- The clearer you are on your priorities and goals, the smoother and
shorterthe design process will be. The better the planning is, the more efficient the implementation. Following are a few tips for getting started.
- The clearer you are on your priorities and goals, the smoother and shorter the design process will be. The better the planning is, the more efficient the implementation. Following are a few tips for getting started.
- Gather information about what styles and products you like. Use kitchen and bath design magazines, remodeling magazines & online sources to find pictures of what you like (as well as what you don’t). A good online resource is Houzz.com (http://www.houzz.com/). On this
siteyou can create your own collection of pictures with notes about what you like & share it with your designer. Think about your priorities. Start this process about 6 to 8 months before you want the installation to begin.
- Consult with your family for their input on your kitchen and bath remodel plans.
- Come up with a budget so that your designer can steer you toward kitchen and bath products, options & places to shop in the area that will allow you to stay within it. A good starting point for budget costs is Remodeling Magazine’s Annual Report. Note: If you have a home built before 1978, you should be aware of possible additional expense due to EPA requirements for lead removal. See: the EPA’s website
- Consider how long you will live there. If it will only be for a few more years, you may want to consult with a realtor to determine what you can get out of resale. If you plan to live there & age in place, you may want to consider accessible options & better lighting. Other considerations may include
- If you have ideas for your kitchen or bath remodel layout, sketch them out.
Finishes: Cabinets, countertops, backsplashes and plumbing fixtures mixed in new and unexpected ways.
Appliances: Popular options: Commercial type ranges;
Cabinets: Wood cabinets remain popular, with dark finishes as one newer option, although white is still popular. Soft-close doors and drawers are becoming standard
Cabinet Storage: Trash/recycling pull-outs, spice pull-outs & roll-out & pull-out shelves are increasingly popular.
Countertops: Natural stone is still the #1 countertop material. Most in demand
Smart Technology: Internet and cable service to allow integration with computers; video; smart phones; tablets and appliances via WIFI. This integration is being used to pay bills; do homework; access email and recipes; play music; get service center alerts; start dinner and see who is at the front door