How to Plan a Kitchen Renovation

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A kitchen renovation is not just about changing or updating a look; it is an opportunity to increase functionality. Aside from finding a new paint color or wallpaper, you can add elements to make preparing meals easier. For instance, you may add a kitchen island or an overhead pot rack to increase your counter and storage space.
But like any home project, updating a kitchen can be expensive and confusing if you don’t have a clear renovation vision. With the proper planning, you can make the most out of your kitchen renovation.
In this article we’ll go over how to get a clear sense of what you want out of a kitchen renovation, how to set a budget, and how to hire a reliable contractor to achieve your what you’re looking for.

Part 1: Firm up the Vision of Your New Kitchen

Step 1: Do your research. Look at home magazines online and in print to get ideas for your kitchen renovation. Pay attention to aspects like countertops and faucet styles, so you don’t miss details by taking in the whole picture.
Step 2: Save things you like. Clip or print out picture of the elements you like in other people’s kitchens. Pinterest is a particularly good tool for collecting many examples of your aesthetic. Put the pictures together to think about what the right direction will be for your kitchen and consider how you can bring your favorites together into your own vision.
Step 3: Discuss your vision. Describe what you want your finished kitchen product to look like to another person and ask if there were parts that did not come across clearly. This will help you describe what you want to a contractor in a way that they can clearly understand.

Part 2: Set a Budget for your Kitchen Redo

Step 1: Get a broad idea of cost. According to [HGTV] (http://www.hgtv.com/design/rooms/kitchens/10-steps-to-budgeting-for-your-kitchen-remodel), the average price for an upscale kitchen remodel is $80,000.
That may be above or below the amount needed to achieve your kitchen vision. Try using an online renovation estimator like the one at [ImproveNet] (http://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/kitchen-remodel-cost-estimator).
Step 2: Look at your disposable cash to arrive at a number. Take a close look at your expenses, income, and savings. If you can safely spend the amount indicated in the broad estimation, then that may be your budget.
You can also set your budget higher or lower, depending on whether you are willing to cut a few corners or spend a bit extra for better quality.

Part 3: Get Good Help

Step 1: Locate a few good contractors. Pick the brains of your friends and family for contractors used with success in the past, or browse verified reviews online. Compile a list of the most promising ones to explore in more depth.
Step 2: Interview your candidates and make a decision. Do not be afraid to ask questions. Prospective contractors stand to make a pretty penny off of your renovation and should not hesitate to provide references or photos of their work.
Also make sure any prospective contractor is licensed, bonded, and insured. Through the interview process, one contractor will likely stand out from the crowd to hire.
Be aware that a kitchen renovation is a process that cannot be achieved overnight. While - in the scheme of things - you will be inconvenienced for a short time, the fruits of your efforts will last much longer.

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