There is no question that if you are going to go to the trouble of completing a kitchen remodeling project, you want it to look as fantastic as possible. That said, many people do not know what steps they should take to achieve that goal. Keep reading to learn about some of the most important tips to follow for the best outcome and then contact Cabinet Magic at 800-828-4380 for cabinet refacing and other custom cabinet needs.
Do Not Skip Over the Planning Phase
You should absolutely take your time when you are planning your remodel. If you take your time and plan well, then you can minimize the chance that something unexpected will go wrong – and you’ll be more likely to stay on budget. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, you should spend at least six months in the planning phase.
Pay Attention to Your Current Kitchen
When a homeowner starts fantasizing about their dream kitchen, they too often forget to take their current kitchen into consideration. Yes, you might want an extra-large fridge, but what will you have to give up to make room for it? Or can you even get it through the doorway? You should measure your kitchen entirely, from doors to walkways.
Think About Ergonomics
Of course, your kitchen is not just for looks – you will be using it. Think about how you will utilize it while you are designing it. For example, you can add drawers or pull out shelves in your base cabinet, and add additions that allow you to change the height of your counter by adjusting them up or down.
Plan for Surprises
You cannot predict the future or know for sure how close your final result will be to what you had planned, but you can plan for surprises. Keep some money in your budget for unexpected costs that come up. Try to pad your budget where you can so that if something does come up, you will have extra cash. Likewise, if there is a certain day that it needs to be completed, make sure to have it planned well before then.
Choose Fixtures and Hardware Before You Get Started
One way you can easily go over budget and end up not completed on time is to wait to choose fixtures and/or hardware until the work is underway. These are often seen as small expenses to homeowners but end up costing much more than they think.
Of course, the best advice is to work with an experienced contractor like Cabinet Magic who can help you get the job done on time and on budget. Call us at 800-828-4380 to learn more.