There is nothing more pleasant than beginning your kitchen remodeling project. You have dreamed about it for years, you have looked at many different kitchen styles, trendy tiles, and cabinets. Now that you have saved up the money, you are ready to proceed.
Everybody knows that giving your kitchen a facelift is an excellent way to add some value to your house. What you need to remember is that the more you save during these renovations, the more money you keep in your pocket. It is worth the little elbow grease involved and the sound decisions you will make.
Your first step is to have a plan. Ideally, you want to keep the big items where they are, so you do not have to mingle with plumbing and electricity. Working from this layout, start designing the kitchen of your dreams on paper. If you are not a visual-spatial person, check on line, there are many designing software available to help you, most of them for free. If you want to hire a professional designer, make sure you have the budget set aside for it. Their plans will be beautiful and will let you see what the finish product will look like.
Decide the types of cabinets and counter tops you want now, as you will need to order them early if you want to have everything on hand after you have gutted your old kitchen. It can easily take up to eight weeks to receive your cabinets once they are ordered, especially if you have many custom items. Will you go with drawers or pull outs? Granite or laminate?
These are all questions you must answer before you start taking apart the old cabinets. There are many choices available for cabinetry, so don’t settle for the first thing you see. Explore your local residential joinery to help you choose what is right for you. Make sure you have your floor covering selected as well as it will be the first thing to be installed.
A nice way to save money is to keep the old appliances, but if you have had enough of your noisy fridge and leaking dishwasher, there are ways to save big on new appliances. Buy them in the fall when merchants must make room for new lines. Check if you get a deal when you buy all the appliances from the same store. Take a minute to look at the ‘damaged’ section. Some appliances might have big discounts because of some minor scratches. This may take a few visits, but it will be worth it.
You are ready to start. Make sure you have an alternate, makeshift kitchen during the renovations, so you can save on restaurant bills. Gather some friend and take apart the old stuff. Once your kitchen is empty, have an electrician and a plumber go through to make sure everything is in order. Do you need to change the windows? Now is the perfect time.
Take the time to check that your floor is leveled before you install the new covering. For tiles, you may want to add a concrete board that helps with stability and will prevent the tiles from cracking. Begin assembling your cabinets or have the specialist install them for you. The process is not difficult, but requires two people. Once this step is done, you simply need to put on your new counter tops and roll in your appliances.
This is it! You have done it! Your new kitchen is ready to be used! Enjoy it.