There are many details that need to be accurate when remodeling a kitchen, but this does not mean it has to be a difficult experience. Pre-planning is the key to helping everything run smoother. If you need a little guidance, here are several questions to ask yourself before you hire a home builder for your kitchen renovation.

What Are My Goals?

You never want to start any home remodel without establishing your goals. How do you want your kitchen to function? If you have a big family, it may be a spot to prepare meals, do homework and post notes. Do you enjoy cooking? You may want a space that gives you plenty of room for prep work, grilling and baking. It is easier to create a vision for your home builder when you know how you want to use your space.

What Is On My Wish List?

There are a lot of features you can add to a kitchen, and narrowing down your list will help you to understand what your priorities are and how you want to work your budget. Are you looking to add a window seat or upgrade your pendant lights? Maybe you want to incorporate a modern range that allows you to cook like a professional chef. You may be looking to install storage solutions such as a pull-out pantry or floating shelves. Start this process before construction begins so that you and your project manager have a clear picture of what must be included.

Where Should I Settle?

There likely may be a time when you need to compromise on certain parts of your project. You may have a lot of items on your wish list, but you need to make sure these items are going to fit your space and budget. One example is the large island on your list. If your budget is too tight or your space is too small, you may have to settle for the standard counters around your stove and sink or a smaller island prep station instead.

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How Do I Get A Functional Layout?

Whether you are preparing meals or entertaining guests, the layout of your kitchen should feel functional. You need to know where you are going to place your cooking zones, plumbing and electrical outlets. Figuring out where to place these elements makes it easier to choose a spot for your sink, counters and appliances. You also need to keep the amount of space between elements, such as your sink and outlets, in mind.

Do I Need Any Building Permits?

Permits are a part of nearly every construction project. Not obtaining the right permits can delay or even cancel your remodel, costing you time, money and a lot of frustrations. Your project manager should direct you about which permits are necessary and even help you obtain them. If they don’t bring this topic up, be sure to ask.

Who Should I Hire For This Project?

This leads to the final, and perhaps most important question to ask yourself before remodeling begin – who should I hire? Your choice in a general contractor can make answering all of these questions a lot easier and streamline construction too. At Alair Homes Phoenix, we always place the client first. Our general contracting team works side by side with homeowners like you, making it easier to realize goals while keeping budgets in mind. Sound appealing? Let’s talk. Contact us to schedule your consultation today.