22 Aug Homeowners Workbook: How to Remodel Your Kitchen
Our company was founded on a premise which still holds true today: create useful cabinetry that makes life better for homeowners while capturing their hearts and dreams. We really appreciate the following article because it exemplifies this concept. The article lays out a simple process you can follow that will result in a One-of-a-Kind kitchen without the stresses that can sometimes come from “starting from scratch.”
Helpful Nine-Step Process to Remodeling Your Kitchen
If you’re planning to remodel your kitchen, you’ll find the Homeowner’s Workbook: How to Remodel Your Kitchen at houzz.com most helpful. The article presents the following nine steps to remodeling:
1. Think about what you need. Find the layout and features that fit your lifestyle, and get ideas from sources like Houzz, kitchen showrooms, books and magazines. Start saving photos of kitchens you like.
2. Research and plan. Formulate a scope of work and figure out your preliminary budget. These may change as you begin the design and installation process.
3. Find the professionals you will need. Get referrals from friends or colleagues, and hire an architect or designer. Or, work with a builder or contractor. Many dealers offer Grabill cabinetry and work with interior designers and specifiers.
4. Schematic design. Get going on space planning, preliminary floor plans and elevations showing the layout and cabinet sizes. This will help you figure out what materials will go where, square footage, and ultimately, the cost. Start interviewing contractors, if you have not done so already, and get preliminary estimates.
5. Fixture and finish specification. Make final selection of finishes and fixtures. This includes cabinet construction type (door style, finish and color), countertops, appliances, kitchen sink and faucet, light fixtures, flooring, backsplash and decorative hardware.
6. Work on design development and construction documents. Now’s the time to finalize the design and prepare final plans. With your final permit set or Construction Drawings (CDs) in hand, you’re ready for final pricing from the contractor. Drawings are then submitted and permits secured.
7. Get contractor estimates. If you don’t already have a licensed contractor on your project, now’s the time to find one. Try getting at least three estimates.
8. Get ready for demo. Firm up the construction schedule with your contractor or builder, and clean out your existing cabinets. If you’re living in the house during construction, set up a temporary kitchen. Discuss logistical issues with your contractor, such as timing of construction updates, demos, debris removal and family allergies.
9. Surviving the dreaded punch list. With construction almost over, the time has come to work your way down the list of items that are missing, wrong or forgotten.
Whether you decide to hire an architect, designer, builder or contractor, make sure your new kitchen cabinets are from Grabill, manufacturers of cabinets that help you achieve the looks and lifestyle that fit you. Use our Dealer Locator to find a local dealer. If you need inspiration, please view our gallery or download our brochure.