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7 Steps to a Successful Kitchen Remodel



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By : Carlos Regueira    99 or more times read
You have two choices when you remodel your kitchen. You can turn it into a dream or allow it to be a nightmare. With proper planning, you can be proactive about creating a dream kitchen remodel. Follow these seven steps as a guide to help you prepare, plan and install your new kitchen.


Step #1 Create a Picture of What You Want

Conjure up a picture of your dream kitchen in your head. Since choosing what you want is only figurative at this point, itís fine if you go a little crazy. Note the style of the cabinets and handles and the color of the walls and backsplash. Also, keep in mind the layout of the kitchen and if it may require the rearranging of walls, plumbing or other items.


Step #2 Set a Budget

Determine how much money you have to spend on the kitchen remodel. According to the Hanley Wood Remodeling magazine, an average kitchen remodel, with mid-grade cabinets and countertops is almost $21,000. The true cost of remodeling your kitchen can vary greatly, depending on the size of the kitchen, the materials you choose and the professionals you hire. Less expensive isnít always better, but determine the total amount you have to spend so you can allocate a portion of the budget to each aspect of the kitchen remodel.


Step #3 Match Your Wants with Your Budget

Shop and compare materials and labor so you can match your budget with actual cost. As you shop around, youíll be able to allocate numbers to the line items on your budget. For example, you may find that a prefabricated granite countertop is $600. Originally, you allocated $1,500 for buying the slab, so you can now reallocate the difference to pay for another item on your listóor save it!

In addition to materials, you also need to price the labor. Price kitchen installation companies and determine which parts of the remodel they handle. For example, some installers will take care of everything from the cabinets and countertops to the electricity and plumbing. Other companies solely handle the cabinets and countertops. Otherwise, you have to hire the other professionals yourself.


Step #4 Assemble Your Dream Team

Interview your kitchen installation team and choose team members according to skill, professionalism and experience rather than the cost alone. Verify licenses and insurance. Check references of past customers that have had their kitchens installed by the same company and professionals.


Step #5 Finalize Everything

While you had drawings of the new kitchen done to shop and compare materials and installers, now itís time to finalize everything. Work with your kitchen installers to complete the layout and choose the final materials for your cabinets, countertops, backsplash, sink, faucet, cabinet handles and any finishing details of the kitchen fixtures or dťcor.


Step #6 Pull the Permits

In most cities and counties, you are required to pull a permit for any work that you do on your home, including a kitchen remodel. Talk with the installation company or the individual contractors (plumber, electrician, cabinet and countertop) to determine if they pull the permits or if you have to pull the permits. Ultimately, as the homeowner, you are responsible for having the permits for the work.


Step #7 Just Remodel It

Once you have gone through the pre-planning and planning process, it is time to remodel the kitchen. Keep in mind that you will not have access to your kitchen during the remodel, so plan for food storage and preparation elsewhere.

Remodeling the kitchen in your home can be an exciting time. It can also be a complete nightmare if you do not properly plan. Take the necessary steps to make your kitchen remodeling experience as pleasant as it can possibly be, so itís a dream rather than a nightmare.
Versatile Flooring Inc. brings over 30 years of combined experience in providing quality floor installation and kitchen and bathroom remodeling to South Florida. We are dedicated to providing skilled work and superior customer service to each client we have the privilege of serving. Your house is your home and we enjoy creating floors, kitchens and bathrooms youíre proud to share with your friends and family. For more information, visit www.VersatileFlooringInc.com.

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