The Ultimate Guide to Kick Off Your Kitchen Remodeling Plans

February 18, 2020

The time has come to update your kitchen. Something just clicked, and you feel that now is the right time to invest in a kitchen remodel. Here’s the thing, though—you must take the time to plan the project from start to finish, and understand that some snags may arise in the meantime. The good news is that home kitchens are the most popular room in the house to renovate. This means the pros have the remodeling steps down pat. However, it’s up to you to consider the details of what you want in a kitchen as well as set a realistic budget.

Below is a guide to help you kick off your Poulsbo, WA kitchen remodeling plan:

  • Set a budget: First things first, set a budget and be realistic about the cost. For the most part, large kitchen renovation projects will end up taking more time and money than your original calculations. To avoid having to put your project on pause due to budget concerns, include an additional 10 to 20 percent for unplanned expenses. Think of this as a financial cushion.

  • Evaluate your kitchen: To get a better idea of the upgrades you need or want, you need to thoroughly evaluate your current kitchen from top to bottom. List every improvement you want to make to the layout, countertops, cabinets, large appliances, sinks and lighting. Also note which features you want to keep. Once this is all written down, you’ll be able to decide whether you want to change the entire floorplan or simply update certain areas.

  • Do some research: Researching kitchen floorplans, features, extras and costs of materials can be a fun process. Start by looking online and in magazines for ideas, and don’t dismiss visiting kitchen showrooms and home improvement stores. Most importantly, make sure the items you are looking at are within your budget.

  • Consider costs other than materials: These costs are also called “hidden costs.” While not hidden maliciously, these are the costs that a homeowner might forget to include in their kitchen remodeling budget—cost of labor, taxes, shipping fees and delivery costs are some of the most common. These hidden costs can add up quickly, so be sure to include them in your budget.

  • Buy quality: Buy the best quality kitchen remodeling materials you can afford—including appliances, countertops, cabinets and flooring. Choose high-quality, long-lasting, functional items so you can enjoy your kitchen for years to come. If you ever decide to sell, these will also improve your potential for a higher resale value.

  • Choose a kitchen layout: The kitchen needs to be practical and functional, but above all else, the layout must work for your needs. A good move would be to consult with an experienced kitchen remodeling contractor. He or she can give suggestions, as well as show you samples of past projects that are similar to yours.

Your new kitchen is within reach! Coyote Hollow Construction in Poulsbo, WA will help make your kitchen remodeling plan happen. Call us today to get started!

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