Pro Tips

Ready to tackle your own kitchen ren­o­va­tion? Nathan Ga­bor, owner and man­ager of Ga­bor De­sign Build, shares his tips for home­own­ers.

Milwaukee Magazine - - HOME & DESIGN -

Call in the pros, but stay

in­volved. Look for a rep­utable de­sign-build firm that’s re­ceived ac­co­lades for its work, and be sure your aes­thet­ics align. “At the end of the day, the de­sign is re­ally what peo­ple are go­ing to see,” Ga­bor says.

Even though your con­trac­tors will keep the project mov­ing along, don’t hand over the reins com­pletely. Ga­bor says it’s im­por­tant for home­own­ers to stay in­volved all the way to the fin­ish to en­sure the end re­sult is what they want.

Bring your own ideas to the

table. “From my ex­pe­ri­ence, ev­ery­body has some in­her­ent de­sign in­spi­ra­tion,” Ga­bor says. Plan to col­lab­o­rate with the de­signer on the project.

But don’t get mar­ried to a cer­tain look or style. If lo­gis­tics get in the way of your vi­sion, your de­signer can help cre­ate a cus­tom so­lu­tion.

Be flex­i­ble. If your project presents a ma­jor de­sign chal­lenge, you may need to up your bud­get. Ga­bor warns not to take short­cuts – in­crease your bud­get if you can, and re­mem­ber that a qual­ity ren­o­va­tion pays for it­self.

“Home­own­ers will get that money back when they sell their home,” Ga­bor says.

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