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9 steps to a kitchen remodel, from gathering design ideas through construction and final review  September 2, 2013 – 11:46 pm
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Step 6: Work on design development and construction documentsThis is the stage when you finalize the design and prepare final floor plans, elevations, details and, if applicable, mechanical and electrical drawings, lighting switch plans, and exterior elevations.

This is where your final permit set or Construction Drawings (CDs) come into play. It's important to have finishes and fixtures selected at this time, since this is what will be considered in the final pricing from the contractor.

You'll submit drawings for permits. These have a lead time, so check the timing with your local village. You'll need an architect, designer or licensed contractor signed up to finalize the paperwork and pick up your permits, so get ready to hire someone in the next step. I often find that we're submitting for permits around the same time or a little bit after we've placed the cabinet order, due to similar lead times.

Step 7: Get contractor estimates

If you don't already have a licensed contractor on your project, your next step is to find one to carry the project through. I always recommend to my clients to get at least 3 different contractor estimates. I like to do preliminary walk-throughs with the contractors once the schematic designs are done so we can get some ballpark estimates and find out if we're on the right track or need to pull back some to fit the budget.

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Step 8: Get ready for demo

The big day is upon us, most likely something like 4-8 weeks from when you submitted for permits. Time to get that schedule firmed up and plan on cleaning out the cabinets, putting what you don't need in storage and — if you're living in the house during construction — setting up a temporary kitchen so you don't lose your mind!

You may be moving out of your house temporarily, but most homeowners white-knuckle it and try to live in the house through construction. Preparation and organization can save your sanity.

Discuss the logistics ahead of time with your contractor. Will you meet once a week for updates? Will you have to be out of the house for certain tasks like demo or flooring? What about debris removal and dust? Are there any family allergy issues? What is a typical work day for the crew? Getting all this on the table beforehand can set expectations and make for a smoother ride.

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Step 9: Surviving the dreaded punch list

Once construction is over, well ... almost over ... there's always this annoying little list of items that are missing, wrong, or simply forgotten about. A missing light switch plate, a caulk line that shrank and pulled away from the wall, paint touch ups — small things like this, and sometimes bigger things like the hood doesn't work, or there's a big scratch in the newly refinished floor.

Sometimes the homeowner does the punch list. It can be as informal as an emailed list of items that need to be fixed or finished. I like to use a little form I put together that identifies the item to be fixed or finished, the responsible party and the date of completion. I send it to the client for review, changes and additions, and then off to the contractor.

It's inevitable that the contractor may have to make multiple visits back to the house

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I am looking for ideas to make my kitchen more environmentally friendly.
Of course I want to start with how much waste/trash I generate there. Secondly using utensil rather than electric when possible.
I heard about some cool countertop materials (post consumer glass) from a company called granite transformations They are supposed to be featured next wednesday on HGTV's Red Hot & Green show at 10 pm.
Has anyone worked with Gran Trans?

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Aside from the fact that it apparently wants to kill you (some of it may be radioactive), I hate granite because it is the avocado green of our age.
When I walk into a house that has cherry cabinets, stainless steel appliances and oh yes, granite countertops my first thought is: "these people have no class." They got all of their design ideas from HGTV.
The design world has moved on and while I will grant you that stone surfaces are here to stay I would advise the would-be remodeler to use something other than granite (or if you must use granite something other than shinny black granite) concrete, slate, soapstone, marble, various limestones, or just a different color other than freaking black granite

I would do electric right after the foundation

That way any upgrades to the HVAC, or any other draws on electricity won't cause a fire or other problems. Then look at the plumbing.
What I did in mine was fix up the livingroom, kitchen annd one bathroom right off the bat. Lived in the livingroom while I started on the master bedroom. When that was done, I started attacking the other rooms, one at a time. I did most of the work myself, except electrical, and that cut the costs way down. Home Depot and Lowes offer free clinics to teach you basic plumbing, tile etc. On the plumbing, do the work yourseld and pay a contractor to sign off on the work (if you can)

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It goes really well with the dining room and kitchen colors. I have found a couple of drips on the wood floors and I was trying to figure out how to get it off without taking the finish off the floor, too.

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