If you are considering a kitchen remodeling project or ANY remodeling project...my First piece of advice is to make a list of everything ...appliance, feature, material....that you think you want to include. Secondly research those products, brands, materials and make sure that "pretty is as pretty does" before buying or installing the product/appliance. Thirdly...if you are using outside contractors.....the plumber, electrician, HVAC specialist,...what is their experience...have they worked with this kind of material...how many years of successful experience do they have....do not use strictly on line reputations. On line is often an outlet for people to complain..they are out to ruin whoever they believe "did them wrong."
Do your homework...Let contractors make suggestions...not decisions.... ! In our experience both in building and remodeling....we always do our own homework FIRST. If you allow a contractor to do all the suggesting as to materials, style, design, brand, etc. without your researched input...you get THEIR remodeled room...not yours. You may miss the appliance or appliance features you really would have enjoyed...or the style of woodwork....the material used for the flooring....Contractors recommend what they know...and that may well not be your best choice...your taste....you have given them the power of your decision....Invest the time in the homework.
Go to retailers...wholesalers.....research materials, brands, designs on line...ask people you know who have done remodeling projects recently what things, materials, contractors, they would recommend ....be the Boss...you are going to live with the ultimate results ! Make a list of field trips you want to take to get that "live and in person" look at the things you will be purchasing...it is FUN....and a great way to break up the day...we sometimes took lunch time..Saturday morning...after "hours" (whenever that is) and made the time to see what we thought we wanted .....and have never regretted for a minute....the time it took....the exposure we got....and what we learned.
The "I don't have time ...I trust the contractor/designer" excuse may well get you the room/rooms that THEY envision...are more familiar with...but it may not be what you would have chosen if you had been an active participant. Go get an education on your remodeling investment....enjoy !
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