If you've never tackled a kitchen remodel before the task can be a little intimidating.
Let's be honest, there are a lot of details and moving pieces. Where should you start?
What are the most important things to get lined up first? Let's look at a few broad
brushstroke things to get you off to a good start. If you're considering kitchen
remodeling in Geneva: here's what you need to know.
What Do You Really Want to Accomplish?
Why are you considering remodeling in the first place? What do you like about your
kitchen and what—specifically—would you like to change? You may simply want a
completely new look. On the other hand, you may be after a remodel that will make
your kitchen more comfortable and convenient. Is it organized in a way that suits your
lifestyle? Do you need more space? Do you want more light? Are you looking to add
counter space or additional storage space? A successful kitchen remodel is one that finds the balance between form and function—how your kitchen looks and how it operates.
You might be one of those homeowners that say, "I'm not sure exactly what I want, but I'll know it when I see it!" That's pretty common, and it's a good way to get started. And it's still true that a picture is sometimes worth 1,000 words. So, if you're looking for ideas, we invite you to browse through our Kitchen Remodeling Gallery. You may find inspiration and ideas. And even if you don’t see exactly what you want, you can show a designer things you’d like and then make modifications.
Create a Realistic Budget
It doesn’t make sense to plan for a $100,000 kitchen remodel if your budget is more in the $30,000 to $50,000 range. One thing that can be helpful in this process is to prioritize the things you want or need in your kitchen. One way to do that is to break things down into categories as follows:
- Essentials: These are the “must-haves.” These are the features in your kitchen that you absolutely want/need to have. Even if you have to do without some finishes or features, you’ll include these things in your plan.
- Nice to Have: These are features that would add a nice touch. They may be conveniences or visual elements that you'd really like to have. Some of these might be things you can add later.
- If Money is No Object: These are elements and features that would really be fun, interesting, and maybe even a bit luxurious. If the budget allows it, they’d be great to have, but their absence really won’t affect your kitchen’s comfort and usability.
A word of caution: Don’t budget too tightly. Leave yourself a little “wiggle room” when creating your budget. Unexpected things can come up. Or you may choose a backsplash material that doesn’t look right once you get it in your house—and the one that looks great is just a few dollars more.
Educate Yourself About the Process
It’s one thing to have great ideas about what you want your kitchen to look and feel like. But how do you go about communicating those ideas to your remodeler? Having some familiarity with the remodeling process is a big help. An easy way to get an overview is by downloading our free Kitchen Design Guide. This eBook will guide you through the process of remodeling your kitchen by helping you understand your style, and how to communicate this style to your designer and your remodeling team. You’ll learn about discovering your personal style; what kitchen styles and elements to consider; and how to work with your designer.
Get a Great Design
Great remodeling results don't just happen. You may be familiar with the quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: “A dream without a plan is just a wish.” The same is true when creating your dream kitchen. Great design is essential to getting the results you want. That's how you know that everything will fit and function properly. Beware of a remodeler who just plans to "wing it" when remodeling your kitchen.
Choose Your Remodeler Wisely
One common frustration homeowners run into is that there can be a disconnect between the designer and the builder. The builder may not understand exactly what the designer had in mind. Sometimes the designer creates a plan that the builder can't complete (or at least, not within the determined budget). That’s where working with a design-build remodeler such as Ken Spears is a big advantage. The designer and the builder are on the same team. Nothing falls through the cracks and there is no finger pointing. Here’s a helpful article that goes into more detail about the design-build process.
There are, of course, many additional details that go into a great kitchen remodeling project. But if you begin with these essentials, they’ll take you a long way toward getting what you really want out of your new kitchen—and following these steps will surface other issues you’ll want to think about.