You have decided to remodel your kitchen, but you do not know where to start. Now what? There are many homeowners that fall into two camps: some buy kitchen appliances first, others start collecting kitchen photos. There are some who decide that they need more room. There are also some who just upgrade their kitchen. Once you have pondered and you’re ready to have a kitchen-remodeling project, there are steps to consider to complete your kitchen workbook.
First step is to think about what you need. This step is all about how you use your kitchen, and finding the layout and features that fit your household’s lifestyle.You have to get ideas from every resource possible. Second step is to research and plan. The best place to start is by figuring out your preliminary budget. As a homeowner, you’re not expected to walk into this knowing what everything should cost. Remember, this is an educational process. Third step is to find the professionals that you will need. Many homeowners get referrals from friends or colleagues and start by hiring an architect or designer. Still others might work on their own with a builder or contractor. Pros are available to help you with everything from contracts and permits .Fourth step is to work on design development and construction documents. This is the stage where you finalize the design, and prepare floor plans, etc. Fifth step is to get contractor estimates. If you don’t already have a licensed contractor on your project, your next step is to find one to carry the project through.The last step is to survive the dreaded punch list. Once construction is over, well … almost over … there’s always this annoying little list of items that are missing, wrong, or simply forgotten about. Sometimes the homeowner does the punch list. It can be as informal as an emailed list of items that need to be fixed or finished.
It’s inevitable that the contractor may have to make multiple visits back to the house to finish these items; prepare yourself for more than one visit and you’ll be fine.The best way to approach this is with a Zen attitude. Things happen, little things get missed. It’s sort of like making a list for the grocery store and still forgetting some key ingredient. We all do it.
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