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Nov 19, 2013

Building Your Dream Kitchen

When we talk about our "dream kitchen", we are certainly not referring to a dream we had during our sleep right? Or at least that's what I think. Besides, I have never met anyone that has experienced such a thing (have you?). Two things; why do we refer to it as a "dream kitchen", and how do you actually build it without falling asleep?

We don't just jump out bed one morning and say "I had a dream... with my kitchen... it was beautiful". No. I don't think so. Labelling it as your "dream kitchen" is really only a selling technique.

Building your dream kitchenAny remodeling project is something personal to you and your family. Something that goes in-line with your wants and needs. It's the need to feel more comfortable in your home. It's the desire to improve your home and living space. It's the temptation to make your home feel warm and cozy with a touch of elegance (to show it off when you have family and friends come over).

I like to think about all this instead as "building your own dream kitchen". Think about this for a minute. This is a project that you are not likely to experience for a long, long time, so you want to be involved in every step of the way. This will make it more dear and close to your heart. The design aspect is crucial of course, but the planning stage is even more critical to the final outcome. If you take the planning stage seriously, you are more likely to end up with a product you can actually refer to as your dream kitchen once complete.

Planning for a new kitchen depends on many factors, all the way from considering the current space, to the appliances, to the floors and cabinets, to the double or single sink and even the things that aren't so visible like the plumbing, gas or electric lines for the stove, unnoticed leaks, etc. But all of these things carry a special type of magic if you really allow yourself to immerse into your project. What I mean by this is to not leave important decisions up to someone else, decision that could potentially affect your family, or your own personal taste, or any of your true needs for a great kitchen. Dream kitchen

Once you and your family have a plan, you can move on to the next step which is to find a reliable company that can improve your plan and designs, and execute on it. Here are a few things to keep in mind when searching for a reputable remodeling company:

  1. Make sure they are in your area so that you can easily visit their showroom, or in case you have to make several trips there to meet with the designer or project manager.
  2. Make sure they are properly licensed in your area (state, city, county).
  3. Make sure they have designers on staff that can help you makes your ideas better.
  4. Make sure everyone in the company has the right experience and skills. It is impossible to find one person that knows it all, but make sure you choose a company that has a solid team of combined experience (design, remodel, carpentry, electrical, plumbing etc).
  5. Make sure to ask for referrals, or ask for testimonials that may give you insight into their work ethics, trust, skills etc.
  6. Make sure they offer a way to keep track of your project online (i.e. change orders, photos, emails, notes, communications etc).

So is there such thing as a dream kitchen? In my opinion yes, there is, but we should refer to it as "build your own". Starts off with an impulse to improve a very intimate space for you and your family - the kitchen - and eventually becomes what you were hoping for - a dream.

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