How to Stay Sane While Remodeling Your Kitchen

Design Quartet at Ravinia

Design Quartet at Ravinia
A new kitchen can be fun and exciting to plan, but make sure to take the time to research and follow certain guidelines, says expert designer Steve Westlund. (Design Quartet at Ravinia)

Doing a kitchen remodel is both exciting and frustrating. Everyone fantasizes about their dream kitchen, but actually going through having one of the most important rooms in your home under construction, even short-term, can be tough. Here are a few tips to help you maintain your sanity during your remodel:

1. Choose a designer who you like not just because of the business they’re affiliated with, but because of who they are as a person. This is going to be a long term-relationship, so you need to find a kitchen designer that you can relate to and get along with. If you don’t like the first or even second or third designer you meet with, find someone else!

2. Familiarize yourself with your designer’s process. Just as dentists clean your teeth the same way every time, every kitchen professional will have a process and should let you know how they do it. A high-quality kitchen designer will have a design agreement that will be signed before any design occurs. Remember, a good kitchen designer will be able to get you a superior kitchen for less money than a designer with a “free” design.

3. Make a timeline and listen to your designer’s advice. They are professionals and know what a realistic timeline looks like. Sit back, relax, and be patient – your dream kitchen will take time to come to fruition, but it will be worth the wait!

4. Be prepared to tell your designer exactly what you want. What colors are you considering? What quality of products are you looking for – stock, semi-custom or full custom? What overall value are you looking for? What designs have you found that you like? Bring examples with you when you meet with your designer.

A kitchen remodel is a lot like baking a cake. It’s fun to make a list and buy all the ingredients, but if you don’t take the time to read your recipe and follow directions to put it all together, it doesn’t end up tasting very good. When you mix properly and follow the directions, it turns out perfectly. Remodeling a kitchen may not be fun all of the time, but by keeping these tips in mind, you will achieve the kitchen of your dreams!

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