Stage 1: Start with a Design Plan
You need a detailed, comprehensive plan, including everything from the refrigerator’s location to the direction of the cabinet doors to whether, or not, you need a spice drawer.
You can save money, and time, during the tear-out, and construction phase by using your home’s existing wall and kitchen configurations. This will allow you to keep electrical and plumbing systems intact which will eliminate the added mess, and expense, of tearing down the walls.
Fort Lauderdale-based Allied Kitchen and Bath’s vice president Joseph Feinberg, recommends using a professional designer. A certified kitchen designer or architect can ensure the plan designs are complete. You would pay 10 percent of the total project cost for a professional designer.
By hiring a designer, you can save yourself some of the headaches that come from lack of planning. In addition, a designer can help you save on the cost of the remodel since you won?t need to fix any issues and a pro can offer smart solutions that you may not even consider.
Most major home improvement stores will offer design help for a nominal fee. However, they expect you to purchase some of your appliances and cabinets from the store.
Stage 2: Order Appliances, Cabinets, and Lighting Fixtures
Appliances and cabinets are one of your biggest kitchen remodeling project investments. If your remodeling job is done in stages, you can order these items at any time after you complete the plans. You can store your remodeling project fixtures, appliances, diy storage shelves and cabinets in the garage or a spare room. It’s important that the room is free from moisture. When you reach that stage in the project, the cabinets and appliances will be available for installation.
It can take four to six weeks from the order date, for cabinets to be delivered. You may decide to use your old appliances if you can’t afford new ones. If you do decide to buy appliances or plan on purchasing them later, you should choose units that are the same size.
If you choose a larger size, make sure to design the cabinets around the larger appliance’s measurements. If you plan for the larger appliance, you can replace your current appliances when you can fit the purchase into your budget.
You can do the same for lighting fixtures. If you can live with older fixtures, you can save money by reusing what you have. For thin floor coverings, like linoleum and vinyl, the change may be imperceptible. However, if you have thick floor coverings like tile or wood, you should take the change of floor height into account by installing the new cabinets on shims.
After the remodeling job is done you can buy a new refrigerator, put in hardwood and tile, pull up laminate flooring, and replace inexpensive countertop. After the job is complete you can start doing any work you could not afford during the remodeling job.