Are you considering getting your kitchen remodeled? If so, then what is the reason for wanting to get a kitchen makeover? Is your current kitchenan unlivable disaster or do you just want to make a few changes to bring more life into your kitchen? How much time and money are you willing to invest in this project? You should answer all of these questions before you give your work crews a call and they start drilling all around your kitchen.
Always start with assessing what you have and think about its condition. Ask yourself questions like, can I use this dishwasher for a few more years, or do I have to replace it now. Look at all your equipment and assess the floors, walls, ceiling, windows, and countertops too. Check to see if your cabinets are falling apart.
Compare what you want with what you currently own. See how each replacement will affect the renovation process. Divide your list into a list of wants and needs and make sure all of your needs are fulfilled before you go to your wants list.
- Calculating Costs:
Find out what you need to buy. For example, find the cost of changing your old wooden countertops into luxurious granite countertops. Find the cost per square meter of installing granite tiles on your walls and floor. Then, try selling what you currently have from kitchen tools and machines and calculate how much extra will remodeling your kitchen cost you.
- Cancelling out:
Look carefully at your list once again and try crossing out what you find an unnecessary change to keep things into budget. You will find that some things are costly but worth investing in. A good example of this would be granite. As expensive as granite could get, that countertop is should last you a lifetime as granite is known for its hardness, durability and resistance to scratch and heat.
- Downscaling things:
This step is the most fun part of the project and the most important one too. Thanks to technology, we now have many kitchen design softwares to help you redesign your kitchen and see it fully furnished without even getting of your chair. You can easily see how your fridge will look if placed on the opposite side of the kitchen and whether your dishwasher would fit nicely where you plan to put it. Just play with things around until you feel satisfied with the final look.
- Turning plans into REALITY:
The best way to do this is to work with a licensed contractor who is specialized in kitchen remodeling. It is definitely not the cheapest of all options, and you might feel up to the challenge and want to do things yourself. A hired contractor usually charges from 15% to 25% of the price of the project as commission. To do it yourself you would save this money but have to take all the responsibility of finishing the task. That might require skills you may not have. I personally say if you want professional results, hire a professional.
Tell us how things go with your kitchen renovation project. It will definitely add value to your home.
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Know more about granite worktops
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