Stage One of Your Kitchen Remodel- The Plan
Before you dive into a kitchen remodeling project, you need to come up with a comprehensive plan that includes where everything will go. This includes your cabinets, your appliances and the direction that your cabinet door will open.
If possible, avoid changing your kitchen configuration or removing existing walls as doing so will add to the cost of your remodel, take more time and make a bigger mess. Additionally, the plumbing and electrical systems should remain intact to prevent the need of hiring an electrician or a plumber.
A professional designer can ensure that your project will flow smoothly and keep your project on track. This type of professional will charge approximately 10 percent of the overall cost for your kitchen remodel. Many people think they do not want a kitchen designer or cannot afford one; however, a kitchen design professional often saves more money than they charge.
If you really cannot afford a kitchen designer, visit your local major home improvement store. They will help you design your new kitchen. However, you should be aware that you will be expected to purchase your supplies from the store.
Stage Two of Your Kitchen Remodel- Ordering Your Supplies
The two largest investments in a kitchen remodeling project are your kitchen cabinets and appliances, as stuff like pull out shelves for kitchen cabinets are much more affordable. If you have a spare room, room in the garage or the basement, you should order these items early as they can take up to six weeks to be delivered.
If you are unable to afford new appliances during this stage of your remodel, design your kitchen with the dimensions of the appliances that you will be purchasing. This will allow you to easily slide your appliances into the location without making any adjustments to your cabinet location.
You can save money by reusing your lighting fixtures already in your kitchen. You can breath new life into your light fixture by painting them. At a later time, you can easily change them out for new lighting fixtures.
When you are installing your kitchen cabinets, you need to consider which type of flooring you will be installing at a later date. Some flooring options, such as tile and hardwood flooring are thicker than vinyl or linoleum and the cabinets will need to be raised. You can do so by installing shims under your new kitchen cabinets.
Using this two step method will allow you to complete your kitchen renovation in stages. If you have a limited budget, use the tips above to learn how to plan and prepare for new appliances, flooring, diy storage shelves and lighting fixture in the future. Develop a plan, install your kitchen cabinets and then begin saving for new flooring or appliances.