Remodeling your kitchen is a big task, and if you’re not adequately prepared, you can end up in a renovation disaster. Decisions need to be made about everything—appliances, color, style, contractors—and depending on how big the renovation is, you could end up biting off more than you can chew.
Before diving into a kitchen renovation, you need to have a thorough understanding of the website resources available to you. The following five sites are great tools to use when starting to renovate your kitchen.
1. Angie’s List
If you are hiring a contractor to do any type of job on your kitchen renovation, whether complete the whole assignment or hiring individual contractors for each step of the project, you need to turn to Angie’s List to find the best contractor for the job. Angie’s List contains real reviews on contractors in your area. Users can describe in detail about their experience with certain contractors as well as grade them. When you are determining which contractor to hire, make sure to check them out through this site. If they have great reviews and great grades, you’ll know you’ll have a good experience with the contractor. If the reviews and grades are bad, you should move on.
2. The Kitchen Designer
The Kitchen Designer is a blog dedicated to all things kitchen. The mother/daughter duo behind the blog has years of experience designing kitchens and creating their own unique products. Take a look at the blog articles that discuss an array of different kitchen design techniques and tips. You can also peruse their online webshop for trinkets to place in your newly designed kitchen. You can even receive a custom kitchen design consultation from the team themselves.
When it comes to furnishing your kitchen, Homeclick may be the one stop shop you need. This online store has everything that you could want for your kitchen, including faucets, accessories, hardware and even garbage disposals. A lot of the items found on the site come from liquidation sales, so it’s possible you can find everything you’re looking for at a bargain.
Faucets and sinks are a necessity in your kitchen, and eFaucets provides you with a healthy option of both. Everything from your traditional styles to a more unique taste can be found on this site, and they also sell a variety of kitchen accessories too. Plus, the site runs a free shipping promotion every month, and their sales can easily keep your kitchen purchases falling within your budget.
Punch! is not a website, it’s a software program, but it’s extremely beneficial to your kitchen renovation process. The Kitchen Interior Design Suite software program allows you to create a replica of your kitchen and then peruse all of their design and style options to see which layout, colors and themes work the best. You can even layout your plumbing and electrical drawings right through the software, making it easy for you and your contractors.
The software also allows you to keep track of items you ordered as well as your timeline to see how well you’re staying on track. You can even take before and after pictures and share them with friends and family. The software can either be downloaded right onto your computer or purchased as a DVD.
Caroline Jones is a writer for Drury Designs. She also works in home design, decor, and kitchen remodeling.