Are you itching to breathe new life into your kitchen or bathroom?
Initiating a home improvement project may seem daunting, but there are some simple steps you can take to get your project under way.
Find a reason
First, decide why you’d like to remodel. By understanding why you want to change, you will be happier with the end result when you meet your goals. ie.
- More storage or space for two people to cook..
- Tastes or lifestyle has changed.
- Entertain more people in the kitchen area.
- Increase market value for a future move.
It’s nice to watch remodeling shows and flick through design magazines to get inspired, but to really jumpstart the process you should start a stylebook. Websites like Houzz and Pinterest make it easy to collect inspiring images that will quickly show a clear picture of your desired style. That’s helpful for you, but it’s also helpful for the remodeling professional you will eventually hire.
“Seeing the customer’s style ideas really helps save time by focusing more on what’s suitable to their tastes” says Hanne Rex Michelsen, Interior Designer at Glenbrook Remodeling.
The next step is to make a big list of all the upgrades you’d like and divide them into 3 categories:
- Must-have items
- Would-like-to-have items
- Dream items
Creating this list will help you and your remodeling contractor prioritize during the project allowing you to to cut items if you can’t afford everything and add some if any upgrades aren’t as expensive as estimated.
Think about a budget
Once your list is complete, think about your budget… but don’t overthink it! A good estimated breakdown for kitchens is normally 60% for cabinetry, 25% for appliances, and 15% for countertops.
But you won’t be able to get a clear picture of exactly how far your budget can stretch until you talk with an experienced remodeler who can look at your space, is up to date with the latest alternative building materials, tax credits, rebates, cost saving methods and more.
Too many people get hung up on budgeting and never even begin their projects. Never decide you’ll figure out the budget along the way, make sure you start with a detailed estimate from an experienced licensed professional like Glenbrook Remodeling and then you can easily compare your realistic expectations with other contractors as needed. Remember the lowest bid isn’t usually the best.
Time for professional help
Once you’ve created your list and considered your budget, it’s time to get a professional remodeling contractor working with you to develop a plan to make your project a reality.
When dealing with something as important as your home, you don’t want to settle for just anyone. Selecting the unqualified, inexperienced, uninsured, or anyone promising you something that you know is too good to be true will cost you dearly in the end. You owe it to yourself and your home to begin speaking with a trusted professional.
What’s the next step
Just like organizing a wedding, orchestrating a home remodel is a big event involving many people. Numerous contractors are involved to make the end result look flawless including: designer, architect, engineer, demolition crew, flooring, dry wall guy, cabinet installer, stone fabricator, plumber, electrician, painter, tiler and more. It requires planning, demolition, plumbing, electrical, flooring, carpentry, all while respecting local building codes, this is quite a process and every single detail must be taken into consideration.
You could try and organize it all yourself, (good luck!), or get an all-in-one professional to make things easier.
Glenbrook Remodeling is a trusted all-in-one remodeling company in the Chicago North Shore area that takes care of EVERYTHING… from design, local materials and products to installation. You could be confident your project will be organized, completed flawlessly on time and on budget with our local team helping you.
Talk to Alex, Hanne or Momi from the interior design team who are ready to help you. Let’s talk about your ideas and help put your project in perspective. You can visualize your finished project (on paper and a color 3D rendering on the big screen), with detailed plans and a competitive price, all included in our no obligation free in-home estimate. Use this free estimate to compare and be confident you’re getting the remodel you want before spending a dime.
Simply complete the form on this page, or visit our showroom in Glenview to start:
Alex Gherghiceanu – Owner
Glenbrook Remodeling Kitchen & Bath Showroom
Since 2005, our family-owned business has provided professional home remodeling services to the Chicago North Shore and surrounding areas. Our all-in-one service includes a large range of quality local products with professional design and installation. Visit our showroom in Glenview, or contact us to get started on your project.
They will handle everything!
Alex and Mike are wonderful to work with! They made my kitchen remodeling a wonderful experience! They handled all the details beautifully and took the time to do everything with such care in the details to show the high quality work they do. Not once did I have any concerned about this job from beginning to end. They will handle everything and do whatever they can do meet your needs and budget! They did such a wonderful and beautiful job that we will be working with them again for another remodeling project next year! I would highly recommend Glenbrook Remodeling for any remodeling project!
A pleasure to communicate with!
The old kitchen in my townhouse didn’t have enough counter space. A wall blocked my view of the patio, the family room was separated from the kitchen, the cabinets over the sink were hard to reach and the cabinets needed replacement.
I used the Glenbrook Remodeling team who were a pleasure to communicate with! They removed the wall that blocked the patio view and expanded the counter surface. They installed new cabinets and increased storage capacity. The kitchen/family room looks bigger now and everyone congregates there… it’s a happy place! Thank you Alex, Hanne, Mike, and team!
They have been amazing throughout our whole project.
Whenever I needed anything or changed my mind or added things they were amazing. They are all gracious and professional and took special time and care redoing our 1929 Mediterranean style house. They updated and kept the flavor and "bones" of the house. We have more to do and will definitely be using Glenbrook!
Great company, straight forward with no surprises.
The guys worked their butts off making sure everything was done to my expectations. They addressed everything in the process keeping me in the loop 24/7. They were accurate with the estimate on price and the length of the project. The work is top notch I'm very happy. I will be hiring these guys again for a kitchen remodel. Thanks again Glenbrook Remodeling.