Congratulations, you have decided to remodel your kitchen, but you probably don’t know where to start. Some homeowners start off by shopping around for appliances, while other homeowners look at photos of kitchens. Some Naperville homeowners want to have more room and others want to upgrade their kitchen. Without the help of a general contractor, homeowners can get stuck in the exploration stage a for a good year or even longer. If you are in need of kitchen remodeling in Naperville, look no further.
If you reach the point where you are done thinking and are ready to get your kitchen remodeled in Naperville, then you might be wondering what to do now. Do not worry because BGH Construction has all the tools and staff you will need to get through the remodeling process. As your general contractor, we will take care of space planning, design, blueprints, budgets, contracts, permits, ordering products and managing your project right from the beginning to the very end.
Naperville Kitchen Remodeling Process
1. What Do You Need – The first step is to think about what you need. Take the time to consider how you use your kitchen and what kind of layout you want. Gather ideas from various resources, including reviewing our portfolio for design ideas. Our knowledgeable staff is ready to assist you in any way.Consider your priorities. For example, consider how many people will gather in the kitchen on a regular basis. Perhaps an addition is a good idea, or you can modify the layout of your current kitchen to meet your needs.
Consider your priorities. For example, consider how many people will gather in the kitchen on a regular basis. Perhaps an addition is a good idea, or you can modify the layout of your current kitchen to meet your needs.
Start looking at photos of kitchens that have features you want and save those photos. Eventually, you will have a good sized collection of ideas. It’s up to you how you want to organize the photos. The important thing is to save as many photos as possible.
2. Research And Plan – By now you’re probably ready to take the plunge. This is when you want to figure out what your budget is and what the scope of the work is like. Both of those things may change further down the road, so don’t stress out thinking you have only one shot at this.Budget and the scope of work usually change throughout the process. There’s nothing wrong with that.
Budget and the scope of work usually change throughout the process. There’s nothing wrong with that. Remember, clients are not expected to know exactly how much the entire project will cost, so think of this as a learning process. As you progress through your project, you will learn more about your options. You can always make changes to budget and scope as you go along.
3. Hiring a General Contractor – Hiring a general contractor means that remodeling your kitchen will run as smoothly as possible. BGH Construction will handle all aspects of your project from beginning to end. We understand that our clients lead busy lives. We’ll take care of every detail of your kitchen remodeling project, big or small, so you don’t have to. Your satisfaction is our priority.
4. Design – This phase of the project includes preliminary floor plans, space planning and elevations that show the layout, as well as the sizes of the cabinets. Many people choose to focus on the layout and space planning. Although there are other things that can distract homeowners, they should try to remain focused on space planning more than anything.
Also, a plan needs to be created so you will know how many square feet is needed, where materials will go and how much everything is going to cost. Your general contractor will develop a preliminary design packet and an idea of the scope of work involved. Your contractor will also send out drawings for estimates on items such as fixtures and finishes.5. Finish And Fixture Specification – During this process, you should have been saving photos and by now you should have plenty of pictures in your folders and
5. Finish And Fixture Specification – During this process, you should have been saving photos and by now you should have plenty of pictures in your folders and idea books. You should know what kind of style you want and you should know what kind of materials you want to use. With that said, you will need to figure out what kind of finishes and fixtures you want.
Some of the fixtures and finishes people should consider include flooring, backsplash and decorative hardware. Kitchen sink, kitchen faucet, and light fixtures should also be considered. Others include refrigerators, other appliances, and materials to be used for the countertops. We understand that making these decisions can be overwhelming. Our knowledgeable staff is always available to help and support our clients in any way.
6. Design Development And Construction Documents – This is when we will prepare the final floor plans, details, and elevations. In order to get a permit, your contractor will submit an application with drawings and specifications of the space.
7. Final Estimates – Before the project begins, we will compile final estimates and handle any changes with a trade walk-through.
8. Demo Day – The big day is almost here and the chances are it will come quicker than you realize, so you’ll want to clean out the cabinets and throw away stuff you don’t want and store the stuff you do want. It might be a good idea to set up a temporary kitchen. This may take a bit of work, but if you don’t want to lose your mind, then you should do it.
If you’re moving into temporary housing for the time being, then you will still want to prepare yourself for the big day. However, many people actually choose to stay in their home throughout the duration of the project. The choice is completely up to you.
Before the big day arrives, you’ll want to discuss logistics with the contractor. You want to know how often you will receive updates and whether or not you have to leave the home during certain parts of the process. You want to learn as much as you can about what goes on during the process, so meet with your contractor and ask about logistics.
9. Surviving The Punch List – When construction has finally been completed, there’s bound to be a few things that have gone wrong or that you’ve forgotten about, but you don’t usually have to worry because many things are small. For example, there may be a few light switch plates missing or one of the walls needs a quick touch-up.
Sometimes the client decides to send themselves a list of items that have to be fixed, and they do this via email or they write down everything. Some people like to keep very detailed notes. The way you do the punch list is up to you, but one thing is for sure and that is you will likely notice missing things or have to fix something small, but this isn’t always the case.
There’s a good chance the contractor will have to visit your home multiple times in order to fix a few things, so be prepared for this to happen. As always, only work with a trusted Naperville kitchen remodeling expert.