Getting the kitchen of your dreams in your Portland, Oregon, home is an exciting prospect. It also can be a little overwhelming. Here are some guideposts to help you along that journey.
With a project this big, you’ll need to take sufficient time to think it through. What do you need? What can you afford? Who’s going to build it?
Probably the most important decision will be your choice of a general contractor or design-build company. That decision will involve quite a bit of research, but it will be worth it.
Once you’ve found the right builder and designer, it will be up to you to communicate just what it is that you’re looking for in your kitchen remodel. An architect or designer definitely will have ideas and know how to create reality from your dreams, but you’ll need to get your ideas across.
For most people, the cost of the project will be the main limiting factor in creating a kitchen of their dreams. So do what you need to do to figure out how much you can afford and how much you can borrow to get the job done. Before you get estimates from builders, take a look at Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report to get a ballpark estimate of the price of a kitchen remodel.
The report also will reveal how much of the money you spend on your project you could expect to recoup when you sell your home.
And here are some ideas on sources of financing for home improvements.
Probably the most fun part of the project is thinking about how you’d like your kitchen to function, how it would be laid out, and which special touches, appliances, and finishes you would include. Take a look through these blog posts for ideas and direction, both general and specific.
The hard truth about a major kitchen remodel is that the work will disrupt your life at home. But take heart and check out these strategies for making the project manageable. In the end, the upheaval will be worth it!