- Assess the space for the remodel.
What is the primary purpose of the remodel; style upgrade or spacial change? Will this change increase the value of the home? Will this remodel be accessible to all members of the household?
- Set a budget.
One of the fastest ways to regret a remodel is to spend more than you can afford. Research the pricing on materials, labor and other specifics pertinent to your remodel.
- Quantify the room’s function and your routine within the space.
Who uses this room? What areas are used most often and for what reason? Determining the flow of traffic within a living space, for all members of a household, can prevent flow problems in the future.
- Gather ideas.
This is the fun part! Do some research on the internet and flip through your favorite home décor magazines and scout out some ideas. Getting a better idea of the look you’d like to achieve can not only help you narrow down the choices, but it can help your service provider achieve your vision as well.
- Find your service provider.
This can be one of the most crucial elements of your remodel. The quality of a service provider can make the experience a smooth and pleasant on or it can be a nightmare. Do your homework. Ask for recommendations from friends and family and ask your service provider for testimonials as well.
How to Measure your Kitchen
- You should start with the first wall on the left, work to your way around the room. Measure the overall length of each wall in your kitchen. If available, use grid paper to record all your measurements. This can help gage scale for the room.
- Make a note of all breaks in walls (windows, doors, closets) by measuring from the corner to the outside edge of the molding. You’ll also want to note any permanent fixtures as well i.e. appliances, air vents, etc.
- Although plumbing and outlets can relocated (in most cases) to account for a specific design, you’ll still want to measure to the center-line of plumbing, ducting and outlets.