Kitchen Remodel Beginner's Checklist | Where do I begin?
You're ready for your dream kitchen! Kitchen remodeling can be a little overwhelming, right? Don't panic - we're here to help. Let's take a look at the design process... one step at a time.
- Evaluate your current kitchen
- Look for ideas & inspiration
- Determine a budget
- Work with a kitchen design professional
- Design & planning process
- Relax & enjoy your new space
Let's take a look at each of these steps in more detail...
Step One - Evaluate your current kitchen
Before you begin any remodeling project it's important to evaluate your current space and determine how the remodeled room will be used.
Step Two - Look for ideas & inspiration
It's time to get inspired! Browse through the Dura Supreme photo gallery to determine which images best represent your personal style and taste. Check out Dura Supreme's Design Collections section, a photo gallery of design ideas that can be drawn from to reflect your unique lifestyle and passions. Don't panic if you are unsure about your design style. Your Dura Supreme kitchen designer can guide you through the entire process and help you identify the look and style that best reflects you and your family.
For more ideas - create a scrapbook or binder full of magazine clippings, fabric samples, and photos that catch your eye. Your Dura Supreme kitchen designer will work with you to identify the colors, materials, and design elements that appeal to you, from which a style will begin to emerge that will be the foundation for your plan.
Step Three - Determine a budget
Determining how much to invest in your new kitchen is one of the most important decisions you will make during the remodeling process. It's important that you determine a realistic budget for your remodeling project and be prepared to openly discuss your budget with your designer who will work hard to meet your needs and expectations.
Not sure how much you should invest in your new kitchen? Don't worry, your Dura Supreme kitchen designer will work with you determine a realistic investment figure for your new kitchen.
Step Four - Work with a kitchen design professional
Undertaking a design job - whether its remodeling an existing space, expanding to incorporate more room, or starting from the ground up can be a daunting task. You want your new space to function well for your needs, accommodate your lifestyle, and reflect your personal style. So how do you make the beautiful space you've been dreaming of become a reality? That's easy work with an experienced kitchen design professional.
Your kitchen designer is your partner in this process and will help you establish a budget and work within it, making selections based on product quality, aesthetics and guidelines that you have mutually determined. Not sure where to find an experienced designer? Be sure to visit our showroom locator to find an authorized Dura Supreme kitchen designer near you.
Step Five - Design & Planning process
Designing your new kitchen will take some careful planning and attention to detail. Expect to spend anywhere between one to three months in the design and planning process.
Your Dura Supreme designer will guide you through the entire process – including the styling choices to create a kitchen layout and look that’s perfect for you and your family! Allow yourself plenty of time to make your selections. Making selections early, rather than under time constraints, allows for comparison shopping and careful consideration of preferred features and budget considerations.
Step Six - Installation
When you are remodeling, you're investing a lot of time, energy and resources into creating a beautiful and functional room - and the end result will definitely be worth it.
But make no mistake about it. Kitchen remodeling can be very stressful. After all, you'll be living in a construction zone. It is possible, however, to survive all the sheet rock and sawdust. All it takes is some careful planning and organization to ensure your project goes smoothly and your life can stay as normal as possible. Your Dura Supreme kitchen designer will help you navigate through the highs and lows of the remodeling process and is there to guide you every step of the way.
Expect the unexpected! The bigger the kitchen remodeling project, the greater the potential for problems, such as lost deliveries, wrong parts, adverse weather, on-the-spot changes and more. But if you keep your cool, and stay calm and flexible, you'll be able to ensure the remodeling process still runs smoothly. And, finally, always remember to maintain a sense of humor. It's easy to get caught up in the inconvenience of the project, but look at the remodeling process as an adventure. Certain things are out of your control, so it's better to laugh than become angry.
Step Seven - Relax & enjoy your new space
Now that the kitchen is complete you can sit back, relax and enjoy your new space.