You’ve decided to remodel your kitchen. Now what? Not knowing where to start, many homeowners fall into two camps. Some start by looking at appliances. Others start by collecting inspiring kitchen photos. Sometimes a homeowner will find themselves in this stage for a year or longer before they start interviewing kitchen designers or contractors. Once you’ve simmered in this phase long enough and you’re ready to green-light a kitchen remodeling project, Follow the next 10 steps and give us a call.
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Here we’ll start with the first 10 steps and we’ll get into the nitty-gritty details under specific steps as we move through the complete workbook.
Step 1: Gather inspiration
This step is all about finding your style using every resource possible, including design books, ideabooks and photos, magazines and blogs. It can be organized and beautiful like a scrapbook or it can be filled with random, unorganized images. I actually prefer the latter, because I like to randomly stuff images into my folders and ideabooks and go back to them later on for edits.
Step 2: Explore your style
Do you like modern, classic, traditional, cottage — some sub-style in between? Do you want a white kitchen, a natural wood kitchen, or do you want some color? What about flooring? Most homeowners get overwhelmed when thinking about all these decisions at once — so don’t. Who says you have to? Just add those kitchen inspiration images to your folders without thinking about why you like it, and worry over the details later. It’s so much easier and more fun this way. This is also a great time to call us for a meeting with our designer or architect as well if that’s in the cards for your type of project. Some homeowners will hire Our design professionals right away to help them through the inspiration-gathering process. Those with the time and skill may choose to do it themselves.
Step 3: Research and plan
Ready to green-light that project and take the plunge? The best place to start is by formulating what’s commonly referred to as a scope of work and figuring out your preliminary budget. Both of these may be subject to change, so don’t feel like you have only once chance at this. Budget and scope are intertwined and often change many times during the design process as you become more educated and able to reconcile what you want and what you can afford. As a homeowner, you’re not expected to walk into this knowing what everything should cost. Remember, this is our job.
Step 4: Hire professional help if needed
Even if you’re going the DIY route, unless you’re building your own kitchen cabinets and doing your own electrical and plumbing, you’re going to have to work with a professional at some point. It may be as brief as leaning on your salesperson to help you in selecting and ordering your appliances or cabinets, but it’s something to plan on either way. Some people start by visiting big-box stores or cabinet showrooms where they can see everything. Many homeowners get referrals from friends or colleagues and start by hiring our architect or designer. Still others might work on their own. This step includes involves everything from contracts and permits, to space planning, budgets, product ordering and project management.
Step 5: Schematic design
This phase includes sketches, space planning, preliminary floor plans and elevations showing the layout and cabinet sizes. You’ll look at color studies and talk about finishes and fixtures such as cabinet color, flooring and tile options, color palette, backsplash and countertop materials. At this point you may be narrowing selections down to your top three. We try to keep our clients focused more on layout and space planning, even though the temptation is to talk about what the kitchen will look like, ie. fixtures and finishes. But we find that getting caught up in the look too early can distract from the space planning phase. Plus, you need a plan in order to figure out what materials will go where, and how many square feet you will need, and ultimately how much this will cost. Preliminary budget work can also be done at the end of this phase. We like to begin our interview process early and give our customers a preliminary drawing packet and scope of work so we can get some ballpark construction numbers. At the same time you can be sending out drawings for estimates on finishes and fixtures.
Step 6: Fixture and finish specification
Final selection of finishes and fixtures is made. This usually includes:
- Cabinetry construction type, doorstyle, finish and color
- Countertop material
- Refrigerators and other appliances
- Sink and faucet
- Light fixtures
- Decorative hardware
Step 7: Work on design development and construction documents
This is the stage when you finalize the design and prepare final floor plans, elevations, details and, if applicable, mechanical and electrical drawings, lighting switch plans, and exterior elevations. This is where your final permit set or Construction Drawings come into play. It’s important to have finishes and fixtures selected at this time, since this is what will be considered in the final pricing from us. You’ll submit drawings for permits. These have a lead time, so check the timing with your city. You’ll need us to sign up to finalize the paperwork and pick up your permits, so get ready to hire us in the next step. I often find that we’re submitting for permits around the same time or a little bit after we’ve placed the cabinet order, due to similar lead times.
Step 8: Get our estimate
On occasion, this step happens earlier in the process; it depends on the type of the job that need to be done. We always recommend to get the schematic & designs done so you can see exactly what you are going to get. Our exact price can be given only when we make a perfect model of what you want to have. Design packages starts at $500 call us for details- 713-922-5715
Step 9: Get ready for demo
The big day is upon us, most likely something like 4-8 weeks from when you submitted for permits. Time to get that schedule firmed up and plan on cleaning out the cabinets, putting what you don’t need in storage and — if you’re living in the house during construction — setting up a temporary kitchen so you don’t lose your mind! You may be moving out of your house temporarily, but most homeowners will try to live in the house through construction. Preparation and organization can save your sanity. We will discuss the logistics ahead of time with you. we will meet once a week for updates, You don’t have to be out of the house for tasks like demo or flooring, We will take care of debris removal and dust. We need to know if there any family allergy issues. Our typical work day for the crew is 8am-5pm. We always work on getting all this on the table beforehand, so we can set expectations and make it a smoother ride.
Step 10: Surviving the dreaded punch list
Once construction is over, well … almost over … there’s always this annoying little list of items that are missing, wrong, or simply forgotten about. A missing light switch plate, a caulk line that shrank and pulled away from the wall, paint touch ups — small things like this, and sometimes bigger things like the hood doesn’t work, or there’s a big scratch in the newly refinished floor.
Sometimes the homeowner does the punch list. It can be as informal as an emailed list of items that need to be fixed or finished. we like to use a little form I put together that identifies the item to be fixed or finished, the responsible party and the date of completion. We send it to the client for review, changes and additions, and then off to our general manger.
Time Required for a Kitchen Remodel An average kitchen remodel will take between 6 and 10 weeks depending on the scope and complexity of your project. Your construction team should establish and review the kitchen remodeling schedule with you before the
project begins. Consider using a firm that uses on-line scheduling to give you a real-time view of your project. The following outline shows the major steps that are a part of most kitchen remodeling projects.
Kitchen Remodeling Schedule
- Permit acquired
- Construction Schedule is established
- Water and gas are disconnected
- Electrical service for kitchen is disconnected if possible
- Dust isolation and protection for surrounding areas
- Path to dumpster established and protected
- Negative air-pressure is created to keep dust out of living area
- Electrical walk-through with client to confirm location of lighting, switch configuration etc.
- Plumbing for drains and water supplies are installed
- Heating completed
- Inspections for wiring, plumbing and framing
- Insulation is installed and inspected
- Existing cabinets and counters are removed
- Plaster stripped from walls and ceilings
- Walls and ceilings are de-nailed
- Finish floor is removed
- All remaining debris is swept and vacuumed to limit spread of dust during construction
- Wallboard and Plaster
- Interior trim
- Finish flooring
- Template is made for the kitchen counters
- Painting and other specialty finishes
- Counters are installed
- Finish plumbing and electrical
- Final cleanup and walk-through
- Walls are framed for new doors and windows
- Beams installed for enlarged openings
- Wall framing is inspected for level and evenness
- Evaluate floor framing and adjust if required
- Cabinet layout is established to guide plumber and electrician
- Cabinets are ordered
Understanding the major stages for your kitchen remodel will help you communicate with your construction team and understand when your new kitchen will be ready.