The kitchen is by far the most important space in the house. It’s where you cook, eat, gather and plan your day. A kitchen that’s cluttered, dated or dysfunctional can drag down an otherwise beautiful home. It can force your family to simply get by with a space that should be the hub of the home. Before you begin a kitchen renovation, you may want to follow these guidelines.
Take your time in planning
Due to the amount of work needed to remodel a kitchen, it is important that to first decide on the scope of the project. Are you in need of new countertops or are you looking to completely change the floor plan? Having a set vision is the most important step, as starting off on the wrong foot can adversely affect the outcome.
A good way to do this is by talking with friends who have remodeled their kitchens, as well as looking for inspiration online. Websites, such as Houzz and Pinterest, are a good place to find images of residential updates and tips for homeowners.
Research and price materials
As you slowly consider all aspects of the planned project, you will start to make decisions regarding the materials and items that will be included. This can help you to create a cohesive aesthetic throughout the space. Do you want an eat-in island installed? Do you need a second sink? Range or cooktop? All of these decisions will help you figure out the layout.
This is a good time to consider the amount of money you want to put toward the project, as materials can range greatly in price.
Source trusted professionals to complete work
Unless you have the expertise and confidence to tackle the job, it’s usually best to leave the actual work to professionals. Attempting to save money by doing it yourself may result in the project being completed incorrectly, which could force you to spend additional funds – and time – to make it right.
For kitchens that only need small, aesthetic changes, a remodeling contractor could be a good option. They will require the most input, time, and effort from you, but will typically be the least expensive choice.
If you need both aesthetic and functional changes along with professional guidance, working with a kitchen designer may be the best choice. A kitchen designer is especially fitting if you don’t think you will need major structural changes to walls, windows, and plumbing/electrical.
If your kitchen needs extensive changes, or you want every detail of your renovation project to be managed for you, a design-build firm is the way to go. While this option may require more of an investment, a design-build firm will go above and beyond to ensure that the renovations you need are completed to your exact requirements, you are always in the loop regarding what’s happening, and the renovations create as small of a disturbance as possible to your family.
A great new kitchen will be the focus of family life and can be the center of social gatherings. A fully remodeled kitchen is most certainly a project worth the time, money, and effort.