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Yes, you read that correctly. But I’m going to repeat that again just so you can be sure it wasn’t a big, long typo.
Ok, here you go: for a new kitchen this summer, start planning now.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!
Now that that the holidays are over and most of us have the decorations packed away until next year, it’s time to focus on the fact that the days will soon start getting longer, the weather warmer and plans of home renovations will be dancing in your head.
But start planning now?!
WHAT??????? SO SOON??
Is this just crazy talk from a flu-addled brain?
This is 20 years of experience and corroboration from dozens of my professional colleagues, both designers and contractors talking.
We live in a world in which we expect our needs and desires to be instantly gratified, or close to it. Renovating is one thing that can’t be done in a hurry without making a lot of expensive errors, or simply incurring unanticipated costs.
A great many of the renovation nightmare stories floating around are due to inadequate planning, unrealistic expectations or mistakes. Mistakes will always happen, as long as there are human beings involved, and just have to be dealt with before you drive on, but the the first two are preventable.
The very worst thing you can do is to hire a contractor and have him start working on the job before you have a detailed, WRITTEN plan in place, with drawings and product specifications. It would be like setting out on a major road trip without a map. And unless you’re a seasoned design professional, it’s inadvisable to think you can do it without some help. The kitchen is one of the most dangerous rooms in the home to remodel since you’re often dealing with gas, always with electrical wiring, and plumbing, which can destroy your home if done improperly. There are too many details that are easily missed (And getting advice from a friend or relative who renovated their kitchen last year, doesn’t count!). A grizzly design professional like me, has likely been involved in hundreds of projects (more than 250 in my case) and can advise you how to avoid the pitfalls and provide you with a detailed master plan that all the tradesmen can work from.
For a kitchen renovation that involves moving key elements like walls, plumbing and electrical as well as replacing the floor and re-designing the lighting, you should plan on allowing at least 6 months from the beginning of the design phase to the completed installation when you’re able to say your final good-byes to the trades people trooping through your home.
Does this shock you?
To better understand the process of a kitchen renovation, and even how complex a very small, simple one can be, read
and PART THREE,
of the posts I wrote about one of my smallest projects, which took 4 1/2 months from the first design consultation until the remodel was complete. That will give you an idea of why it takes longer than you might think, especially if the kitchen is large, the design is complex and there are lots of intricate design elements.
Plan for the worst-case scenario for the length of time it will take and if it doesn’t take that long you’ll be pleasantly surprised, but if problems arise and it does take that long, you’ll be prepared.
AND FOR GAWSH DARN GOLLY SAKES PEEEEEOPLLLLLE (this is a G-rated blog)……..DON’T PLAN A WEDDING OR BIG PARTY IN YOUR HOME FOR WHEN YOU THINK THE REMODEL SHOULD BE DONE! THAT’S A RECIPE FOR DISASTER!
(and don’t say I didn’t warn you)
For very detailed information on how to prepare for a kitchen renovation, get a copy of my Amazon best-selling book, Renovation Bootcamp®: Kitchen — Design and Remodel Your Kitchen Without Losing Your Wallet, Your Mind or Your Spouse in paperback or the e-book/workbook set versions. In it you’ll find checklists, questionnaires and templates to help keep you on track along with information that will help you save your sanity!
Get your FREE KITCHEN PLANNER, by signing up to receive my blog directly to your in-box and you’ll get immediate access. It’s gonna be fun, I promise!
And if you know someone else who’s thinking of doing their kitchen, please pass this post along! They might be shocked by the info, but if so, it’s a shocking they desperately need and it may save their bacon when an army of men are tromping through the house making a mess that looks like it will never end!
This year of 2014, is when you’ll be able to work with me digitally no matter where you live! Technology allows long distance design relationships which are cost effective for you and take less time and you can buy all the products you need, competitively priced online from vendors I’ve used for many projects. Watch future posts for the launch of
Renovation Bootcamp®: Online Design
And this year I will also launch the long-awaited Renovation Bootcamp® bathroom book on Kindle! My clients who have renovated their kitchens beautifully and successfully with the help of my kitchen book have been asking for it, so watch for the launch of it too. The full title is:
Renovation Bootcamp®: Bathroom — Design and Remodel Your Bathroom Without Getting Hosed.
2014 is gonna be a great year!
Ready, set, GO!!