You & hubby keep thinking that you would like to update your old kitchen, after all, “harvest gold” went out in 1981.
“....It costs too much”
“It will be a big mess...”
…..It will take TOO long”
“We don't really even like to cook!”
People get overwhelmed by the thought of a remodel. Remember it is a PROCESS.
Let's break it down in “bite size” pieces. Look at what you really want/need in a new kitchen. You want a cosmetic change, sure, but most need storage. If you have lived in this home for a while, you have accumulated more dishes, pots & pans & kid’s stuff & probably (with kids) wine glasses.
Look though Pinterest, save photos you like. Make a list of what you have, cookie sheets, trays, etc. to plan for storage at your fingertips. Look at your finances. Are you getting a home equity loan? Savings? Secret bank account?
The kitchen is not a room to scrimp on. Yes, it is the most expensive room in the home, BUT it is the one that gets the most use AND kitchens sell homes! Depending on your real estate market, expect to recoup 67%-95% of the costs.
Interview remodelers. A good remodeler will be able to give you a good estimate on cost, time frame. Keep in mind, if they are good, at a good price, they should be booked out a few months. Plan on that to get financing (if needed), plan the features you need and the cosmetic appeal of your new kitchen.
They can come from Angies List, Home Advisor, or ask a trusted friend. Look for reviews on Houzz, Google, or Facebook. Asking for references is not reliable. They will never tell you about unhappy, clients. Only their (maybe few) happy ones!
At our business, Premium Cabinet Studio, we have a few, trusted, vetted contractors that we work with and will refer our clients to.
Some remodelers can do the work, or a major portion with one week. Most remodels will have your kitchen done within 2-3 weeks. Many make a “make shift kitchen in the garage, or basement. I told a client last week it’s like having a baby... a lot of work, pain, but seeing the newborn kitchen for the first time makes it all worth it!
OR... do as my friend Debbie did. She and her hubs took a 3 week trip to Paris during her kitchen remodel. Nice, huh?
My hope is too inform you...inspire you... because I always want you to Love Where You Live!