Planning Your Kitchen or Bathroom Remodel in the San Francisco Bay Area:

The clearer you are on your priorities and goals, the smoother and shorter the design process will be. The better the planning is, the more efficient the implementation. Following are a few tips for getting started.

  1. Gather information about what styles and products you like. Use kitchen and bath design magazines, remodeling magazines & online sources to find pictures of what you like (as well as what you don’t). A good online resource is ( On this site you can create your own collection of pictures with notes about what you like & share it with your designer. Think about your priorities. Start this process about 6 to 8 months before you want the installation to begin.
  2. Consult with your family for their input on your kitchen and bath remodel plans.
  3. Come up with a budget so that your designer can steer you toward kitchen and bath products, options & places to shop in the San Francisco bay area that will allow you to stay within it. A good starting point for budget costs is Remodeling Magazine’s Annual Report. Note: If you have a home built before 1978, you should be aware of possible additional expense due to EPA requirements for lead removal. See: the EPA’s website.
  4. Consider how long you will live there.  If it will only be for a few more years, you may want to consult with a realtor to determine what you can get out of resale.  If you plan to live there & age in place, you may want to consider accessible options & better lighting.  Other considerations may include needs of children.
  5. If you have ideas for your kitchen or bath remodel layout, sketch them out.
  6. For your convenience, fill out my ‘Kitchen Planning Guide’ or ‘Bath Planning Guide’


For more specific tips for planning your kitchen or bath remodel, see Kitchen Remodel Planning or Bathroom Remodel Planning.

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