Have you been contemplating a kitchen remodel ? If so, you are probably wondering where to start. Starting a remodeling project in your home is a big commitment and requires a lot of planning. We sat down with our Showcase Kitchens and Baths custom designers to find out what homeowners need to ask themselves before starting a kitchen remodel
Why do I want to remodel?
This seems obvious, but if you list all the reasons, the end result could be so much better. If the primary reason is to improve the look, you may not think about the other issues you could improve, like adding a steam oven to your kitchen arsenal, improving those hard to reach corners or maximizing storage. Your focus might be improving the look, but in the end you also can gain so much more.
Do I need a professional to design or build my project?
About half of our clients tell us they know exactly what they want, but once we show them things they have never thought about, they begin to realize why we specialize in what we do. A remodel is more than just choosing a cabinet and countertop. There are a lot of unforeseen details and that is where a professional can really help the process run smoothly and maximize the value you are adding to your home.
What do I like about my current kitchen?
Make a list of what you like about your kitchen so that you can work with your designer to make sure they don’t lose that in the design process. For example, if you like watching the kids in the living room while doing the dishes at the sink in the island, you want to make sure that isn’t lost in the design process.
What does not work for you in the current kitchen?
Again, this seems obvious, but really think it through. You may be frustrated every time you load the dishwasher, but why?
When costs become a deciding factor, what are my priorities?
You may be able to gut the room and move walls to achieve your dream kitchen, but if your budget only allows for a partial remodel, make sure it is the right part. A good professional will help you evaluate options and get the most out of every penny. The most important thing in the decision process is adding value to your design. What fits your budget must also fit your home. If you are going to go over budget, you want make sure you are adding value.
Knowing where to start is the first step in starting your kitchen remodel. Check back next week for more tips from the Showcase Kitchens & Baths designers on starting a custom kitchen remodel in your home! Please call Showcase Kitchens & Baths at (818) 602-4358 or visit one of our Showrooms in Encino, Westlake Village or Camarillo, CA if you would like to get started on remodeling your kitchen or bathroom.