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THE IMPORTANCE OF PROJECT PLANNING

Use this information to help plan your next big project. The success of a project lies in thorough planning!

ADVICE FROM THE EXPERTS

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DIY OR PRO?

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CREATE A CHECKLIST

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CREATE A TIMELINE

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DECIDE: REPLACE, REFRESH, OR EXPAND?

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BUDGET YOUR PROJECT

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GET ADVICE FROM THE EXPERTS

Every journey begins with the first step, and a consultation with one of our expert kitchen designers is the best way to begin that journey. No team works quite like the design team at KBD of Davenport, who have a total of seven decades of experience. This expertise and knowledge allows them to take your dreams and turn them into a reality by designing your ideal dream kitchen. 

GO BEYOND THE LAYOUT

We take design one step further by offering more than a layout of countertops and cabinetry. A show room worthy kitchen is created by balancing all of the essentials in a kitchen: storage coordination, complimentary colors, material balance, and more. At KBD of Davenport, our designers are an advice soundboard, a listening ear, and an team of experts who will efficiently coordinate your kitchen with a jaw dropping design plan. Blending colors, materials, appliances and more is their expertise. 

DESIGN AT THE PUSH OF A BUTTON

Convenience is a key factor in making sure that your dream kitchen comes together perfectly and with as little stress as possible. This is why our team is available by computer, phone, or email to help make your dreams become a reality and ready to help get your new project going full steam ahead. We live in a busy world where it can be hard to get into a shop for your consultation. This is why we go above and beyond, providing various options for points of contact to make your life that much easier. 

DIY OR PRO?

Installing your beautiful new kitchen can be a great way to save money, but it isn't for the faint of heart. If you're a handyman or have friends that know what they are doing, a DIY project is probably a great idea for you. However, most people do lack the expertise, tools, and other knowledge it takes to execute a full kitchen remodel. Don't risk it and be stuck with thousands of dollars in repair work for someone to come in and fix mistakes. Here are a few good ideas to consider when you are trying to decide if you need to give the pros a call, or if you can handle it yourself. 

THE DIY ESSENTIALS

Having the skills, tools, time, and patience are all key factors to ensuring you execute a professional DIY project. Take this self-assessment to find out if you are ready to take on a DIY kitchen remodel or if you need to call in the professionals. 

• It takes plenty of installation skills and tools to complete a DIY remodel, do you have these?
• Do you enjoy physical labor?
• Is patience a virtue for you? It takes a lot of patience to complete a kitchen remodel! 
• How are your planning skills? Organization and planning are crucial to managing a DIY remodel. 
• Are you busy? You will need to be able to dedicate plenty of time to your kitchen remodel. 
• How are your research skills? You will need to research the basics of a kitchen remodel before and during the project. 

WHEN TO CALL IN THE PROFESSIONALS 

If you took the self-assessment and answered the questions honestly, you may have found that you don't have the skills, time, or tools to complete your kitchen remodel by yourself. That's okay, because the reality is that the majority of people don't possess all of these and if you don't, it's time to call in the pros. A company who has great referrals and is licensed will be able to assist you in completing a beautiful remodel, but be sure to book them weeks or months ahead of when you need it done because a good company will book up quick. Here are a couple of ways to make sure you hire a great professional for your kitchen remodel. 

• Ask Your Friends and Family- If your friends or family recently had a great experience having their kitchen or bathroom remodeled, ask who did the job for them. A good word can go a long way! 
• Browse Reviews- Websites like Google and Angie's List are full of reviews for you to browse through. Choose one with some great reviews and let the construction begin! 

TALKING TO THE PROFESSIONALS 

Here is a list of a few questions you can ask your potential professional: 

• How many years has your business been operating?
• Are you insured?
• Can I see your portfolio?
• Do you have a written contract?
• What is your policy on change orders?
• Can you give me itemized pricing? 
• Will you be working on my remodel or will one of your employees be doing it?

SOME THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND

• Given that kitchen remodels can take anywhere from 1-3 weeks (or longer) it is important to make sure you get along well with everyone at the job and have already budgeted your time accordingly. 
• Avoid asking excessive questions and too much chit chat with your contractor. The faster they get the job done the faster you can enjoy your new kitchen. 
• A professional will always clean up his mess at the end of the day. 
• You may be bumped back if the contractor runs into an emergency elsewhere, and it is likely you are not the only client on the contractor's list of clients.  

CREATE A CHECKLIST

When it comes to a kitchen remodel, anything is possible. While it is important to keep a flexible schedule, an open mind, and remember to take some deep breaths, it also doesn't hurt to have a checklist that helps you plan out your remodel. Make sure you roll with the punches and then keep this checklist on hand to help guide you through the process. 

PLAN, PLAN, PLAN

The first step in your kitchen remodel is to create a plan that helps you map out your remodel. Staying organized, flexible, and having reasonable expectations is the best way to make sure your remodel remains stress free.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT TIME

Timing is key when it comes to a remodel. Have any big graduation parties, engagement parties, or backyard weddings coming up? Do you delight in cooking the most mouthwatering Thanksgiving turkey at home or celebrating with a great kitchen dinner? If any of these ring true for you, make sure you schedule your remodel with plenty of time to avoid these big occasions.

KEEP YOUR FAMILY IN MIND

Your family will need to be on board with the remodel to ensure that your home stays argument free. The best times to do this are going to be during the school year for kids, so they aren’t in and out of the kitchen as much as they would be during the summer time.

RESEARCH YOUR NECESSITIES

Talking to your designer during this step is a great idea in order to prevent frustration or wasted time. Research your budget, decide what you can afford, and use books, magazines, and the internet to garner inspiration and ideas. 

ENTRY POINTS

Mapping out your home's entry points, utilities, and appliances is an extremely important step to your remodel. You will also want to keep in mind where your alternative storage will be during the remodel. 

LET'S TALK LEGAL

There will be necessary codes and permits that come with doing your remodel. These can take quite a bit of time to get, even more so if you are building on to your house, so make sure you give your contractor a lot of time to get these necessary legal documents. 

A MOBILE KITCHEN

Due to the nature of a kitchen remodel, it's likely that you won't be able to use your kitchen during construction. Ensuring you have access to clean water, dishes, a microwave, and a fridge is imperative. Another good idea is to pick up disposable plates, cups, and flatware to avoid having to hand wash your dishes. 

GET YOUR PRODUCTS IN AHEAD OF TIME

It can take weeks to get your materials in, even longer if you have custom order cabinets or countertops. You will also want to allow for plenty of return time in the event that your material shows up damaged or defective. Getting your products ordered in well in advance is a great way to make sure that your remodel goes smoothly. 

CREATE A TIMELINE

Making sure you stay flexible is extremely important when remodeling any part of your home, especially your kitchen. With plenty of events that can throw off your original plan, it's important to realize that certain things absolutely must go in order, and delaying one area of installation can delay or alter your entire timeline. Here is a general idea for those who thrive on having a plan for the amount of time each step will take (give or take). 

PLAN

This is done at your own pace, and can be started months or even years in advance! Planning your dream kitchen can be a fun and creative experience. 

FINDING A CONTRACTOR

Make sure you allow as much time as you need for this step, as there is no rush. Finding a good contractor can be difficult, and you don't want to rush the process on this step for sure. 

THE FIRST DESIGN STEP

Working with your designer, this step can take 1-3 days and it is important to keep your lines of communication open while you work through this exciting first step. 

THE FINAL DESIGN STEP

The length of this step can vary depending on the changes or details that go into the design of your kitchen. Staying in close contact with your designer can allow this step to take anywhere from 1-4 weeks and it is important to allow plenty of time for any required changes. 

ORDERING PRODUCTS

Allow 1-2 months for the delivery of your products, with additional time for any required returns for damaged, defective, or mistaken orders. 

CONSTRUCTION, DEMOLITION, AND MORE

This can take up to a month depending on the amount of work you are having done as well as the size of your kitchen. If you are having the layout of your kitchen moved around or gas lines changed this can take longer. However, you won't need to budget quite as much time if you are just updating countertops and cabinets. 

REARRANGING UTILITIES

Often times, rearranging the kitchen means rearranging light fixtures, outlets, gas lines, and more. Give yourself 1-2 weeks for this to be completed. 

PAINTING

Painting goes quicker when you don't have to maneuver around cabinets and countertops. Allow 1-3 days to complete any paint jobs. 

INSTALLING A NEW FLOOR?

3-5 days is expected for installation of a new floor if this is in the works for your new custom kitchen. 

INSTALLING CABINETS

3-5 days is a good rule of thumb for this step, although it will depend on the size of your kitchen, layout, and overall design plan. 

MEASURING YOUR COUNTERTOPS

An easy step, this can be done in one business day. 

APPLIANCES

If you had to move or rearrange appliances during construction, give yourself 1-2 days to get these reinstalled and back in working order. 

LIGHTING

This can go quicker if you have prepped the area before installation, but give 1-2 days to get lighting installed and working again. 

MANUFACTURING COUNTERTOPS

This usually takes about 1-2 weeks, but it depends on what you are having done. In some situations, it can take up to one month. 

INSTALLING COUNTERTOPS

This is often done in one day, but it is always a good idea to tack on an extra day or two to allow for any errors or setbacks. 

INSTALLING BACKSPLASH

Backsplash is a great choice for those who want an added detail in their kitchen. Give yourself 1-2 days for this step. 

APPLIANCE INSTALLATION: PART 2

This is dependent upon the utility type, but is generally completed within 2 working days. 

FINISHING TOUCHES

Almost there! Allow 2-4 days for paint touch ups, crown molding, and other light fixtures to be hung.

DECIDE: REPLACE, REFRESH, OR EXPAND?

This is an important step, deciding whether or not you want an entirely new kitchen or would prefer just a few updates done to it. Here, you will need to decide if you have the flexibility, finances, and time to complete a full kitchen remodel and and ask yourself if you require new or refurbished cabinets. Here are a few points to consider and decide for yourself. 

REPLACING CABINETS AND OTHER ITEMS 

If a full kitchen remodel or expansion isn't what you are looking for, you may be satisfied with just refreshing your kitchen by replacing your cabinets. You could also consider replacing and updating flooring, paint, countertops and other areas of your kitchen for a great update. If you want to save money and avoid moving utility lines and appliances, this is a good choice for you. 

REFRESHING CABINETS

If you have damaged cabinets, you won't save a whole lot of time or money by refreshing them. However, if your cabinets are in great shape and you just want an update, a new coat of paint can be just what you are looking for. 

KITCHEN EXPANSION

This is a big project, taking a great amount of time and financial resources. However, for those who really want to invest in their home it can be extremely rewarding. By expanding your kitchen you are changing the kitchen footprint itself, which usually means moving appliances, gas lines, plumbing, and more. For those who want an entirely new kitchen, this is the choice for you. 

BUDGET YOUR PROJECT

The old saying "measure twice, cut once" is very true in a kitchen remodel, as any changes made on paper will be much cheaper than ones made after construction begins. Deciding on a final budget is a crucial step, and coming up with a list of necessities vs luxuries is important as well as deciding on what you can and can't live without in your new kitchen in case you have to decide later on. 

HOW MUCH SHOULD I BUDGET?

Taking advantage of sales, warehouses, and other discounts is a great way to help lower your costs, but overall the value of your kitchen should be approximately 10-25% of the total value of your home. 

• Flexibility 
Many homeowners have found that saving money and flexibility go hand in hand. Keeping an open mind to other options is a good way to save money. 
• Research 
Before you decide on materials or a contractor, do plenty of research. 
• DIY or Contractor?
If you have the ability to complete a DIY remodel, this is a great way to save money. If you know you don't have the skills or tools to do this, don't risk it! Hire a contractor. 
• Bargains 
Take advantage of any discounts that a supplier or warehouse has to offer.  

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