February 26, 2016

Start your project

Start your project

Reno Tahoe Kitchens personnel has been involved in kitchen remodels for nearly 40 years in Lake Tahoe, CA and Reno, NV and is here to help you start your project. Our goal at Reno Tahoe Kitchens is to provide you with all the resources you need to complete your kitchen remodel. In our experience, most people get overwhelmed by their projects before they even get started. That is where we come in. We want to provide our clients, as well as others, all the necessary steps and information needed prior to starting a project.
So you’ve finally decided to start your project, but now what do you do? Most people don’t even know where to start. Our team will help you outline all the steps, in a logical order to come out with the best outcome available.
A great way to start your project is by filling out our kitchen planning questionnaire. It gives us insight as to how our clients use their kitchen and what they would like to see in their new one. It is also great for the client because it gets them thinking about what they want. Also check out our kitchen remodel costs page to get a better idea of costs prior to engaging in the project.

Step 1: Think about your needs-

This is all about how you intend use your kitchen. Things like how many people will be using and gathering in the kitchen at one time. This will help determine the layout and how people are going to be able to move around in it.

Step 2: Begin to research ideas and plans-

Formulating a scope of work and a general idea of your budget for the project is critical. Now we don’t expect homeowners to know what everything costs, that’s what we are here for. But decide how much you can afford to spend, and the items you would like to cover. We can then help you try and incorporate both.

Step 3: Find professionals to do the work-

We are proud to offer all of the services necessary to complete your entire kitchen renovation in Reno, NV and Lake Tahoe, CA. We have partnered with the top designers, and contractors in the area. Even if you decide to do most of the project yourself, we are still happy to help wherever we can.

Step 4: Design-

In this portion we focus on drawings, floor plans, elevations, and space planning. We try to keep our clients focused on planning the space accordingly before we get into what the kitchen will look like. It is always tempting to jump straight to the look of cabinets, or countertops, and moldings, but first things first. Once we have a basic layout, we can then begin to put costs towards items and get estimates from contractors.

Step 5: Fixtures and finishes-

The fun part! Now is when we start to select all the finishes of the kitchen. This also helps us get an idea of the overall cost of the project. This includes:










Step 6: Finalize design and construction documents-

Based off the first estimates and input you gathered from various contractors, you can now finalize drawings. Now that you have some direction on your budget, this will narrow your planning in the right direction so you can submit plans for permitting.

Step 7: Pick your contractor-

It is always recommended that you get estimates from at least 2 or 3 different contractors. If possible, try and source referrals from friends and family in the area or other reputable sources. Make sure you get a contract for the work and look it over thoroughly prior to signing. Make sure that you have all the details covered.

-Timeline for the job

-Job costs

-Hours worked

-Work covered in the contract vs. not covered

Step 8: Prepare for demo

This step is critical. Especially if you plan on living in the home while you remodel. Clear all items out of the work area and out them in a safe place. Cover any furniture in close proximity to the space. Be mentally ready for things to get dirty and dusty during the work. Coordinate how you are going to make meals while you are without a kitchen.

Step 9: Check over the work

Constantly keep an eye on the renovation. If you hire the right people for the job, you shouldn’t be too worried. Nevertheless, it doesn’t hurt to keep an eye out for things the workers forgot to do do. Every once in a while, things get damaged as well during construction so watch out for that as well. Things happen, be prepared to handle them with a “zen” like attitude.