Over the years, we have received a lot of inquiries about where to start on projects. Kitchens are one of the most important and impactful rooms in your home. They serve as a gathering place and the central hub of your home.
Where do you even start? Some of our clients start by visiting appliance showrooms like Standard TV & Appliance, Eastbank Appliance or BASCO. These live kitchens give you hands-on inspiration of what is possible and how to integrate and view the wide range of appliances available to you.
What are your requirements for your kitchen remodel?
How you use your kitchen? Does the current layout work for you? Are there features you are missing that would make your workflow more efficient? Do you need an addition? Or can you work with your existing kitchen footprint? Is the kitchen the center hub for your home? What style do you like – modern, traditional, transitional, mid-century, craftsman?
Next, the two important elements you need to create is the budget and scope of work. Don’t worry, this isn’t set in stone and may change. There will be many different opportunities to revisit these elements and fine-tune them.
Speak with the Professionals
Involve the professional early. They can save you a lot of time and money. Start by involving a designer or architect. Don’t know any? Give us a call. We can refer you to the architect or designer that would be the best fit for your project.
Working with professionals will help you with everything from contracts to permits, space planning, budgets, choosing finishes and fixtures, shopping, ordering products, and managing your project from start to finish.
Plans and Design
It’s time to develop space planning and determine what will work in your home. Sketches and preliminary space planning plans are developed. We can also work with your preliminary design to help determine ballpark budgets so you can start to focus and fine-tuning the finishes and material selection.
There are thousands of choices to be made. These include:
- Cabinetry style, type, finish and color
- Countertop material
- Plumbing fixtures
- Lighting fixtures
Now it’s time to prepare floor plans, elevations, details, mechanical and electrical drawings, lighting switch plans, and exterior elevations.
This will be your final permit set. At the same time, we will be complete the final pricing now the construction documents are complete.
We will submit the drawings for permit. These need to have a lead time. Depending how busy the City or County is, it could take weeks to months to obtain a permit.
Now you’re ready to have your dream kitchen become reality! Be sure to follow our blog as we will highlighting more construction and design ideas.
Questions? Please comment below or call our office.