Today we're welcoming Cindy Draper back to the Dunn Solutions blog to offer her expertise on everything to consider when planning a kitchen remodel. Cindy is the marketing manager for Canyon Creek Cabinet Company, a recognized leader in the kitchen and bathroom cabinet industry. Dunn Lumber is proud to offer fully customizable cabinets by Canyon Creek. Here's Cindy.
When it comes to creating a new custom kitchen, there’s a lot to think about before you start your remodel. Ideas can be simple or complex, budget-conscious or expensive, but no matter the scope of your project, it’s important that you enlist the help of a professional—whether it’s an experienced kitchen designer or a contractor with kitchen remodeling experience. Not only can these professionals advise you on the practicality of your ideas, but they can also ensure that the local building codes are properly incorporated into the design. Before you start your project, consider these important steps.
Plan the Space for Your Kitchen Remodel
Before you begin your project, map out and plan the work you would like to have done. Collect photos of kitchens, features, and materials you like from websites and apps such as Houzz and Pinterest (and from home design magazines). Decide on the color palette or theme, and include as many little details as possible to start—this will give the professionals more to work with to make your ideas a reality.
A remodel can be anything from updating kitchen cabinets and appliances to knocking down walls for expansion. When planning your space, consider the location of any gas, electric, or water sources if you plan on moving sinks or appliances. Also, design your kitchen with functionality in mind. Arrange kitchen cabinets, islands, sinks, ovens, and other appliances in places that will complement the way you and your family use your kitchen.
Budget for Your Kitchen Remodel
After you have an idea of what aspects you want to change, decide how much you are willing to spend remodeling your kitchen. Your kitchen design professional can help put realistic numbers to your expectations. Once you have a budget, try your best to stick to it and carefully monitor purchases throughout the process—things can add up quickly!
It’s also a good idea to budget for any unexpected expenses that may arise—like discovering that you have to replace electrical wiring or plumbing that wasn’t up to code, or wanting to add a feature that wasn’t part of your original plan. Whatever the case, it’s best to be financially prepared.
Visit a Cabinet Showroom
If you want to see cabinetry examples firsthand, visit your local Dunn Lumber cabinet showroom (available at their Lake Union, Bellevue, and Lynnwood locations) or a kitchen and bath showroom. Specialists will be able to walk you through the kitchen design process. You’ll also be able to see many different samples of materials and colors—and get ideas, too. It’s always nice to experience cabinets firsthand.
Hire a Professional to Remodel Your Kitchen
Hire a professional as soon as you can—even if you don’t have a perfect idea of what you want. That’s one of the many benefits of hiring a professional—they can help you figure it out and will be able to recommend all the products and materials that you will use. When finding the right professional for you, be sure to shop around for a reputable professional and check their references and reviews before committing. Note that the lowest quote will likely not be the best quality, so look for a professional that is the best balance of quality versus cost for your budget.
A kitchen remodel is an undertaking, but it’s a wonderful way to refresh your home and increase its value. Enjoy the process—and then enjoy the finished job.
If you'd like to read more from Cindy on the Dunn Solutions blog, visit Why You Should Use a Professional Designer for a Remodel, Cabinet Finishes: Factory, Small Shop, or Job Site?, and The Differences Between Stock, Semi-Custom, and Custom Cabinetry.