4) Meet with
your renovators to discuss floor plans, cabinet
sizes and the general layout of the kitchen you
want. Although you are probably excited about what
the finished kitchen will look like, try to stay
focused on the planning aspect, which fundamentally
determines the final appearance of your kitchen.
Step 5) Choose the
components of your kitchen. These include cabinet
design, sink fixtures, light fixtures, color and
style of flooring and countertop material. This
step may take you several days but don't rush through
it--what you order and have installed is what you
will end up with for a long time!
Step 6) Finalize
schematics with your renovators and organize any
paperwork you may need completed before actually
beginning the remodeling process.
Step 7) Are you
planning to remain in your home during the reconstruction
process? If so, prepare ahead of time for dining
out, grilling on the patio (if it is summer) or
living somewhere else temporarily to avoid the noise
and chaos altogether. Also, be aware that family
members with dust allergies may not be able to reside
in the home during remodeling.
Step 8) Stop in
and see how your kitchen is progressing each day.
Stay in touch with contractors to ensure everything
is progressing smoothly and don't be afraid to ask
Step 9) A day or
two before your new kitchen is finished, consult
with everyone involved with the project to ask if
there are any unexpected problems or if there is
anything you need to know about the kitchen that
may have turned out slightly different from the
original schematics. Sometimes a cabinet corner
or appliance may not fit exactly as planned and
contractors may have to readjust dimensions and
materials to create the seamless appearance everyone
Step 10) The mess
is cleaned up, the remodeling is finished--now enjoy
your brand new kitchen!