How to Remodel Your Kitchen

Of all the rooms in the home, few get the remodel treatment quite like the kitchen. After all, the kitchen is not only one of the home's most heavily-used rooms, it is also the one room that can add the most value to a home's market value.

If you're thinking about remodeling your kitchen, then there are certain things you should do to help ensure your project turns out a success. Here are nine steps to follow from Southland's builder of new homes in Georgia.

#1: What Do You Need In Your New Kitchen?

You're remodeling your kitchen for a reason, so what are you looking to change about your kitchen? What do you need in your kitchen so it can better serve your family's needs and lifestyle? Finding a layout that works best for you is the first step in designing and building a kitchen that works.

#2: Determine Your Budget

A kitchen remodel can be an expensive project, so you need to know what kind of budget you're working with. That said, don't be surprised if your budget and your plans change as you progress through the remodel. Sometimes, sacrifices have to be made to stay on budget. But, there's also a flip side to that coin as occasionally, you may find ways to save money so you can put more funds to the things you want in your kitchen. But, the entire process starts with having a core budget to work from.

#3: Research Contractors

Even if you're doing the remodel yourself, you will still need to find a builder for your cabinets and quite possibly, an electrician or plumber if you aren't comfortable doing that kind of work. So, before you start, you'll want to do your due diligence in researching local contractors and arrange their services accordingly so your project progresses smoothly and everything happens on time.

#4: Schematic Design Phase

The schematic design phase is an important one because it gives you a good idea of what your kitchen will look like once it's complete. This process involves sketches of the room's floor plan, cabinet layouts, and space planning. It will also pave the way for Step 5.

#5: Choose Finishes and Fixtures

One of the most exciting things about remodeling a kitchen is shopping for finishes and fixtures as these are the things that really complete the room and make it "pop." From countertops to lighting to cabinet hardware to your appliances and more, this is when you make the final decisions on what your kitchen is ultimately going to look like from a stylistic point of view.

#6: Finalize Design and Construction Documents

During this phase, you will finalize your design and construction documents so you can submit your permit application. These documents will also help your builder come up with a more accurate price for the job if you're not doing it yourself.

#7: Obtain Estimates from Contractors

Deliver the final plans to select licensed contractors so they can prepare estimates for your project. It is recommended to get estimates from at least three different contractors.

#8: Prepare for Demo

Roughly four to eight weeks after you submit your application for your permit, you can expect to get the green light. At this time, you'll start preparing for demo. This includes cleaning out the cabinets, putting things into storage, removing the appliances, and if you have the room, creating a temporary kitchen that will help get you through the building phase.

#9: Walk Through the Completed Job with Punch List in Hand

If you're having a contractor perform the remodel, then you'll want to do a final walkthrough with the contractor once the project is complete. Bring a punch list so you can check off everything you had included on your final designs. If anything was left out, missed, or installed incorrectly, make note of it and bring it to your contractor's attention so it can be fixed immediately.

A kitchen remodel is a significant project, so be prepared for mistakes and mishaps to happen along the way. Keep a positive mindset and prepare yourself ahead of time. This will make the process go much smoother and the end product more enjoyable.

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If you're moving to Georgia and you want a new home designed according to your exact needs, Southland Custom Homes can help. We're one of the top builders of custom new homes in Georgia and we have the experience you're looking for when it comes to a quality built home that's built on-budget and on-time.

With over 100 floorplans to choose from and an array of top-of-the-line interior appointments, Southland Custom Homes provides a huge selection of plan options and custom features. Southland Custom Homes will work with new homebuyers to alter specific floorplans so that the finished project is exactly what the buyer wants. If you are looking for a trusted builder of new homes in Georgia, then Southland Custom Homes will be sure to meet and exceed all of your expectations.

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