Five Tips For a Stress Free Kitchen Remodeling Project

12-1_892730972There are many ways to approach a kitchen remodeling project, and the easiest way is to have a comprehensive approach.  Sure, there are plenty of ways to do it–and it makes sense that you want to be in charge, but who you work with on the project can make all the difference.

I believe it is possible to have a relatively stress free kitchen remodeling project if you follow these 5 tips:

Kitchen remodeling tip #1:  Realize that you are the “team owner”, and you do call the shots.

Still, having a talented “quarterback” to run the game is to your advantage.   You must have a quarterback in charge; or rather, one person to call, to consult with, and to take responsibility for the execution of the project.  This is the person to help you coordinate trades, manage the budget with you, juggle the schedule, and make sure the end result matches the original vision–and in most cases–better than you anticipated!

Kitchen remodeling tip #2:  Doing a little kitchen remodeling research on the front end can make an amazing difference. 

Ideally, look for a company that can do it all–evaluate your existing space–and cabinetry assets is the best way to maximize your budget, time, and results.  Check out their references and experiences.  Ideally, a company that can handle the ‘start to finish’ approach is your best bet for seamless, timely, and a headache free kitchen and bath remodeling project.

Kitchen remodeling tip #3:  Look for a professional designer that works with your remodeling company that can think beyond a complete ‘gut’ of the space.

Considering if this is an option will drastically affect your budget and downtime.  Included in these considerations are flooring, moving plumbing, electrical, adding or changing space and openings to the structure.  Having a pro help you take advantage of what you already have, and work towards a solution that exceeds expectations without budget surprises is your goal. You might have a situation that works well with refacing cabinetry and a style change with some adjustments, along with new color, finishes, hardware, doors, and countertops for a totally new, fast, and beautiful look.  Or you may find that a combination of refacing existing cabinets and reconfiguring them, paired with new cabinets is an excellent solution. This pro will evaluation is well worth the time.

Kitchen remodeling tip #4:  Know yourself and your change and remodeling tolerance.

Think in terms of how much remodeling down time and when works best for you.  Realize that there are many ways to approach a project, and take the time to explore and consider how you live, what your priorities are, and realize that the experienced kitchen remodeling team can help you realize what those priorities are as well!

Kitchen remodeling tip #5:  Assemble that team, and game on!

Know that experience makes a difference–your project coordinator, designer, remodeling contractor, cabinetry and tops supplier, and installer–all from one experienced company is an excellent way to proceed.  As you navigate the landscape of remodeling, you may find that you could have each step be a separate company, but I wouldn’t recommend it.  Akin to preparing like a sports team–it really does work best to have one company working together on the various elements of the project, rather than a number of companies working on the project.  At least, that is the easiest and most stress free way!

And be sure to research Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling Costs – Tips to Keep Your Remodeling Project Under Control if you do plan to do a kitchen remodeling project.