It’s always an exciting day when you get to make some updates to your home, particularly if it involves a kitchen remodel. Remodeling your kitchen is one of the best things you can do to raise your property values, increase your quality of living, and improve the layout of your home.
Before jumping in, however, know that you have a pretty big job ahead of you. There are some things you’ll want to know in preparation for the job.
A kitchen renovation is by far one of the best decisions you can make for your home. It’s one of the few renovations where you can get more in resale value than you invested. However, it’s important to recognize that such an improvement will be costly, and you want to be prepared financially before jumping in.
For example, you could use this handy kitchen budget planner from the Kitchen Cabinet Kings. They take into consideration things like the value of the home, what you’d like to devote to the renovation, and the different costs that come up when you’re redesigning your kitchen. This calculator will help prepare your finances ahead of time.
You’ll also want to prepare time-wise for the renovation. This is usually a pretty big project that will interrupt your routine significantly.
The time it takes to complete such a renovation largely depends on what you’re planning to do. If you’re simply replacing the cabinets, it probably won’t take more than a week or two from start to finish.
However, if you’re redoing the entire kitchen, expect it to take between four and six weeks. Though you’ll have some access to your kitchen during this time, you’ll want to make arrangements for cooking and eating elsewhere as much as possible.
The layout is perhaps the most important part of the design process. It will define the workflow and efficiency of the space, which will mean a lot more than you might realize at the first.
The most important aspect of a good layout is designating zones for preparing food, cooking, and cleaning up. There should be ample space for preparing food on countertops or the island. Then, nearby should be the appliances where you actually cook the food and clean up afterwards.
Ultimately, you should strive to minimize walking and reaching as much as possible with your kitchen design, which means spacing things certain distances apart and defining specialized zones for cooking. When discussing the design with your contractor, they can give you some ideas to maximize flow and efficiency in the kitchen.
4. Aesthetic Design
Second in importance to the functionality of the design is the aesthetics. The color scheme, backsplash, flooring options, appliances, size, and layout will all contribute to the way the kitchen looks.
This is something that will take a little research and preparation. Before meeting with your contractor, bookmark some ideas on Pinterest or have clippings from a magazine ready. Bring pictures of your existing home as well. These ideas will help you choose a kitchen design that will match the rest of your home and that falls in line with your dream kitchen.
5. Resale Value
As mentioned, kitchen remodels significantly boost resale value. You can expect between 70 and 120 percent in returns from your initial investment, but this only applies if you keep resale value in mind. There are certain factors that influence a higher retail value than others, including:
- Open concept kitchen design
- Extra storage
- Top-of-the-line appliances
- New kitchen cabinets
- Decorative backsplash
- Granite, marble, or another hard countertop
6. DIY or Contractor
In most cases, hiring a contractor is better than trying to do it yourself. There’s plumbing, electricity, and expert craftsmanship that needs to be done, and you likely don’t have the training or experience required.
Additionally, you may not have the time to turn around a kitchen project quickly, potentially interrupting your lifestyle for months. You could put a lot of money into the project, only to have it stall or turn out unsatisfactorily. It may seem expensive to hire a good contractor, but you’ll get your money’s worth in the end.
7. The Small Stuff
One of the biggest mistakes made in kitchen remodels is forgetting about the small things. Oftentimes, you’re so focused on cabinets, countertops, appliances, flooring, and other major decisions that you forget about the little things that will be awkward and uncomfortable if not addressed.
For example, people commonly forget about storage when designing a kitchen. As they move everything in, they realize their pantry is too small or they don’t have enough drawers for all their utensils.
Windows, lighting, door and drawer handles, and gaps between cabinets may seem inconsequential at first, but you’ll realize how important they are, once you start using your kitchen.
These things are expensive to fix after the remodel is done, so you’ll be glad you thought of them beforehand.