HOW TO GET STARTED PLANNING YOUR KITCHEN OR BATH REMODEL
By Gina Varela-Domenichini , Owner , Studio 38 Designs , Inc .
Most homeowners will tackle several renovation projects throughout their home ownership . Kitchen and bath remodeling always top the list .
But understanding how best to be prepared to communicate your goals , budget , and design preferences can be a challenge . Use this checklist to gather the input and inspiration to help you get started . Taking these first steps will help you achieve the best outcome with the least amount of uncertainty .
Step 1 . Establish your goals .
It doesn ' t matter if you plan to remodel a bath or kitchen ; knowing your objectives can help determine your budget and needs . It can also help you measure your success . Do you want more storage , gathering space , lighting , or increased square footage ? Make a list and prioritize your goals .
Step 2 . Gather your inspiration and curate your preferences .
We recommend using a tool like the Houzz Ideabook , a free tool available on Houzz . com . With the Houzz Ideabook , you can save photos , professionals , discussions and stories to an Ideabook . You can also control your Ideabook ’ s privacy , sharing , and collaboration settings .
Step 3 . Determine your budget .
Budget planning for a kitchen or bathroom remodel is often considered the most challenging step . Refer to your list of priorities ( step 1 .), review your curated preferences ( step 2 ), and assign a dollar value for each critical project parameter . If the return on your investment is a priority , we recommend researching cost vs . value for your remodel project . This is determined by the cost of your remodel project vs . how much the investment will improve your home ' s resale value .
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