With so much to keep track of in a kitchen remodel, where do you start? If you’re remodeling a kitchen for the first time, it can be daunting to jump in head-first. It’s important to set aside adequate time for planning and preparation. From setting a timeline to pulling building permits, a remodeling project requires you to do certain things that you might not even know about! EHL has created a FREE Kitchen Remodel Checklist to help guide you!
One thing we know, it’s always important to create a budget in order to have a well-thought-out plan!
Knowing how much you’re willing to spend from the outset will give you realistic expectations about what you’re able to accomplish and start your project on a solid foundation. If you don’t know from the outset how much you are willing to spend, having an initial idea of your budget will help you focus on planning realistic goals. With an unlimited budget would come unlimited choices, and it would be difficult to make any choices!
The kitchen should reflect your lifestyle. It should accommodate:
- Your Cooking Needs
- Provide the type of space you need for dining
- Offer Storage
Kitchen Remodeling Considerations:
Size of the Space - The size of your kitchen will dictate the layout: Ask yourself... Is there room for an island? Does space allow for a prep sink? Where can you squeeze in extra storage?
Existing Layout - Don’t feel married to your kitchen’s existing footprint.
Infrastructure - Depending on the age of your kitchen, you might confront electrical or plumbing concerns as you remodel.
Homeowner’s Lifestyle - Ask yourself these questions... How will you use the kitchen? What type of cook are you? How do you entertain? You can even identify kitchen likes/dislikes to help!
Budget - Decide where to save and where to splurge. It's important to set a realistic budget.
As you can see, a lot of factors play into remodeling a kitchen. Luckily, EHL’s FREE kitchen remodel checklist will help provide a basic road map to help you think ahead toward your upcoming project. Print it out, fill it in and use it as a guide!
You can also download our complete Home Renovation Guide here. Inside you'll find:
- Quick guide on the renovation loan process
- Remodeling checklists to get your dream projects organized
- Tips on choosing the right contractor for you
- Ideas for budgeting
- Right down to the financing options available
Watch our Renovation Video here to learn everything you need to know about Renovation Loans and the Simple Process!