Kitchens are the heart of the home and where memories are made, which is why they are one of the most remodeled rooms in houses across the country. With constant foot traffic, everyday use, growing families, and changing technology, they’re also the spaces that are most in need of updating. After years of Thanksgiving dinners, bakeoffs, and trying to find that perfect spaghetti sauce recipe, it’s no wonder your Willowbrook kitchen is probably in need of a major makeover. Read on for our complete guide on how to tackle your own full kitchen remodel near Western Springs, as well as our own approach to the job.
Before You Call the Kitchen Experts
You probably have some idea of what your perfect kitchen looks like, as well as photos of kitchens that inspire you or a style you prefer? Those will be invaluable. We like to use Pinterest to search for ideas, and we share our own kitchen renovation projects there as well. One good exercise is to think what do you use your kitchen for the most? Make a list (in order of importance) of everything you want in your kitchen, as well as what you don’t. This could range from more storage space to an island for more seating or task lighting for cooking.
Think about your concerns with your current kitchen as well, such as not having enough space for food preparation or a lack of outlets for appliances. Every detail helps! And finally, you’ll want to have a clear idea of what your budget is. Once that’s done, it’s time to contact the kitchen designer you want for your kitchen remodel.
The Planning Stage
When meeting with a kitchen designer, they’ll want to see the room they’re working with first and foremost. At Meeder Design & Remodeling in Elmhurst, we offer complimentary in-home consultations to get a real sense of your space and your needs. Meeting in person also helps the designer to get a feel for your tastes and how you envision your future kitchen.
Once you go over your vision, the designer will compile a to-do list. They’ll head to the drawing board and create a concept design, while consulting with architects, engineers, project managers, and contractors. As the puzzle starts to come together, you’ll be able to see a mood board, drawings, and/or 3-D renderings of the kitchen design. When you’re satisfied with the results, you’ll receive an itemized estimate of the cost. Then you can get into the specifics with the designer, such as picking out colors, tile, countertops, hardware, appliances, and cabinets. At this time, permits will also need to be applied for. Then it’s time to get started!
What to Expect During Construction
Your project manager will provide you with a work schedule and all the details you need to know about each step of construction. In general, the construction team will be responsible for making sure your space is ready, which includes any necessary safety precautions. It’s no secret that construction is a messy business, so it will also do you well to cover furniture in nearby rooms to protect it from wandering dust.
During the construction phase, get ready for some noise! The crew will be working in daytime, and the project manager will be on site every day to monitor progress and make sure your kitchen remodeling is running smoothly. If you’re removing items like cabinets, tile, appliances, or hardware, you can give the team permission to donate these to charities and salvaging companies like Habitat for Humanity or Reuse Depot.
Wrapping Up Your Kitchen Remodel
Once construction is complete and everything has been installed, your new kitchen will be ready to go! Since your satisfaction is always a priority, follow-up meetings between you and the designers or project managers will ensure a smooth conclusion to your project. Meanwhile, the construction team will be there to clean up the site and make sure everything is ready for moving in. After all that work and planning, all that’s left to do is call your friends and host a housewarming party for your brand new kitchen!
How the Pros Can Help
Sometimes a DIY remodeling project can snowball into something that’s too much to handle on your own – that’s where the pros come in. You’ll especially want to work with professionals if you’re considering taking out a wall or two to create an open floor plan. The best course of action is to consult a turnkey business that knows the right subcontractors, permits, and codes to ensure a headache-free kitchen remodel.
Important Things to Keep in Mind
- To avoid unnecessary stress, look for an all-in-one, turnkey remodeling business that will coordinate all aspects of your project from beginning to end.
- Depending on the scale, materials, or permits required, a kitchen remodel can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 3 months.
- If you’re doing a full kitchen remodel, you’ll also need to find an alternative for preparing your food. Many people like to set up a table in another room with a microwave for easy meals.
- Have pets? Remodeling your home can be very stressful for them. It may be in their best interest to let them stay with a friend or neighbor during the day until the bulk of construction is done.
- Communication is key. Make sure your project manager knows about any changes to your schedule, budget, or anything else that could influence the remodeling process.
When kitchen remodel is complete, share it with us in the comments or on our Facebook page. We’d love to see the final results!