Remodeling a room in your home can be a daunting task, especially if this room is often used. Remodeling a kitchen falls into this category, but don’t give up on your dream of having a luxury kitchen just yet. If you break it down into smaller pieces, the major remodel will seem less intimidating. Here are a few tips to make your remodel feel manageable.
Design the Layout
The first thing you’ll want to do when remodeling your kitchen is to plan out where everything will fit spatially. Meeting with a builder or architect can help plan out where the major appliances will fit, what hookups will need to go where, and how counters, islands, and pantries will fit in between.
Take Inventory of Your Items
This step doesn’t have to be exact, but having a good idea of how many dishes you have, silverware, pots & pans, and anything else found in the kitchen will help you design your cabinet space for a customized area. It will also help you clear the clutter and make room for new, updated items.
Your next step will be to pick out your major appliances like the refrigerator, stove, oven, dishwasher, etc. These are going to be the heart of your kitchen you’ll want to have these picked out to build around from the start.
Pick Out Finishes
Now that you have your appliances picked out, you can choose your finishes to match. Items like tile, hardware, countertops, lighting fixtures, and plumbing fixtures all should be picked out before you begin the work. Depending on where you choose your items from, you could have them that same day, or you may have to wait a few weeks before they ship to you.
Have a Temporary Kitchen
Set up your small appliances such as a coffee maker and a toaster in another room. You’ll thank yourself later when you’re not able to access the kitchen but are in need of a caffeine fix. Having a set of dishes and silverware handy will also be helpful.
Let the Experts Do the Rest
Fight the temptation to micromanage your remodel. You spent the time researching a great contractor, now take a step back and allow them to do what they do best. If you have questions, contractors are more than happy to answer them but try your best not to hover over the job site.