The kitchen has always been the heart of the home and still remains so today. Kitchens are the number one choice for rooms to be renovated. In order for a successful kitchen renovation, you must be prepared when the project begins. With a bit of creativity and imagination and guidance from professionals, when needed, your dream kitchen renovation will come off without a hitch.
Before you begin your dream kitchen renovation, there are a few things you should know in order to prevent unnecessary stress and frustration. Here are a few tips to give help you make that dream kitchen a reality.
· Save time and money by choosing do-it-yourself projects that you know you can complete successfully.
· If you doubt your ability to complete a project successfully, hire a professional. This will save you time and money in the long run.
· Renovation plans change. Be sure to have a backup plan to prevent the renovation project from continuing for months.
· Make a firm renovation budget and stick to it. Whatever your budget, add fifteen percent for unforeseen repairs and materials. Renovations almost always cost more that what is budgeted. You may need extra time and materials to complete the project or you may decide that you'd like a marble countertop instead of laminate. There are many scenarios that would take extra money to complete the renovation.
· If you must hire a contractor to do a portion of the work, ask for references and photos of work that he has completed. Check his references and ask him to produce his business license and his insurance certificate. If he cannot produce these things, keep looking for the perfect contractor for the job.
Products and Materials
· Always choose products and materials that are of high quality. Purchasing low-end materials for the job may come back to haunt you a few years down the road. Research products you wish to use. There are times when a lower cost item may be of superior quality.
· When you decide you're going to renovate, start a renovation folder. Make notes in a renovation journal and be sure to include a wish list. This is the place to keep track of all of your ideas and to make note of your color scheme and floor plan. As you make decisions, make note of them in the renovation journal and keep it in the renovation file where it can be easily accessed. Include pictures from magazines for ideas of what you wish to incorporate into your kitchen. Be sure to include notes on about lighting, fixtures and taps. Do you want a gooseneck faucet? Are you planning on installing a kitchen island? All of your ideas should be kept in the renovation file.
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