The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) understands that the remodeling process can be quite overwhelming and confusing. From choosing a designer and selecting a style, to establishing and sticking to a budget, kitchen and bath projects can be daunting to any homeowner.
In celebration of National Kitchen and Bath Month, held annually in October, the NKBA offers several tips to help homeowners get started towards their dream kitchen and bath:
- DON'T do it yourself. Remodeling a bedroom, dining room or family room is very different from taking on the challenge of a kitchen or bath. A specialized designer should be brought in to figure logistics, suggest proper materials and make a functional and cost efficient room that specifically reflects your taste, style and personality. This is NOT a do-it-yourself project!
- DO think of resale value. You may be happier than ever in your home, from the location, neighbors and the town to your property, you may think you've settled for good - but don't be too sure! Sometimes being too 'unique' means regrets down the road, so especially for your first remodeling project, we suggest sticking to the basics and putting thought into what others would like about your kitchen, as much as you. Someone else might own it one day and you'll want to make sure you can recoup your investment!
- DON'T overspend! Set a budget at the beginning of your project, including room for additional charges, and don't go over that amount - no matter what! Be proactive and figure out what you want during the months leading up to the renovation. If you want more than you can have, make a conscious decision to pick one or the other based on necessity and future projects, if one can or can't be added down the road.
- DO pick a qualified professional. Choose several designers in your area; meet with each of them and trade ideas and suggestions. Make sure they're qualified; ask to see past projects and/or a portfolio and discuss your budget. It's also a good idea to ask for references and checkout their showroom or store if possible. Pick the designer that satisfies your taste and style most. You should never be persuaded to do anything you don't like or that's too high-end for your budget. A good designer will work closely with you until your dream home comes true!
How do you know if a designer is qualified for your project? Many NKBA professionals are certified kitchen or bath designers. All NKBA certification programs require extensive professional experience and education. If you prefer a certified kitchen and/or bathroom designer, below is a list of options you have when picking the right certified professional for your job:
- AKBD - Associate Kitchen & Bath Designer
- CKD - Certified Kitchen Designer
- CBD - Certified Bathroom Designer
- CMKBD - Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer
NKBA members are the finest professionals in the industry and can help to make your dream kitchen and bath a reality. To find a member near you or to receive your free NKBA Kitchen and Bath Consumer Workbook, call (800) THE-NKBA or visit www.nkba.org.