A big undertaking at the best of times, renovating a kitchen can turn into a real headache if you don’t plan ahead. Here are a few steps to help you work with your designer and make your dream kitchen a reality.
Look at a lot of kitchens, because having an idea of what you like (or hate) is a great starting point for choosing the style and materials in your new kitchen. This critical step will help identify the decor that says “you,” so dive into those magazines!
Think carefully about new appliances
The size and shape of your appliances can have a direct impact on your renovations. For example, if you want a double wall oven, you’d better let your designer know or you may run into unpleasant surprises.
Set a budget
Having a budget for your new kitchen will be a big help to your designer, who can suggest designs in your price range. You’ll be able to rule out certain materials from the get-go and focus on the ones that suit your project best.
Once you have a concept and a budget, it’s time for your first appointment with a designer. What’s important here is to give your designer a clear idea of your tastes, needs, and objectives, so provide as much information as possible.
There is an ever-growing array of high tech tools that today’s designers can use to provide very detailed renditions of your future kitchen. With 3D drawings, showroom simulators, and colour plans, you can practically touch the cupboards and counters.
The work phase
This is the least fun step, but it’s obviously a crucial one. Once the old kitchen is gone and the new one is still on the way, things can get awkward! But it’s over in 4 to 10 weeks. Firing up the barbecue is both fun and practical, and so is eating out.
The work is complete, and your new kitchen is ready! Go over everything carefully. Now is the time for minor adjustments and any last minute replacements you may need. Once you’re totally and completely satisfied with absolutely every detail, give your final approval.
Enjoying your new space
They say good things come to those who wait, and the time has come to enjoy your brand new kitchen. Cook, savor, share, and truly relish your new environment.
Your efforts have finally been rewarded—and you can enjoy the magnificent results for years to come!
The talent and creativity of our kitchen designers, as well as their desire to satisfy customers, go well beyond experience and expertise.