Creating the Ultimate Dream Kitchen
posted Apr 25 2018
Read our guide to creating the ultimate dream kitchen that will make your home feel like a home again
How to Create the Ultimate Dream Kitchen
Who doesn’t want a dream kitchen? The kitchen is the heart of the home, and as such, needs to be functional and aesthetically-pleasing or you and your family may not want to hang out in this space.
A kitchen remodel is the number one remodeling project completed in a home. If you are looking to remodel your kitchen, you may find yourself wondering how to design a dream kitchen. Here are seven steps you should follow when you are looking to get the kitchen of your dreams.
Step 1: Start By Compiling Dream Kitchen Ideas
Before your dream kitchen can be constructed, you first must decide what you want in your dream kitchen. Compiling ideas helps to show you what options are out there and helps you to pick out what most interests you.
Are you looking for certain types of cabinets or countertops? Do you want certain features within the space? Are there certain finishes you are looking to incorporate into your dream kitchen?
Each and every person has a different idea as to what their dream kitchen consists of. Start compiling ideas from places like magazines and Pinterest so you can begin to find and pull dream kitchen ideas that have the most allure to you.
Step 2: Find Ways to Maximize Your Layout
Kitchens vary in shape, size and dimensions. As such, what increases functionality and space in one kitchen may not do the same in another kitchen.
As you design your dream kitchen, you want to find ways to maximize the space you have through both the layout you select and the items you include in the new kitchen.
Some of the items that can be used to maximize the space and functionality in your kitchen include:
- Ceiling height cabinets for increased cabinet space
- Islands for increased countertop spaceRecessed lighting to make a space seem taller
- Wall to wall cabinets to use up all of the wall space in a kitchen
- Cabinets with hidden functions, like space racks or lazy Susans
Selecting a great layout and selecting items that increase the functionality of a kitchen help to ensure that all of the space in the kitchen is put to use. This gives you both the storage space and the workspace you need to truly make the kitchen the heart of your home.
Step 3: Select the Right Contractor
Once you have ideas in mind and a layout in place, it is time to hire a contractor to help make your vision a reality. This may seem like an easy task, but selecting the right contractor has a direct effect on the price you will pay for the completion of your dream kitchen, how much time it will take to complete and the quality of the workmanship.
As you go about selecting the right contractor to transform your current kitchen into a dream kitchen, you will want to meet with at least three different contractors to get quotes and to learn about them. This will give you the opportunity to learn about the company and decide whether you want to work with them on your remodeling project.
Some of the questions you should ask when you meet with a contractor include:
- Are you licensed?
- Do you carry insurance?
- How long have you been in business?
- Do you carry any accreditations?
- Do you use sub-contractors or only in-house employees?
- Do you have references and can I talk to them?
- How much do you think my project will cost to complete?
- Are my wants realistic compared with my budget and amount of kitchen space?
Once you have found the company you are happy with, you will sign a construction contract with them to begin work on your dream kitchen.
Step 4: Settle On the Details
After signing a contract with a construction company, you will sit down with the company or a building supply company and settle on all of the finishes for your space.
This is where you will pick out the type of cabinets, countertops, light fixtures, backsplash, sink and faucets and flooring you want for the space.
It can be overwhelming, but sticking to the color schemes and textures within your dream kitchen ideas and sticking to your budget will help you select the right materials for your dream kitchen.
Step 5: Get the Permits You Need
At this point in time, it is almost time to start the building process. But before that can happen, the construction company must first obtain any permits that are needed.
The exact permits that are needed for a kitchen remodel project vary based on the city, county and state that your home is located in. A great construction company knows what permits to pull and will pull them on your behalf.
Step 6: Start the Building Process
After permits are pulled, the building process can finally begin.
The first step in actually building your dream kitchen is demolition. This involves removing old cabinets, countertops, and flooring. If it isn’t being refurbished or reused, it is removed.
Once the space is demolished, the new kitchen can be installed.
Step 7: Complete the Building Process
The last step in the kitchen remodeling project is to complete the building process.
As the project comes to an end, a contractor will have you do a couple of walk throughs. This is your opportunity to point out any potential issues you see, such as uneven paint lines or missing electrical plates.
The construction company will finish up the work and make the repairs or corrections requested.
By the end of the process, you will be left with a dream kitchen that is everything you hoped it would be and more.
When you are looking to remodel your kitchen in the greater Atlanta, Georgia area, turn to Remodeling Expo Center. We can help you get the kitchen of your dreams, helping you from start to finish.
Give us a call today to discuss your needs or to schedule a time for us to give you an estimate.