Thinking about remodeling your kitchen?
Remodeling an outdated or deteriorating kitchen is very common nowadays. The main reason people decide to remodel their kitchen is to increase the value of their homes and/or improve the functionality to better suite their family lifestyle.
For many households the kitchen is the center of activity for the family and for entertaining.
Remodeling the kitchen can be a major undertaking. It is not just the expense, but also the inconvenience to the household. Working with the designers and installers can make remodeling your kitchen a pleasant or stressful experience. Do your homework to find the best companies to work with.
Reasons to remodel the kitchen
- Improve functionality
- More Satisfaction
- Improve value of your home
- Energy efficiency with newer appliances
- Accommodate aging family members
Things to consider before you start
Remodeling your kitchen can be a big undertaking and requires good planning with the right people.
- What is the cost?
- Who will I get to do the work?
- What am I improving and why?
- Do we need more space?
Need more space
Space is often a basic need when remodeling a kitchen. Consider removing a wall in the house to gain space however, this is not always a practical approach as you may be using up other space in the house you need. Then consider expanding the floor space by pushing out the exterior walls. Yes, more cost but it may be the best solution to get to your goal.
Discuss your project with a kitchen planner or a Design Build contractor to get their ideas.
Most kitchen experts agree that one great way to save money on a kitchen remodeling project is to keep the kitchen’s current layout or make a few changes. That doesn’t mean that every cabinet must be in the same location. You’ll save money by leaving major systems such as plumbing, gas, electric, and heating intact.
Freshen and brighten up
You can change the look of a kitchen with less expense if you work with what you have and do some of these.
- Repaint the existing cabinets
- Change or improve the existing lighting
- Put lights on dimmer switches
- Replace the counter tops
- Paint the walls
- New flooring
Some or all of these will dramatically change the look and feel of the kitchen
How to start
If I can leave you with one important point, inform yourself as much as you can.
- Gather information, ideas, and samples
- Talk to friends or family who have remodeled
- Make a needs and wish list
- Get references
- See work they have completed Visit kitchen companies in your area, look at quality and discuss price levels
There is a lot to consider before you start and a lot of work on everyone’s part before the kitchen is finished. Through careful planning and working with correct people to get the job done you will have a new better looking, better functioning kitchen adding value to your home.