People are always surprised when they learn how much planning and decision making goes into renovating their kitchen. The details seem to go on forever! To ensure that your renovation goes smoothly, spend the time in the beginning – before the actual construction begins. An experienced general contractor or designer can be invaluable during this stage. They will guide you as you search through the many product lines available. Some of the things you will need to consider are:
- Floor plan – changing or keeping it the same
- Flooring – tile, stone, hardwood, vinyl
- Heated flooring
- Type and style of cabinetry – framed vs. frameless, species of wood, colour, crown molding, valences, glass fronts with mullions or without, etc
- Type of counter top – laminate, granite, marble, Caesar stone, hanstone, quartz, stainless steel, wood, tile, resin, concrete
- Type of sink and faucet
- A pot – filler for the stove
- Appliances – stove, oven, cook top, fridge, dishwasher, wine fridge, microwave
- Backsplash – stone, tile, stainless steel, granite, marble
- Lighting – pot lights, chandeliers, under-cabinet lighting
You will find that all of these decisions take time. Once your renovation starts, you will be without a kitchen for at least 2 weeks. It will be much easier if you assemble a temporary kitchen – a place for all of your dishes and cutlery, fridge, microwave, etc. Cleaning dishes in the laundry sink isn’t fun for long.
To ensure your renovation is on time, be sure that everything is decided and on site prior to starting. Manufacturers and suppliers will tell you it’s only a couple of days to order and receive a product, and at that time it’s probably true. We have started renovations before where the customer was promised cabinets would be ready and delivered during a certain week. Unfortunately they arrived three weeks later. The job was stopped.
Careful and thoughtful planning will ensure success!