How to Begin a Kitchen Remodel

Let say you want to change the way your kitchen looks, upgrade it, breath new life into it and make it more efficient – a remodel is just what you need. But, before contacting a remodeling contractor, there are a few steps you need to take. Below, are a few “tips” on things you need to do in order to prepare for a remodel, and it might not be the tips you expected.

Kitchen Remodel

Create An Organized Stylebook

This is the internet, folks! There are all kinds of ways to create a style book these days, and it doesn’t have to involve buying 50 decor magazines and gluing them to a board. Sites like Pinterest and Houzz both allow you to create a stylebook ie; a “book” that is organized but lets you “pin” images you really love or ones that speak to you. Pinterest even has a private board option so you can create your kitchen board/book and it can only be seen by your eyes or those you want to see it. This is a great way, for example, to collect 25 pictures of kitchen countertops and then narrow it down to 10, then 5, then 1. You can create several different boards too; 1 board for counters you love, 1 board for appliances you need, 1 board for floors you are interested in vs 1 board for floors you really love, etc. And it’s all 100% organized so you can go back to it when you like. These boards are also nice because you can show them to your remodeling contractor and interior decorator so they can see your vision. Sometimes we have a difficult time explaining what we want – well these images do that job for you.

Create A Goal and Define It

Chances are you aren’t just throwing $10,000, $30,000 or $40,000 into a kitchen remodel, “just because.” No, chances are you are doing this for a reason. Maybe you want the kitchen to be more efficient to cook in. maybe you want the aesthetic appeal to increase. Perhaps you want to make the space so that you have more room to both cook and entertain. These are all goals. So sit down and figure out what you want the kitchen to represent or how you want it to function/how you want to use it.

Set A Budget

This is probably one of the most important steps. This is going to give you a generalized idea on how much you can spend for your kitchen remodel and then, in turn, help you figure out what you can afford in terms of appliances, upgrades, materials and more. Write a must have versus a can do without a list. For example:

Must Have:

Proper lighting

Wood Laminate Flooring

Breakfast Nook/Coffee Bar


Can Do Without:

Granite Countertops

Stainless Steel Appliances

Dutch Oven

This will also give you an idea on what you can do without, but it will also force you to look for alternatives. You really like the granite countertops, but they are expensive. What can you do to reduce the budget on the countertops but still find a material that somewhat resembles or at least has the same beauty of granite? Well, you just need to check out Google.

Set The Time Allowance

In most cases, it’s really hard to set a time when you want everything to be done, because chances are the contractor, any contractor you work with, is either going to have a project they are doing now that needs to be finished or they are working several projects at once. Therefore, you might not have the project done when you want. But, nonetheless, it’s still a good time to be realistic and figure out when you would desire the project to be finished. Talk this date over with the contractor and see if it’s a realistic date or not. If not, when do they think it will be done?

Be Realistic

Yes, this is awesome. Yes, it will be fun picking everything out. Yes, it’s exciting. But, you also need to realize that there are some things you might not be so ecstatic about, but they are sort of “need to happen” things, in order to get the project finished. You might not be able to use your kitchen while it’s being remodeled. You also might get stressed out at times. It’s important to realize that this isn’t all just fun and games, you will have those stressful days too, but just remember, it’s all going to be okay in the end when you get your house back and it’s your dream kitchen.