7 Tips for Planning a Luxury Kitchen Remodel
Planning a remodel can seem like an overwhelming task. However, if you break it down into several, smaller pieces, what was once a burden becomes a manageable, exciting process! Here are our 7 tips for planning a luxury kitchen renovation without losing your marbles:
- Do design first. I’m not talking about paint colors or tile, but spatial planning. Meet with your builder or an architect to discuss where everything will be laid out, from islands and perimeter cabinets to coffee bars and pantries.
- Take inventory. This goes hand in hand with spatial planning: take a (somewhat exact) count of your dishes, silverware, cooking and baking supplies, and anything else you want to have space for in your new kitchen. This allows your cabinetry design to be truly custom – after all, it’s personalized to fit your exact belongings!
- Pick appliances second. Appliances are the life force behind your kitchen, so it makes plenty of sense to get them chosen as early as possible. Plus, if you choose a 60” Wolf Range when your cabinetry design had originally allotted for a 48”, choosing appliances early in the design process means your blueprint can be revised easily.
- Select finishes third. Getting your decorative finishes like tile, countertops, hardware, and lighting and plumbing fixtures selected before the job starts can help to eliminate cost variances in your allowances. Plus, if you absolutely love a lighting fixture but it has a 16 week lead time, getting it ordered before the project starts means you can have your dream pendant without worrying about construction coming to a halt.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. When it comes to selecting finishes, don’t hesitate to call on the help of an interior designer. With the seemingly endless number of options available, seeking the advice of someone whose job requires that they stay up to date with trends and high quality materials can be a life saver. Don’t know of any interior designers? It’s likely that your builder has some on staff or can recommend someone they know and trust.
- Set up a temporary kitchen. Yes, food delivery services help to make a kitchen remodel livable, but keeping a toaster and a coffee maker and a small arsenal of dishes and foodstuffs on hand in a designated “stand-in kitchen” is key to making sure your life isn’t completely interrupted by your renovation.
- Take a step back when construction starts. It can be so tempting to micromanage your remodel, but allowing your contractor to take the reins can be stress-relieving for you and your family. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask, but try to avoid being a “helicopter” that’s always hovering over the construction site.
Most importantly? Don’t forget to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Being able to spare the time and money it takes to create your dream kitchen is a unique and exciting privilege. Yes, the process can be stressful, but the end result – a kitchen that is quite literally made for you and your family – is undoubtedly worth it.
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