Remodeling the Kitchen: Do’s and Don’ts
When the day to remodel your kitchen finally comes, doing that sometimes can feel like a very, very hard task. There are so many doubts: How to even start? What improvements will do the work, what will not?
Well, if you have been asking yourself some of these questions, then this article is for you. We have completed a list of what to do and what to not do when remodeling your kitchen. Consider this when your renovations are underway. Some of our tips hopefully will help you design your kitchen and make it aesthetically pleasing and functional.
DO: Think on how you’ll use the space
Most of the people think of professional-grade stainless steel and granite countertops when remodeling the kitchen. While there is certainly nothing wrong with having them, it is worth mentioning that this is not your only option. When you start remodeling your kitchen, you should consider how your family will actually use it. Let’s say your kids do their home-work there. Maybe you need a long dining table in order to accommodate your guests, because you entertain often? Make sure these thoughts are part of your plan when you remodel your space.
DON’T: Neglect your budget
Thousands of dollars are in the average cost for remodeling a kitchen. So, you will need to be sure you are spending your money wisely. If you’d ask me, make two lists, in the first list the must haves items, and in the other a wish list. After that, price out each of your projects and compare them with your budget. The list will make it easier for you to decide where to invest more and where to avoid spending money.
To make you remodeling more affordable there are tons of things you can do. Maybe rather than fully replacing the kitchen you could reface the cabinets. In case if you have a truly limited budget, simply replacing stuff in your kitchen will give the room a very fresh look, and will cost less.
DO: Give attention to the layout
The layout is the heart of kitchen remodels and the most overlooked one also. To make sure that your new space functions the way you pictured it you could hire a contractor that will help you draw a layout that works. The layout will not matter how nice your new microwave is if you are unable to use it properly as your countertop gets in its way.
One thing that is obvious but many ignore, is that you should always preview the layout before making any purchases. Make all the necessary measurements of all the elements and draw them out with how you’re hoping to use the space.
DON’T: Forget about storage
The most overstuffed spaces in a home are probably kitchens. Homeowners sometimes find that they do not have enough space to store what they need, as they have used all of their space between cooking equipment and food storage. If you choose to make changes to your kitchen, including storage options is a MUST. You should be certain to include storage that is both stylish and functional.
Taking stock of your current inventory is the first thing you should do when undertaking this task. You should be honest with yourself and choose the equipment that you need and the ones you don’t. After going through that thought process you can decide on the items that you can store as effectively as possible.
DO: Lots of lighting
When cooking a meal, there are many visual components, from chopping ingredients to measuring them out. The last thing you want is to try and do one of these under less than ideal lighting conditions. That’s why with kitchen lighting more is may really better.
When choosing the lighting you should try and picture yourself working and where you might need more light. For example, you will want to include some light by the stove or near the sink. You have to do this while always keeping in mind your personal preferences.
DON’T: Play it safe
A very common topic is how much value you will be getting out of an improvement when you sell your house. It is very easy to see how often people who buy homes often name an updated kitchen as a priority on their choice.
I would argue that adding a little personality and choosing a happy medium will help your kitchen stand out from the crowd.
The sky is the limit for those who think they may be staying at their home for quite more time. You can choose a colorful statement or patterned tile floor. You could add patterned rugs or bold lighting fixtures in order to make your kitchen feel like your own.
Remodeling a kitchen can be a very difficult task, because the kitchen in most of the cases is the most used room in a house and it may feel as every detail needs to be perfect. With a bit of planning, you can ensure that you are, in fact, creating that perfect place for you. Hopefully these tips will guide you to brainstorm and get new ideas for your remodeling project.