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Kitchen Remodel: What To Do Before You Call A Professional To Start Your Kitchen Remodeling Project

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[howdini - get yourself a guru] Hi, I'm Nadia Geller, interior designer for Homestyler. [Nadia Geller, Interior Designer] I'm here on location at the Bellato showroom in New York City with some tips about what to do before you call a professional to help you with your kitchen remodel. There are different types of professionals to choose from based on the needs you'll have. Kitchen designers, contractors, electricians, plumbers and installers. So what and who do you need? A big part of that answer will depend on how much you're comfortable doing on your own and how much help you can afford. Most important, do your homework. Know your likes and dislikes and define your priorities. For example, if a restaurant grade appliance is really important to you, you may need to spend less somewhere else. One way to save is to do the initial budget planning yourself. [] I've recreated this kitchen using Homestyler which is a free online program that lets you design your kitchen in 2D and 3D. Let me show you how you can identify some of the key decisions you'll want to consider before contacting a professional. You can virtually build your kitchen before buying a thing. Try popping in different appliances, countertops, you name it. The possiblities are endless. You can try different layouts. Even explore different colors and finishes. Save all your designs online, then share them with potential design professionals and contractors, so you can get more than one bid. Or print out your designs and take them with you if you meet in person. Choose your contractor wisely. Ask your friends for referrals. Do call references, and always ask to see their license. A few final notes, consider time as well as budget. Things tend to take a lot longer than we allow. If you need permits, that will add to your schedule. And very important, check with your homeowner's association to find out if there are any rules about construction. You need to know these before you start your remodel plans. Some of them can be pretty strict. [Before You Call A Professional] [Define your priorities] [Find licensed contractors with good references] [Learn about permits] [] Good luck building your new kitchen. I'm Nadia Geller. To start designing your dream kitchen today, go to [To start designing today, go to]

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Duration: 2 minutes and 15 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
Producer: Howdini
Views: 90
Posted by: howdini on Aug 25, 2010

Doing your homework before you interview and hire a professional can make your kitchen-remodeling project go more smoothly. Try using online design software, like the free* Autodesk Homestyler, to help you think through your likes and dislikes and see them in 3D. Then save and share your thoughts as you meet with potential designers, contractors and other pros. Professional designer Nadia Geller gives you a few essential tips to get you started.

*Autodesk Homestyler is a free online service that provides access to home design software created by Autodesk. Free products and services are subject to the terms of use that accompany them.

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