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1. Determine a plan for your space. Most clients start out with a wish list and a collection of inspiration images. This is a great help in getting started, but try to focus on the space plans before getting too caught up in what the kitchen is going to look like.
Space plans can be rough — they're all about the best layout. You or your designer should try some different options for where the appliances will go. What's the best layout for your space? An L-shape kitchen with an island? A U-shape kitchen? Or do you have a galley kitchen?
Do you have the space for an eat-in kitchen? Are you moving doors or changing windows? These plans don't have to detail where your pots, pans and silverware are going or what color the cabinets will be — not yet.
2. Get preliminary estimates. Once you have a proposed floor plan in hand (and a written scope of work), most contractors interested in the job will be willing to come over and give you a ballpark estimate.
The more info you have, the more accurate the ballpark number, so if you can get your designer to do a schematic electrical and lighting plan, that's even better.
All of this is subject to change, but at least you have an idea of costs before you get too emotionally committed. At this point, you can also estimate material costs such as cabinetry, countertops, tile and flooring square footage and so on.
4. Plan materials and finishes. Now that you're working with more developed drawings, you can visualize what materials are going to go where, as well as the proportions of those materials.
Most likely, there will still be a final design development period and construction documents, and then a final phase during which the drawings, specifications and scope of work are given to the contractor for final pricing.
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