If you’re looking to freshen things up in your home, one of the best places to start is the kitchen. It’s arguably the most used room in your house and where you spend the most time cooking, entertaining, and enjoying the company of your friends and family.
Starting any home renovation project can be overwhelming. There is a laundry list of things to consider but we’ve narrowed down the top 5 things to do before starting to give your kitchen a facelift.
1. Find inspiration.
The best way to start a kitchen renovation is by looking through magazines, Pinterest, and online stores for inspiration! Even looking up new real estate developments and touring through their show homes can give you an idea of what is trending in the market and what you like. Save some photos, colour schemes, tile patterns, and storage options that you can refer to when you’re ready to hire a contractor.
2. Do your research.
Once you’ve found your inspiration, it’s time to start sourcing some options. Consider things like where the materials are sourced from, wholesale vs. retail, warranties, and customer reviews. It’s important to give yourself some options so you can be flexible once your budget is set.
3. Set your budget.
The research you do can help you determine what is worth the splurge and where you can save some money. Remember to factor in things like labour, demolition, and shipping costs. Try to give yourself a ballpark figure rather than a definite price point as unexpected costs can arise once renovations begin.
4. Mock up your ideal layout.
Now that you’re almost ready to begin, take the time to roughly mock up your ideal layout of the kitchen. It’s a good idea to measure the room, counter space, area of appliances, and any walls or islands that need to be removed. This will help you portray your vision clearly to your contract.
Consult a contractor.
You’ve done your research, set your budget, and designed your ideal layout, now it’s time to hand it over to the professionals! When hiring a contractor, it’s a good idea to ask them for examples of past projects or testimonials from previous customers. Don’t be afraid to reach out to a couple for quotes. It never hurts to have options!
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