If you are considering remodeling your kitchen, that can be really exciting! Perhaps you have been inspired by a photograph in a magazine or online, or maybe you are just tired of bending over to the dishwasher, and want an upgraded, more convenient experience when performing kitchen chores.
Whatever your motivation, the more that you plan for its success, the more successful it will be, and the more satisfied you will be with the result. Here are some suggestions for steps to take before diving in:
Solidify the kitchen remodel in your mind. If you have a photograph of what you want it to look like, then by all means put the photo in your file, and keep it handy; but a general idea like that isn't enough. Make a sketch of your kitchen, or better yet, drag out the tape measure and spend an hour or so making your sketch exact for the purposes of estimating costs for appliances, paint, tile, and flooring.
How much do you want to spend? The costs of remodeling vary widely, and hiring a contractor can be pricey, but ask yourself what the costs of not hiring a professional are. You could be risking your life if you move an electrical outlet in error, and a weak carpentry effort could make it more difficult to sell your house in a few years. Consult a family member or trusted friend for a second opinion on whether or not you have the skills to do this yourself. And consult your area's building codes to make sure that your work won't cloud the title to your home. Any job that entails moving an outlet or re-arranging plumbing or accessing the roof in any way needs a professional. As an added bonus, a professional will know when a building permit is required. He or she will know what materials work well together, will know where to go for the best pricing, and will be accountable if you have related problems after the job is done.
Be sure to contract services locally. Each region of the country has its own challenges with the weather, and a local company or service person will know the challenges associated with your area better than an online supplier who isn't tied to local conditions. If you live in Bethesda, MD, you need advice and service from someone who has experience dealing with the humidity and temperatures of that specific climate. The construction and maintenance of your home is tied to your health as well as your property value, as demonstrated by The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Healthy Homes.
Be sure to include "design" in the skill set of the first person that you talk to regarding your new venture. Design is more than coordinating colors, although that is a vital area of concern. Design is also important to the function of a good kitchen. Exactly how high do you want the raised dishwasher to be? Are there repair issues with this placement that you should be aware of? Is access maximized, or is there an aspect of the newer appliance that you had not considered? Are there other issues of aging in the home that you hadn't thought of?
So now you have a file folder with a picture of your dream kitchen, and a sketch of the actual measurements of your kitchen. You have an idea of how much you want to spend, and you are confident that you are on the right track to a truly great new kitchen, tailor-made to your requirements.
Contact us to help you from here. We can bring your design to life. We will schedule the hours that are most convenient for you, and produce the results that you desire in a timely manner with minimal disruption to your lifestyle.