If your kitchen is past due for a makeover or you are in the planning stages of redesigning it, break down the project step by step to ensure that you get the most out of your new kitchen. Add function, style, and flair to the heart of your home with one or all of our best tips for updating your kitchen.
By having a solid plan for your kitchen remodel, you can help the process go as smoothly as possible, which will save you time and money in the long run. While you are designing, also keep in might your decorating ideas to ensure that everything will come together and make a cohesive design.
Below are 7 tips to help guide you through your kitchen remodeling project.
1. Smart Planning & Organization
Before you begin remodeling your kitchen, determine how and where you will use your kitchen items. For instance, store breakfast bowls and food near the breakfast table. Keep plastic containers and wraps in a handy place near your work surface for wrapping leftovers. Locate flatware and dishes near the dishwasher to ease the process of unloading.
By having a good understanding of how you want your kitchen items to be organized around your larger appliances, you can better plan for the type of storage you will need. For example, your silverware will likely go in a drawer, while your bowls and plates will go in a cabinet. Your plans should include what types of storage will flank your appliances.
New cabinets—or a new look for existing cabinets—have a big impact on the look of a kitchen. To decide whether to reface existing cabinets or replace them with new ones, ask yourself these questions: *Do I have enough storage space? * Do I like the finish of my cabinets * Do my current cabinets and drawers meet my needs? * Are my cabinets the right size and in the right places? * Do I like my fixtures I want? * Do my cabinets doors and drawers work well?
Make sure your contractor helps you understand what type of cabinets will fit your needs and provide long term performance and appearance.
3. Counter Tops
If you’re thinking of replacing the countertops, consider durability, aesthetics and maintenance as well as cost. Granite is hard compared to marble or limestone, but engineered rather than natural stones can be even more durable. Solid surfaces offer seamless designs and often are more resilient to stains or scratches. If you need a more economical countertop, laminate materials have come a long way.
4. Sinks, faucets and handles
Kitchen fixtures and hardware complement your new kitchen. Sinks come in so many styles and materials that you’ll have plenty of choices, the same is true of faucets and handles. Be sure your contractor has a wide selection of quality materials that can be professionally combined with your colors and styles to create a kitchen worthy of a magazine.
As you consider remodeling your kitchen, you may also want to replace the floor. Does your contractor have options and the ability to complete this work at the same time? A professional design consultant will help you select a flooring type that complements the cabinets and countertops and your family’s use. Like with other selections, consider durability, maintenance, and design when selecting flooring to complete your kitchen remodel. Also, think about things such as noise and how much traffic and abuse the floor will receive in your type of household.
While there are major decisions to be made around cabinets, countertops, flooring, and appliances, consider all the “extra” items that may make your kitchen special. Can you include these type items in your turn-key kitchen remodel? Look for options for backsplash, cabinet interior hardware, lighting, cabinet interior hardware, lighting and more. Spend the time to create your dream kitchen with a professional who can deliver on all of the aspects of your project from one source with full project coordination.
7. Know your installation contractor
Is your contractor licensed and bonded? Does your contractor have adequate insurance? What warranties do they provide for both materials and labor? Does the contractor obtain the proper permits and follow all local and regional codes and regulations? How reliable is the contractor? What work have they done in your area? Be sure to ask these questions of each prospective contractor your hire. Place your home improvement project in the hands of someone you trust.
Why You Should Remodel Your Kitchen
Renovations to your kitchen significantly increase the value of your home. Plan on spending about 25 percent of the current value of your home for redesigning your kitchen. Start by having a solid plan about how you will be using your kitchen and what you will need on a daily basis.
Finally, it is important to realize that a kitchen remodel can take weeks or even months to complete. You will likely need to involve designers, general contractors, plumbers, and architects. This way you can make your kitchen unique with creative and inspirational designs, while still remaining safe and up-to-code.