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How to Keep Your Sanity During a Kitchen Remodel

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

This post is really just a guide to the whole process of kitchen design, from dreaming about your dream kitchen, to understanding the process, to final installation.  The more organized you as a homeowner are, and the more research you do, the easier and less overwhelming your remodel will be.  When you have decided that a new kitchen (or bathroom) is in your stars, these simple steps will help you be prepared for the job in front of you!

1.  Begin by looking through magazines, books, websites, anything that you find that brings you inspiration.  Start a file folder with clippings of things that you love, even if they aren’t all kitchen related (paint chips, tile samples, flooring, etc. are all encouraged).  This will help your kitchen designer get a sense of your style.  Your kitchen designer should be up on all the latest products available and can make suggestions based on your style and, bringing us to our next point, your budget.

2.  Have a budget in mind and do not be afraid to discuss it with your designer.  A budget will help us understand what is realistic for you and guide you accordingly in the right direction for everything from countertops to cabinet boxes.  Don’t be shy about it.  The sooner everyone is on the same page, the better we can all work efficiently together. 

3.  Understand the services that your supplier offers.  Some suppliers just sell product.  Others do design work and consultations.  Others have a staff of installers that will complete the entire job in house.  Take to your designer about where your dealer falls.  Woodhill Supply sells product and offers free design consultations and services.  We would be happy to recommend a contractor that we have worked with in the past, however they will not be directly affiliated with Woodhill and often will price their work seperately.  Be sure to include the cost of materials AND labor in your budget.

4.  Take some basic measurements of your space to bring with you when you come in for your consultation.  Measure along the walls, and mark the widths of your windows and doors from the outside of the casings.  This will give us a preliminary floorplan to put on our computer and begin our layout.  We will come out and double check measurements as needed, and do a final measurement once we have hammered out our final design together.

5.  The whole process from start to finish can take anywhere from 8 weeks on up.  Find out estimated lead times for the items you are ordering to help you plan.  Hang-ups do occur, and it is important that you are realistic about your time frame.  When cabinets are delivered, do a “once over” checking for any damage BEFORE you begin tearing out your original kitchen.  This will save both you and your contractor a lot of stress.  Cabinets might need to be reordered, which unfortunately can take anywhere from 2-4 extra weeks.  Take into consideration that contractors have busy schedules, and keep them updated throughout the planning and ordering phase.  It is a good idea to bring your contractor along to a meeting if you are making lots of changes so that they can ask questions and give you an acurate estimate on time and labor.  We are always available to answer any questions that your contractor might have, and you should feel free to give them our contact information.

In terms of organization, it is very helpful to unpack things cabinet by cabinet into clearly marked boxes. This will make finding things easy while you are without a kitchen, and unpacking even easier because your familiar organizational system will be somewhat intact.

6.  Often times cabinets need to be installed before the countertops are even ordered.  Depending on the material you are using, there might be templating and fabrication time that will happen between when the cabinets are set and the countertops are delivered.  It is a good idea to plan on this time lag as it will give you the most precise countertop measurements, no matter what.

7.  Finally,  your remodel is complete!  Invite friends over and cook a memorable dinner in your new space!

We know that remodeling is stressful and will try our best to make the process go as smoothly as possible.  As a consumer, you have every right to ask as many questions as possible.  Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have!  The more we discuss, the less chance there will be for surprises down the line.  We hope that aside from the dust and inevitable mess that comes with a remodel, you enjoy the project and get involved!