When planning a new kitchen, the first step is to figure out what you need in your new kitchen and decide on a budget. Whether you are thinking of a small or large renovation, your contractor or remodeler can give you an idea of how to allocate your budget. Here are some suggestions to help you get started.
How’s the Performance of your Kitchen Now?
If the current layout and design of your kitchen is not functional enough for you and your family, then you may want to adjust the flow of the kitchen. The kitchen is a central gathering place and families spend many hours a day there. It’s really important that you’re happy with the design and function of the space because it is where you see your family at the beginning and at the end of each day.
When deciding your budget, it’s very helpful to prioritize what you need and what you want in your new kitchen. Make a list on the things you definitely need to change in your kitchen and then another list for the other things you would like to change, if the remodeling budget allows.
Renovate your kitchen wisely because it is usually the best investment you can make in your home. Hire a professional kitchen remodeler if you want major layout changes.
It’s Not Just About the Cabinets
Planning a kitchen remodel takes some time and there are many things you’ll need to consider, like flooring; lighting fixtures; and windows. You’ll also have to decide where you want your windows placed. Do you want to refinish your wood floor or replace it? What kind of structural changes will you need to make? Consider if you’ll want any new openings made for doors or windows or maybe you’ll even need an addition to provide enough space for the new layout. Also, give some thought in advance to paint/finish and trim options. These can be the “icing on the cake” for a kitchen and warrant careful consideration. They are often overlooked by homeowners and wind up being a rushed decision made as the project is nearing completion.
Behind the Walls, Other Expenses to Consider
A kitchen renovation is the perfect time to deal with any underlying issues like old or outdated plumbing, electrical wiring and insulation. It is easier – and therefore less expensive – to deal with any of these issues now. No one wants to tear apart a brand new kitchen, so you want to be sure that all of the out-of-sight items are completely up to date and will last for many years to come.
When you want to conserve energy, the best investment you can make is to insulate the walls. In many older homes you’ll find inadequate insulation or even no insulation at all. When winter or summer comes, an insulated kitchen will stay at a more comfortable temperature for your family. Also, more importantly, a properly insulated kitchen will help keep your pipes from freezing in winter.
Give a little thought and planning on your kitchen remodel project and it will get started without a hitch!