Benchmark Kitchens, a locally owned business of 25 years, prides itself on offering topnotch design creativity and products for any budget.

They know starting a kitchen or bathroom remodel can be overwhelming: There are so many options and variables that some homeowners don't know where to start. Thankfully, Benchmark Kitchens has some advice:

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1) Seek inspiration. Look on sites like Houzz and Pinterest and make an album to share with your designer. Take your time to look at ideas and explore options, set it all aside and then look at it again with fresh eyes.

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2) Put together a wish list along with a budget. Benchmark Kitchens is an expert at making the two mesh well.

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3) Budget your time, too. Make sure you are allowing enough time to get the project done. Materials can take time to come in, and in our current environment, it can take even longer. If you're unsure, don't be afraid to ask the professionals so you know what to expect.

Benchmark Kitchens can work with your contractor or clients who want to do it themselves, as well as architects and interior designers. They also have the expertise to tell you basics, such as if a wall needs to be moved, and their designers are continuously learning more about color, style, lighting, tile flooring and other design elements.

Ready to get started? Call 413-664-6078 or visit benchmarkkitchens.com.