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It’s All in the Planning

It’s All in the Planning

 So the time has come, you and – hopefully – your significant other have decided, to finally plan that new kitchen you’ve been talking about. The time for talking is over, and now the time for planning has begun. So where to start?

At times like these, it’s usually a good idea to set things down on paper so that you can see the details, laid out in front of you, and begin revising, editing, re-thinking, and so on. (And so on.)

Let’s go through a few items which need to have a place on your checklist:

  1. Select a cabinet dealer and a kitchen designer to work with. Look around carefully. Check references. Look at previous work. Just as a good cabinet dealer and designer can be integral to the success of your project, a bad one can cause you headaches and money.
  2. Once you’ve selected your designer, have some measurements done and sketch up a preliminary design. Nothing too detailed; just something to start with.
  3. Start thinking about the types of flooring, lighting, doors, etc. that you want to go with. No firm decisions are necessary. You want ideas to play with.
  4. Appliances, sinks, countertops. All of these will be coordinated with the decisions from #3, so early planning helps.
  5. Once your kitchen has begun taking shape, it’s time to shop! This is going to be your first outlay of real money, and so you’re going to have to fight off the anxiety, do some heavy decision-making, and spend, spend, spend. By this time, your design should be as close to finalized as possible and all major design and décor decisions made.
  6. Once the construction and installation begins, things happen quickly; the better prepared you are, the smoother things will go.

With a little bit of luck, a lot of hard work, and some true dedication to planning, implementing your new kitchen doesn’t need to be a traumatic experience. And when it comes to finding a designer who is both reputable and capable of helping you fulfill your dream, remember the National Kitchen & Bath Association, a group of fine professionals who put quality first in all their work. Visit the Georgia Chapter of the NKBA at their website at www.nkbaga.org.

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