Getting Started

Cheryl Suggests

a beginning process for a successful kitchen project ...

  •  analyze your lifestyle and the role your kitchen plays .
  • assess your kitchen-what do you like, what would you like to change?
  • prepare a realistic budget.
  • gather information from magazines and books,­ organize the pictures and samples in  files.
  • choose an overall style country, traditional, high-tech; find magazine pictures.
  • list important items to be stored.
  • learn about quality and its relation to value-choose a level of quality for you; then prioritize.
  • decide what is essential; what you can live without.
  • narrow your choices on cabinets, appliances and  materials and always have  alternatives  in mind.

Thorough preparation makes the process proceed smoothly, reducing construction time and saving money. Here are some steps to follow:

Preparing for a Kitchen Remodel

  • Understand why you are remodeling and what investment you are prepared to make. Remodeled kitchens add value to your home.  Determine whether your planned kitchen remodel will overprice your home for the neighborhood when it’s time to sell.
  • Interview design professionals, review samples of their work, and check their references to be sure they can perform to your expectations .
  • A signed contract clarifies the process and protects your rights.
  • Hire a Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) who has specific education and testing in the field of kitchen design.
  • Work with your chosen designer to develop a complete plan. Include your product selections in the planning.
  • Visualize using your new kitchen . Take time to plan where you will store your food, dishes, cooking equipment, etc. in your new space. Ask questions if you’re uncomfortable with your plan.
  • When you’re interviewing contractors, ask specific questions about how each one works.  Make sure that you can communicate with them and they listen to you.
  • Choose a contractor whose license is active with no complaints filed against them. Your contract should state exactly what is included in the project and what is to be completed before each payment.
  • To avoid delays, order all materials and have them on hand before any demolition.
  • Set up a temporary kitchen (refrigerator, microwave, and sink) in are alternate location-perhaps the garage, family room, or outside­ so you can prepare simple meals during construction . Include going out to dinner in your total remodeling budget.
  • Be flexible and understand that even with much preparation, surprises will happen during your remodel.

Kitchens are the center of the home, and remodeling this essential space can be stressful. Planning ahead removes much of the stress so you can actually enjoy the transformation as it occurs. Control the process and celebrate in the kitchen of your dreams.