8 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Start a Kitchen Remodel

Wondering what to ask us before you start your Kitchen Remodel? If you have these top 8 questions answered prior to starting a new remodel, you’ll be able to have a much more productive, streamlined project.

1. What is your objective?
Are you planning to sell your house in three years? Are you intending to spruce up for that sale? Or are you looking to have all the bells and whistles?

2. How long do you plan to live in the home?
If you’re going to be living there for one or two years, you probably want to consider a different type of renovation, something that’s maybe not as costly or something that’s more timeless and traditional in the aesthetic that’s chosen by your design team.  If you’re going to be living there a little bit longer, then naturally you’ll be spending a bit more and designing something that you really love.

3. Do you have children?
If so, where are you going to store everything? Are you going to have a kitchen with a magnetic board; do you hang your children’s artworks? Resilient, easy-to-clean materials, whether wood or stone, are also ideal for kid-friendly kitchens

4. Do you have allergies and health issues to consider?
If someone in your family suffers from asthma or other breathing issues, let your us know. Things that are important to stay away from if you do have any of those concerns are high-gloss lacquers and urea and phenol formaldehydes, which are used in the adhesives of most plywoods.

5. Will you be living in your home during the renovation?
It adds to the lead time and the construction duration, so that’s something that’s very important to know. It also adds to the level of protection and cleanliness that needs to be maintained in the renovation.

6. What is your budget?
This question has to be something that’s first answered for yourself, so you understand what amount of money you want to spend, but it’s important to be honest with the people on your design team, and your contractors, about what that number is. Once you have a number, add a 10 to 20 percent contingency.

7. What have people in similar homes accomplished, and what have been their limitations?
Getting to the answer of ‘Can we do it?’ sooner rather than later is very, very helpful in the process. Research local zoning laws, landmark preservation rules, and yard setbacks, too.

8. When can we get started?
A well-planned project is a well-executed project. Take the time with us to properly plan everything that you’re doing. Source your long-lead materials and purchase them in advance.

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