Kitchen Remodeling Checklist

kitchenremodelingA major key to successful kitchen remodeling is identifying what you have and exactly what you want to change and how you want to change it. While that seems like a “no brainer”, homeowners more often than not, do not have a fully developed idea when they begin looking contractors to do their kitchen remodeling project.

Listed below are items or activities to consider as part of your kitchen design before kitchen remodeling project. Your goal is to anticipate how you want to use your kitchen and what will be included in your kitchen design. Do you want to be a “chef”, or an entertainer or just have your kitchen be a good focal point for your family?  With those considerations in mind, your kitchen design plans will be integrated into the kitchen remodeling project.

To help focus our clients throughout the process, we routinely review the following items to bring the final desired outcome into focus. This eliminates false starts and saves money for our customers.

Key Kitchen Remodeling Factors to Consider

  • Cooking
  • Food Storage
  • Dining
  • Equipment/Utensil Storage
  • Specialized Food Preparation Areas
  • Waste Disposal
  • Laundry
  • Secondary Media Center
  • Message Station
  • Mini-Office
  • Hobby/Craft Center
  • Plants
  • Entertaining
  • Mudroom
  • Traffic Hub

Enhance Your Kitchen Remodeling Project

Sometime focusing on a kitchen remodeling project can be too narrow, not taking advantage of the opportunity around the kitchen itself. When the focus is too narrow, there is a risk of the project being too limited. This can lead to “remodeling remorse” in that a homeowner will complete their project but, afterward, think of multiple options that could have been done in adjacent rooms, etc. If there are too many missed opportunities, is more possible the final outcome might be less than positive.

Brainstorming with family members, idea shopping using model homes, going to showrooms, home shows, surfing the internet, referencing magazines, books and catalogs are great ways to expand your focus. Be sure to include the following for upgrades or changes in your kitchen remodeling project.

  • Appliances
  • Cabinets
  • Plumbing fixtures
  • Ceiling treatments
  • Flooring
  • Countertop materials
  • Wall coverings
  • Lighting options
  • Window treatments

When you have defined the changes you intend to make, create concise descriptions of your kitchen remodeling plan. This very specific description allows you to get accurate estimates from kitchen remodeling contractors.

Without a solid plan, costs escalate and your budget may not be able keep pace. Sims Exteriors & Remodeling has a remodeling planning guide and contractor selection guide available to help you move forward confidently.

Sims Exteriors & Remodeling provides kitchen remodeling services to Madison WI, Cottage Grove, Sun Prairie, Deforest, Waunakee, Middleton, Verona, Fitchburg, McFarland, Stoughton and all other communities in south central Wisconsin.

Please call us a 608-825-4500 or email us and our kitchen remodeling team will help you define your kitchen design ideas in Madison WI.

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