Embarking on a kitchen remodel is exciting but also takes work. Here are 6 important tips for remodeling your kitchen.
Are you about to start remodeling your kitchen? We don’t blame you! After all, that special room is the life and soul of any household.
Friends and family come together to cook, eat, hang out, and have fun.
You want to love spending time in your kitchen. You want it to be large, practical, and attractive enough to bring people together around good food and better company. It’s no surprise at all, then, that some people spend up to $75,000 on kitchen remodeling!
However, with such large sums of money on the table, it’s essential that you do this job properly. There’s nothing worse than investing lots of cash in a kitchen remodeling project that ends up anything less than perfect.
Want some tips on how to do it? Read on for 6 essential tips for creating the perfect new kitchen.
1. Assess Your Needs
You first need to consider what you want and what you need from your new kitchen.
Why is your current kitchen substandard? What are its pitfalls, how does it prove frustrating, and, ultimately, how could it be better?
Those are all essential questions to ask before entering the remodeling process.
It’s about realizing your priorities and creating a plan for how to address them. Think about how large the room should be, how you want people to move around it, and what specific needs you’ll have for the kitchen.
With these insights in mind, you stand a better chance of creating the perfect kitchen space.
It can help to seek inspiration from the outside world here. Search for examples of kitchens that you love.
Get online and check Pinterest, or delve into kitchen and housing magazines; bring to mind the kitchens of friends and family that you know and love.
Doing this should clarify what you want from your own.
You could even create a notice board full of kitchen inspiration. You could print off, cut out, and even sketch pictures of kitchens, appliances, and designs that you like. Stick them up on a wall somewhere!
Referring back to that board over time will slowly inform your own kitchen ideas.
3. Plan It Out
As the old mantra goes: failing to prepare is like preparing to fail. The best kitchen remodels have been planned out to a tee in advance.
Of course, you don’t know what hiccups might arise as you get started. But you can, at least, have a solid idea of how the project should, in theory, progress.
It’s about knowing what the end result should look like and working backward to create a plan of action. Go into as much detail as possible!
Think about the kitchen layout, countertops designs, appliance styles, and cupboard colors.
Set upon a budget too. Nicely, planning the kitchen out should help here. You’ll be able to get a better sense of how much money your particular ideas will cost.
4. Create a Makeshift Kitchen Set Up
Kitchen remodels of any scale can be a major disruption.
After all, you’re tearing apart the entire room! It becomes largely off-limits as you set about the renovations and alterations.
The trouble is that life doesn’t stop.
You’ve still got to cook, clean and prepare your meals in the meantime. Setting yourself up a temporary kitchen makes that possible. Find a space somewhere else in your home to do it.
From there, you could repurpose old cabinets for storage; get yourself a microwave and camping stove (or something similar) with which to cook. Throw in a coffee maker and any other essential kitchen appliances and you’re good to go.
Focus on functionality. Your makeshift set up might not be fancy, but it doesn’t have to be. When the remodeling process draws to a close, you’ll be even more grateful for your new kitchen!
5. Build Full-Scale Models
Don’t leave anything to chance with your new kitchen.
You might think you want an island in the middle of the room. You might assume you need a table in the corner, stools against the wall, or extra storage space in particular locations.
But imagine paying for their construction and installation only to realize you made a mistake! You might have overestimated the space available, or misjudged your culinary needs.
You waste lots of money and energy as a result.
Don’t risk suffering such a fate! Build yourself full-scale models of significant kitchen additions.
Take the central island. Get some chipboard and nails and construct the design you have in mind. Set it in place and see how it looks! You’ll know ahead of time (and with minimal expenditure) whether it’s going to work or not.
6. Find the Right People for the Job
Many steps involved with a kitchen remodel can be done by yourself.
In other words, the DIY approach will suffice and no experts will be needed. That’s good news for anybody remodeling on a tight budget. After all, hiring professionals isn’t cheap.
It is, however, far more convenient.
Working with professionals ensures a quality end product. That’s true whether you’re hiring an interior designer to create a custom kitchen design or a carpenter to assemble bespoke units.
More to the point, many aspects of the remodel will demand expert input (think plumbing and electrics) if you lack the specialist knowledge.
Overall, working with professionals is one of the best ways to ensure a smooth process from start to finish.
Remember These Tips When Remodeling Your Kitchen
Heck, you might just want a new one!
Whatever the reason, remodeling your kitchen is the best way to create a space you’ll love. And, given the central role of a kitchen to a household, that’s no small thing.
Unfortunately, the process involved isn’t always easy. It’s our hope that this post will help you get through it with none of the hiccups some people experience.
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