Seven Things You Should Know About The Renovation Process
Does the thought of people seeing your kitchen make you cringe? Is the hardware outdated or missing? Is your take-out bill eclipsing your mortgage because you dread using your kitchen? If this sounds like you, maybe it’s time to consider a kitchen renovation.
Any home improvement project can be intimidating, but with the right kitchen designer, it doesn’t have to be. Before you begin remodeling your kitchen, here are seven things you should know about the renovation process.
1. Consult with a Kitchen Contractor
Consulting a qualified kitchen contractor is always a great place to start. A contractor that specializes in kitchens will have the expertise to maximize space and create a efficient floor plan to suit your needs. Having an expert that you can rely on will help reduce the stress of your kitchen renovation.
2. Choose the appropriate Kitchen Design
Part of the consult with a kitchen contractor will determine your wants and needs. Share all your pinterest finds, magazine clippings or other photos you’ve taken to give them an idea of your taste. Things you will want to consider in the design phase are your cooking style, whether you are left or right handed, the need for accessibility for height or disability, and even if you have pets. Will the kitchen you dreams of work with the available plumbing and will it fit your budget? A good contractor will also tell you whether the design will be functional or appropriate in 10 years. You will need to decide if the style still suit your family in 10 years and if you still love it then, or is it trendy now?
3. Be Prepared for the Unknown.
Although your contractor is an expert, he can’t see through walls or into the future. You never know what is hiding behind those walls, so budget and prepare yourself that for the unknown. During the demolition, you could find unforeseen issues that will need to be dealt with like old wiring, wood rot under the sink or dishwasher due to old plumbing leaks, or worst case scenario; asbestos.
4. Scheduling Kitchen Renovation Tasks
Just like any project, it makes sense to know the start date, approximately how long each stage of the renovation process will take and when the expected completion date is to ensure that everyone is on task.
5. Temporary Living Space
While it would be ideal to renovate in an empty house, for most clients, the renovation is done in the home they live in. Essentially, a construction crew will be in your home from the minute we start until we finish. That means your kitchen, and possibly main floor, will become a temporary worksite. You won’t want to be in it. Other than needing a temporary kitchen, if your TV room is next to the kitchen, you might want to consider relocating to another area of the house if possible.
6 Storage Space
Of course your kitchen designer is going to maximize the storage space in your kitchen, but while it’s being built, where will everything go? In preparation for the kitchen demolition and remodelling, your table, microwave, water cooler, and everything else in your kitchen will need to be stored out of the way to avoid damage.
7. Kitchen Appliances
While a reno is the perfect time for new appliances, they can be an expensive upgrade! Do you go new or use what you currently have? What kitchen items need to be replaced and what can be set aside for further use.
We have been through 100’s of kitchen renovations and have seen literally everything. Our job is to help you get through your home renovation on time and on budget. If you have any questions about regarding remodeling costs or time to renovate, feel free to contact us, we are here to take care of you and set your mind at ease.
Handcrafted Kitchens is a Brantford kitchen renovation company servicing Brantford, Brant County and surrounding area.