The Secrets to Design Your Dream Kitchen
Plan, Plan, Plan! This is your dream kitchen! Take the time to plan out your kitchen to exactly what you have in mind and don’t settle for anything less. Look through pictures online and in magazines to get ideas that you love, then save them to your “Dream Kitchen” folder so you can reference them at any time during the design process.
Seek Help! Seek out a designer with Total Design to design your kitchen, they will give you 3D renderings so you can visually see what your kitchen will look like. Designers can also guide and educate you through the design and renovation process to eliminate any unforeseen issues. Typically, this is the first time you are renovating your kitchen so seeking help from someone who has been down the road before is extremely helpful, so don’t be afraid to ask for assistance.
Budget Properly! Many times homeowners assume that when they are getting ready to remodel their kitchen all they have to budget for is new cabinetry. Cabinetry is typically the largest expense when remodeling the kitchen, but there a lot of unforeseen costs as well. Such as, removal of the existing cabinetry, dump fees, moving plumbing and electrical locations if necessary, drywall and paint repairs, new sink and plumbing fixtures, new lighting fixtures or under counter lighting, appliances big and small (who what’s to reuse the same disposal from 15 years ago…), counter top material; fabrication and installation, replacing flooring to cover areas that new cabinetry didn’t cover, cabinetry hardware etc. The list can go on and on so being reasonable and budgeting properly will lead you to the dream kitchen you’ve always wanted and not left with a half completed kitchen that you will complete down the road when more funds are available.
Shop Responsibly! Shopping is typically the homeowner’s favorite part (especially if she is spending her Husband’s money) of the renovation, they get to spend money to complete their dream kitchen. So refer back to your “Dream Kitchen” folder and pick out a few choices of each product, such as kitchen sink. Make sure you go to a showroom where you can physically see, touch and research your sink. Once you have seen it and approve of the color, manufacturer and design then conduct your “online deal” shopping. A lot of the time homeowners will just order their product online and once it arrives and is installed they hate it. In this case, once you install an under mount sink and the counter tops such as granite, that sink is in place and you have to live with it….Unless you want to repay for another slab to be fabricated and nobody wants to pay for things twice. Revert back to your designer for assistance, designers with Total Design can direct you to amazing products that they recommend, as well as telling you the best place to purchase your products.
Experience! Last but not least, hire a licensed company like Total Design who has been around for years and has the qualified and professional experience that you deserve. Remember that you get for what you pay for, so don’t hire a fly-by-night company that isn’t reputable. If you do be prepared for a lot of headaches and frustration.
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