Homeowners remodeling their kitchens for the very first time can be quite afraid. And rightly so, as kitchen require some of the most expensive remodels, both in terms of money and time.
This kind of investment should not end in something you have doubts about, so it’s best to take your time and carefully plan ahead. Lucky for you, we’ve put together a complete checklist of things to look out for when remodeling your kitchen.
The most important step in planning your remodeling is to determine a budget of how much you can spend on this project. This is the cornerstone of a well thought out plan and gives you realistic expectation of what you’ll be able to cover in the remodel (appliances, cabinetry, flooring, etc.). Having a budget in mind will let you make trade-off decisions effectively.
Codes and Permits
Depending on where you live, you may need to apply for a permit for the alterations you need to make to your house as part of the remodel. Check local building regulations to figure out the requirements and paperwork you need to submit. Also, consider the amount of time it takes for permit applications to be processed and apply ahead of time. Alternatively, if you’re hiring a professional remodeling company, they might handle the permitting process for you.
Time of Year
Most homeowners will remodel during spring or summers. During this warm weather, you can have picnics or parties outdoors while the kitchen undergoes construction. If you have an upcoming event such as a wedding or holiday celebrations, then you’ll want to plan your project so it is completed a few weeks before the event.
Know Your Space
Especially for smaller kitchens, it is important to know exactly how much space in the square footage you have available to work with. Knowing your space will make it easier to determine what you need and want and make discussions with professional contractors easier. You should also be aware which of the walls surrounding the kitchen is load bearing if you intend to knock down walls and increase kitchen size.
Current and Desired Layout
Having your current layout in front of you will help shape your goals for remodeling and ultimately the final desired layout. For example, if you want to move something, say the kitchen sink, you should know the pipes layout and how that will affect construction costs.
Kitchen remodeling can seem like a difficult task at first, but if you follow our checklist you’ll be done with the planning and be well on your way to enjoying your remodeled kitchen in no time. For people in Shreveport, Red River Parish, DeSoto Parish, Benton, LA looking to do kitchen remodeling, we’ve got you covered. Get in touch with us and schedule a planning session to discuss your remodeling goals.