A kitchen remodel breathes new life into your home, whether it’s aged gracefully over several decades or it’s still relatively new. And not all kitchen remodeling projects mean revamping the entire kitchen; some upgrades may only include swapping certain fixtures and appliances, adding new cabinets, or changing the countertops. However, some larger projects may call for a complete overhaul and can include many more moving pieces.
Whatever the scope of your remodeling needs, it’s always a good idea to create or follow a checklist. This allows you to ideate on your must-haves, nice-to-haves, and any and all essential considerations that must be entertained before and during the process. We’ve created this easy-to-follow checklist so you can hit the ground running, and ensure you get the kitchen of your dreams.
Write Down All Updates
The first step is dumping all of your ideas—big and small—down onto a list. It may sound simple, but we guarantee that, once you begin writing, you’ll realize you might have more to complete than you originally planned. Even if you come across more items than you intended, you’ll be able to either whittle down or prioritize. This portion should include the following and more:
Plan Your Budget
Whether you’re planning a complete kitchen remodel or only upgrading a portion of your kitchen, having a good idea of how much you want to spend is helpful for a number of reasons. The obvious reason is that you may have only so much to spend. But it also gives you the chance to further prioritize those luxury fixtures or splurges, or cross off some of the non-essentials. It also helps give your boutique general contractor an idea of which types of upgrades you’re looking for in your New York City home.
Find Examples You Love
Inspiration is one of the most enjoyable parts of a kitchen remodel and, with so many images, stories, and sites dedicated to the process online, there’s no shortage of ideas. Not only will this part of the process stimulate your imagination, but it will help you create a better plan for presenting to your contractor. You’ll be able to better articulate your wants and goals. Be sure to check their portfolio for work they’ve done, too.
Once you’ve found some kitchens you really enjoy, dig a little deeper and explore what materials were used in those kitchens. This can be incredibly helpful for countertops, specifically; there are many options, and what may appear as one material may be another—or there might be a higher-end, better quality alternative available from your contractor. The same can be said for cabinets, flooring, and fixtures. Even some of the biggest and most reputable brands may have different makes and models with different materials.
Reach Out to Your Contractor Early
Each kitchen remodel comes with many considerations, whether you’re going for a few upgrades or a complete overhaul. Contacting VIR Construction early helps us understand each element of your project, and to provide you with all the information you need to make confident decisions for your project.