Once you decide to do a kitchen remodel (or build a new house) you will need to set a system to keep track of all the aspects of the design.
In my previous blog I talked about setting up binders and here I will go into detail about what to include. Keep the binders to no more than 2″ because they get heavy and hard to carry around if they are larger.
Since there are so many categories it is a good idea to break them down into binders. Categories for dividers within each binder could be as follows:
Notes (including your ‘To Do” list)
Communications (e-mails and phone notes, etc.)
List of sources and vendors with contact info
Bids and/or quotes
Lighting & electrical plans
Paint colors/ finishes
Each remodeling or new construction project is different but these are categories that will occur in almost every project. If you are dealing with new construction, there may be a few additional categories you may want to include.
New construction will involve more binders for other areas of the house as well, but they can be broken down into similar categories. You will want separate binders for each bathroom design as well as for exterior issues, like roofing, etc.
Once you have made final selections for each area, transfer them to a final finish selections binder with divider tabs for each item. You can also put them on your computer with pictures for easy access and to print out for you vendors and installers.
It’s convenient to have these binders on site during construction for reference and they are especially useful to carry with you while you are researching.
Planning and organization is the key to a smooth and efficient kitchen remodeling or new construction project and you need to allow plenty of time setting it up and researching before you start!
A new kitchen is one of the most fulfilling projects you can do and will greatly enhance your life if you have been prepared and organized. Enjoy the progress as it comes alive!