Expert Tips: Planning Ahead for a Kitchen Project

Industry experts Stuart Elfland, president of Metropolitan, and Steve Sheinkopf, CEO of Yale Appliance, teamed up for a live webinar to discuss “How to Plan Ahead for a Successful Kitchen Remodel”. Below are some highlights from the conversation, and you can view the entire webinar recording here.

1. Being your own contractor is difficult

  • You need to hire a contractor in the beginning
  • The contractor can tell you what your space is capable of and what can and can’t be feasible
  • The contractor will give you a time frame of how long the project will take
  • The contractor will hire and coordinate all the subs
  • Insider tip: If there’s another room in the house you want to remodel, you should do it with the kitchen since you will have all the subs on site already A powder room or a laundry room require all the same subs as a kitchen project, so it’s efficient to do other rooms your’re thinking of renovating with the kitchen.

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2. Setting a budget is the most important step when beginning a project

  • Stuart recommends you make an “A List” and a “B List”
  • In the “A List” you get everything you want. If the “A List” is too much money, you go to the “B List”
  • You don’t want to say in the middle of the project “how did this become so expensive”
  • You should treat the kitchen project like and job and think about how to be successful at it

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3. The Value of a Kitchen Designer

  • A good designer is important to make sure the project goes well
  • Listens to your wish list
  • Plans around your budget
  • Explains the different cabinet and countertop options

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4. You need to explain your lifestyle

  • It’s important to be specific about your daily habits and family living
  • Describe your cooking style
  • Identify storage priorities, such as places for cooking utensils, including pots and pans, baking sheets, china, etc.
  • Identify your preferences around having small appliances seen on the counters vs hidden within cabinets

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5. Choose Appliances First

  • You need to choose the appliances in the beginning of the project
  • It impacts the whole design of the kitchen
  • Don’t have preconceived notions about the appliances you think you want – go in open minded
  • The great thing about Yale Appliance is they have 3 wonderful showrooms of what’s available

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If you want to know more about how to get started and “How to Plan Ahead for a Successful Kitchen Remodel”, contact us!