Your kitchen needs a makeover. Maybe it looks drab and ancient, or you simply want something fresh and trendy. What to do? Where to start?
You could visit some stores that stock kitchen appliances and accessories, look at the good old tried and tested magazines for ideas or simply ask for ideas. You could also set yourself in front of your computer and browse the net. You will get loads of ideas, no doubt.
Equipped with those, the next hurdle is whether you can remodel your kitchen yourself or you will need experts to do it. There is the space to plan, design, a budget to plan, blueprints, contracts, permits, ordering appliances and then the actual work.
What you need
These days, most people want a kitchen that does double duty; cook in there and eat in there. You will, therefore, need to:
- Get information on the particulars of laying out your kitchen plan.
- If you have contracted a professional to work on your project, loop them in and ask for advice.
- The size of your family should be taken into consideration here. Consider your priorities.
- Think about expanding for when you have guests.
- This is the time to reach for those magazines and Pinterest
Find out how much this project is going to cost you. Alter your plans to suit your budget if need be. You already know just how big this project is and how long it will take to complete. However, you will learn as the work progresses that both thecostof the project and time takenmay not be exactly in line with your plans .
NB:Your budget is an estimation. You may not know exactly how much you will spend on the entire project.
Is it DIY or will you hire a professional?
This will depend on the size of your project. If it is a big one, hire a professional. Sometimes it is best to let the experts deal with the technicalities of fitting in a kitchen. It is not only convenient for you; you will also be assured of quality work.
As the work progresses, you may need a temporary kitchen. This could be just a simple cooking area outdoors depending on the weather. It could also be indoors…maybe a corner of the sitting room. You could also look into fun activities like picnics in the backyard, eating out once in a while, or even camping. There is no reason why the renovations going on should translate to drab mealtimes for the family.
The D Day
It is time to unveil your new kitchen. This is the day that you inspect the work done and either approve of it or express your disappointment. If you have been involved during the whole process, there will be little to disappoint you.
If there are things that you expected to have been done and they have not, this is the time to point that out. It is almost impossible not to have missed a fixing or three.
The most important thing about kitchen remodeling is getting exactly what you wanted the way you wanted it and for it to have been done competently because you do not want to have doorknobs and shelves falling off at the most inopportune moments.