Simplifying Complex Kitchen Remodels

There’s only one way to solve complex problems – come up with a plan. When it comes to remodeling your kitchen, a plan is exactly what you need.

The first step is to establish your priorities. To properly plan, spend at least six months researching, determining your budget, and deciding upon needs, wants, and potential issues. This saves the homeowner money, and the contractor time.

The kitchen is one of the most frequented rooms, so plan for heavy traffic. Leave plenty of space for you and others to get around. A recommendation for walkway space is at least 36 inches. Cooking space for chefs is recommended at 42 inches for a solo cook and 48 inches for multiple cooks.

For plumbing, install new fixtures at or near the existing piping. This saves the homeowner money on reconstruction and demolition costs. Eliminating those processes also prevents much of the dust and debris associated with remodeling.

Now what’s left is managing those contractors in your home. Keep a healthy relationship with them by communicating early and often. Remind contractors of your budget. Set ground rules from the beginning. Designate smoking areas, appropriate noise levels, and frequently stop by to check up on the team. Some homeowners will even install a whiteboard for daily communication between the homeowner and contractor.

Sounding like too much for you? Hire a designer to complete these planning steps. Designers typically account for 5% – 15% of total project costs.

These few easy tips can save you hundreds of dollars throughout the remodel. They will also save your contractor time, money, and most of all, frustration.


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