From budgeting, planning your design, and the actual remodeling process, a kitchen renovation can take weeks, sometimes, even months. So, if your kitchen is in desperate need of an update, the sooner you start planning the remodel, the better. Once you are clear on what you want to achieve regarding your lifestyle and kitchen aesthetics and have a clear vision for your ideal kitchen, the realization of the project can begin.
When beginning a project, one thing to consider is whether or not it's the right time to start. While there is never a bad time to do a remodel, spring and summer are ideal periods for a renovation to take place.
The Phases of a Kitchen Remodel
Budgeting Phase A well-defined budget creates a solid and secure ground to get on board of remodeling journey. Dividing and separating budgets for cabinetry, appliances, fixtures, restoration, flooring, and electrical work helps in having a clear picture and an overview of the process and phases. This will also allow you to divide the project into cost-based phases. Adding 10% to your overall budget for overriding and unexpected expenses is an idea that will save you some stress. Considering whether the appliances can be reused or replaced should be carefully considered in this phase as it will significantly impact the overall expenses. The same goes with the flooring; replacing the floor or restoring the existing one are crucial decisions in this phase.
Planning Phase This phase is closely connected to the budgeting phase as it depends on budget and scheduling constraints. However, carefully planning your remodel will allow you still to utilize the kitchen throughout the project. Do not underestimate the importance of setting the time frames for each type of work. For instance, restoration of existing wood flooring should not completely shut down your kitchen. On the other hand, replacing the kitchen floors can be completed in a day or two, depending on the size and layout of your kitchen, which is easily survivable for a family.
Design Phase The design phase is a crucial phase of every remodeling project. The design concept defines the final look of the kitchen with all colors, finishes and layout decided. Think of the kitchen concept as the ultimate guide in your kitchen remodeling process. Conceptualizing your idea and sticking to it throughout all the phases will determine the project's success, and it will minimize the hiccups along the way.
At Benchmark, this is where our talented design team shines. Through 3D rendering, we create a detailed virtual version of your room that you can explore from anywhere using a computer or mobile device. Your process isn't a one-and-done approach like other showroom experiences, and we take the time to ensure every detail will be complete to perfection. That means the rendering can be altered at any time until the design accurately represents your vision.
The Benefits of Remodeling in the Warmer Months Spring can awaken the interior designer in us, driving us to deep clean and strip our living spaces of unnecessary clutter until a feeling of a new beginning enters to fill the space. The warmer weather that comes into play makes this a great time to begin the remodel. However, spring temperatures can still range from freezing days in March to hot temperatures towards the end of May, but if your remodel is strictly an interior project, this will not affect the process.
The summer months are considered the ideal period to start a home renovation project. Warm, sunny days bring an abundance of natural light which is a great benefit to any renovation. In addition, a space filled with natural light reveals true colors and tones of all finishes, from cabinetry to wall paint, making it easier to work out the color schemes. On average, kitchen remodels typically span from six to eight weeks. During this time, your cooking space may be out of order for several weeks, depending on the scope of work. During the summer, you have options such as using the BBQ, picnics in the backyard or improvising an outdoor kitchen. The bottom line is that the warmer months can make this process smoother.
No matter the time of year, Benchmark is here for you. We will walk you through the entire process beforehand, allow you to plan, organize and adapt to the process, and make sure that your kitchen remodels finalized with as little disruption to your routine as possible.