Where to start? Start by contacting your interior designer or kitchen designer. In this initial phone call be prepared to discuss some your thoughts. When preparing for your first call with your remodeler or potential remodeler, here are the most important things to have ready:
Your Budget: You might not know what your remodel job should cost, but you probably know about how much you can afford to spend. Having a range for your budget right from the start will help your remodeler know which materials and supplies are possibilities and which are out of reach, creating a better communication process and more accurate project plan from the get-go.
Approximate Measurements: How big is that room? Don’t just guess, find out! Break out that measuring tape and measure each wall. No, you don’t have to have it down to the millimeter, but a rough idea of your room size is a huge help on that first call, saving you an extra call later!
Goals & Priorities of Your Remodel: Put together an effective description of what you’re going for overall – a comprehensive list of what you’re hoping to change or create. Use sites like houzz to gather and articulate ideas. Then select the top few priorities from that list as well. Not sure how to decide what’s most important? When you imagine that new kitchen or remodeled bath, which items can you absolutely not live without?
What can the designer bring to the table?
Kitchen layout: If you want to make the most of your kitchen remodel, then definitely clean the slate with regard to layout. Hire a designer to create a brand new layout that optimizes space and brings in all your wants. If you’re looking to keep costs low, then keep your layout as-is. Don’t move plumbing or appliances. Don’t add in lighting fixtures. The more it stays the same, the less you will pay.
Lighting: Recessed lighting. New, unique lighting fixtures. The sky’s the limit when it comes to opportunities to bring in style and class with lighting. To keep costs low here, as stated above, do not add additional lighting and find deals on new fixtures at your local big-box hardware store.
Cabinets: Nothing makes a kitchen stand out more than custom cabinetry. These cabinets fit the space and also meet your storage desires.
Appliances: Professional appliances, such as restaurant-grade stoves and hoods, can quickly become the crown jewel of your home. You can create a statement with your appliances in other ways that do not require the same financial investment, however. A well-designed kitchen can make any new appliance shine.
Countertops: Stone countertops, including granite, are the most popular option for new kitchen counters. These countertops come at a premium, however. Low-cost countertop alternatives include laminate countertops or counters made of ceramic tile.
Flooring: Premium kitchens have beautifully handcrafted wood floors, stone floors or specialty tiling. Turn to vinyl for a more affordable flooring alternative.
Backsplash: Custom mosaic ceramic backsplashes add so much personality to a kitchen. They are also one of those high-end kitchen remodeling projects that can quickly increase your budget. To avoid the larger prices tags, opt for pre-made options at your local hardware store, or lower your costs even greater by going with vinyl instead.
Additional touches: If you’re looking for a more upscale kitchen remodel, consider additional personal touches and high-end finishes. Examples of this include upgrading an island, choosing a bronze kitchen sink, adding in crown molding, or finishing your cabinets with specialty hardware.