Renovating parts of your home can be a very rewarding process and add considerable value to your property. There are a range of options when it comes to remodeling your home, but if your budget can only stretch to remodeling one room, that room should be the kitchen. It’s one of the most used rooms in most homes, so it’s worth some serious consideration.
Before the Remodeling Project Begins
Here are a few things you should think about before you begin your kitchen remodeling project.
1. Why Are You Remodeling?
Kitchen remodeling is about more than just aesthetics. What are the reasons you want to remodel your kitchen? It could be better utilization of space, added functionality, or to integrate this space with other areas of your home.
Determine exactly what you want to achieve before you start planning your kitchen remodeling project. This will help you to streamline the renovation process.
2. Set a Realistic Budget
Before you begin remodeling your kitchen, it’s important to consider your budget against the value of your property. You don’t want to invest a large amount of money if the value of your home is trending downward. Thorough research is required to come to an estimated cost before you go out and start buying appliances and materials.
3. Plan Kitchen Appliances Early
Don’t wait until the last minute to start thinking about the appliances you want in your new kitchen. Most remodeling projects face unexpected costs. You don’t want to opt for lower quality products because you’re almost out of money. When looking for appliances, consider:
- Quality and longevity
- Energy efficiency
- Features and technologies
- Flexibility and ease of use
There’s no rule for how much you should spend on new kitchen appliances. The quality and range of appliances you go for will depend on your overall budget and needs. As a general rule, you should leave about 20% of your budget for new appliances.
4. Hiring a Professional Contractor
Doing it yourself is a more cost-effective approach to kitchen remodeling, but it is not without risk. Think realistically about what will require the skills of a professional such as a kitchen designer or a contractor.
Changing the layout of a kitchen might require a change in plumbing or electrical outlets. It is best not to attempt these on your own, but rather employ the expertise of a reputable remodeling professional.
5. Understand What Makes a Great Kitchen Design
Today the most desired kitchens are part of an open room concept. They are connected to the dining room or living area and include a central kitchen island. If you decide to integrate your kitchen into the rest of your dining or living spaces, consider materials that are aligned with the rest of the space.
6. Pay Attention to Details
Small details make a big difference. From the backsplash, tiles, flooring, and cabinets, make sure you consider every element of your new kitchen design. It’s also important to consider the material you choose for things like your kitchen island, breakfast bar, or countertops.
For a more sophisticated look, choose wooden, marble, or granite surfaces. Wooden surfaces add character and charm without going over budget. Lighting is an essential element in kitchen design. There are many options to choose from. Take your time to shop around for the best deals.
7. Choose Your Color Scheme
Neutral colors are best if you’re planning to put your property on the market soon after renovating. Kitchens with white cabinets or a light-colored palette appeal to a range of tastes and appear clean and bright.
If you’re remodeling your kitchen because you feel like a change, rather than for selling, you have more room to get creative. Decide on the overall look you’re going for. You can update your space into something more modern or an Italian style kitchen. The style you decide will dictate the color scheme.
Ready to Renovate?
Whether you are looking to completely renovate your kitchen, install new cabinets, granite or quartz countertops, add a walk-in pantry, or doing something in between, Finnteriors can help. Our experienced remodeling experts can guide you to find a style and taste within your budget. We have built a reputation of honesty, integrity, and quality work.
Let us take your small, drab, outdated kitchen, and replace it with a magnificent updated gourmet kitchen. We can handle all of your remodeling needs. Contact us today for a free consultation.