Stage One of the Kitchen Remodel- Planning Your Kitchen Design
When it comes to your kitchen remodel, you must start out with a plan. This plan should include where your appliances will be located, how your cabinets will open all the way down to the smallest things like where your spices will be located and the type of kitchen knobs you want.
You can save time and money by using your existing kitchen configuration. By keeping your plumbing and electrical in the same place, you will not have the expense of hiring a plumber and an electrician. Additionally, leaving your kitchen configuration will prevent your existing walls from being moved, which will save you a mess as well as keeping your budget down.
If possible, it is best to hire a certified kitchen designer or architect for your kitchen remodel. You can expect to pay approximately 10 percent of the cost of the project for a designer; however, they will save you time, money and a lot of headaches. Additionally, they may have suggestions that you had not thought of.
If you cannot afford a kitchen architect or designer, visit your local home improvement store. For a small fee, they can help you create the perfect kitchen design for your home. One caveat- you will need to purchase your appliances, cabinets and countertops from the home improvement store.
Stage Two of the Kitchen Remodel- Ordering Your Kitchen Cabinets, Lighting Fixtures and Appliances
Kitchen appliances and cabinets are the two largest investments when completing a kitchen remodeling project. If your kitchen remodel will be done in stages and you have an area to store them, such as a garage or spare room, you can order them at any time during your kitchen remodel.
Delivery of your cabinets and appliances can take up to six weeks, so you want to ensure you order them so they arrive and are available when you are ready to install them. If your budget does not allow you to purchase new appliances, design your cabinets around the measurements of the appliances you plan to purchase in the future.
You can save money by reusing your same lighting. They can easily be replaced in the future. If you are planning to change your flooring out in the future, you may need to make adjustments to the height of your new cabinets. Hardwood flooring or tiles are thicker than vinyl or linoleum. If you plan on installing thicker flooring, shim your cabinets to allow for the difference in height.
Kitchen remodels do not have to cost a fortune. Simple changes, such as installing, countertops, miracle diy shelves or flooring, choosing a new paint color for your walls or buying new appliance can update your kitchen.