The kitchen is the heart of the home. It is more than just a place for cooking meals and storing your food and appliances. Today, most people consider it as a space dedicated for fun family activities. Others even choose to entertain friends in the kitchen.
A lot of homeowners dream of the day when they’ll finally be able to revamp their kitchen space. If you are thinking about redoing your kitchen, then we urge you to read on.
Here are 8 things to consider before remodeling your kitchen.
Make a plan
The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the house. Take a look at your kitchen and think about what you want to do to make it more beautiful and functional.
Think about traffic patterns. Work aisles should be at least 42 inches wide. Paths throughout the kitchen should be at least 36 inches wide. Also, think about where to store your pots, pans, plates, and other kitchen equipment. Everything should have its own place.
Using the existing layout, as well as leaving major systems such as electric, gas, and plumbing intact will save you big bucks. Hire a professional contractor to help you draw a working layout. These professionals have the skills and knowledge to ensure that your new space functions the way it’s supposed to be.
Set a budget
The kitchen is one of the most popular rooms to remodel, but it is also one of the most expensive to renovate. Depending on how serious an overhaul it is, the average kitchen renovation ranges between $20,000 to $50,000.
The idea of giving your kitchen a makeover can be exciting, but it is a project that requires careful planning and budgeting. As you design your dream kitchen, you should also take a look at your financial picture and decide how much you are willing to spend for this project.
Once you have a budget in mind, it will be easier for you to decide which areas to splurge on and where to save. Kitchen cabinetry, for instance, can be costly. If you are working on a limited budget, you may want to refinish old kitchen cabinets instead of replacing them. This will give your kitchen a fresh look without breaking the bank. Also, it is important to set aside 20% to 25% on top of your budget to handle surprises and unexpected costs.
Set a budget and stick to it. Don’t be tempted to deviate from your plan mid-project. This is one of the main factors that sends a budget spiraling out of control.
Hire experienced contractor
A kitchen remodel can be costly. Some people decide to go the DIY route in the hopes of saving money. You may be able to save on labor cost, but you may end up with a disastrous-looking kitchen space, which negates the benefits of a kitchen remodel.
A kitchen remodeling project requires the skills and experience to get the job done in a timely manner. By hiring a professional, you can save yourself the time, stress, and money in the long run. Plus, you can get the kitchen you’ll always dreamed of. Ultimately, you’ll be confident spending your hard-earned money, knowing that this home improvement project will help boost the value of your home.
Consider your needs and lifestyle
Your kitchen should reflect your lifestyle. So before taking on a remodeling project, you need to take your family’s needs and lifestyle into consideration.
Start by reflecting about how you actually use your kitchen. Is it mainly used for preparing meals? Or do you usually use it to entertain guests? Do your kids do their homework in the kitchen?
Considering how you use the space will help you design a space that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. If you love having friends over, you may want to opt for an open layout. This way, you’ll have a dedicated space to hangout when your family and friends come over. Plus, it will be easier for you to entertain your guests while you prepare meals for them. This is also advantageous if your kids love to hang out in the kitchen. You’ll be able to look after them while you do your thing.
How long will it take?
The average kitchen renovation takes about 6 to 8 weeks. Generally, it depends on the complexity of the project, kitchen size, and scope. Before you start, ask your contractor for a timeframe. Sometimes, it takes longer than the agreed upon timeframe, so be prepared for that.
If you are planning to do a major renovation, then you may need to stay someplace else while renovations are taking place. Imagine cooking and preparing meals in a messy home. I bet it’s going to cost you your sanity. Renting an apartment is a a good idea as it will lessen your stress. Plus, it will be easier for the contractors to do their job if no one is at home.
If you’ll be renting an apartment, then you need to factor in the cost into your budget.
Are you staying or selling?
Why did you decide to remodel your kitchen? Are you planning to sell the house and hoping to increase the value of your home by doing a kitchen remodel? Or you just want to improve the look of your kitchen? This is an important thing to consider before you start with the project.
How long are you planning to stay in the house? If you intend to stay in that house for the next 5 years, then go ahead and put your plans into action. But if you are considering selling the house in the near future, we suggest that you avoid over-improving. Skip the $15,000 remodeling project and focus on cosmetic upgrades instead. Rather than replacing your kitchen cabinet, consider repainting them.
Sure, a kitchen remodel can increase the value of your home. However, there is no guarantee that you’ll be able to recoup your investment, especially if you spend too much on it.
Do you need permits?
Although rules vary from state to state, certain types of upgrades require a permit. The costs can vary depending on the state, type of home improvement project, as well as the remodeling cost. In most cases, permits will cost you hundreds of dollars.
Make sure that you take permits into account when designing your kitchen. You will most likely need a permit if you will be adding or removing walls or if you’ll be touching anything behind the walls or in the floor. A permit is also required for any projects that involve plumbing, electrical, and natural gas. Meanwhile, cosmetic upgrades such as flooring installation, replacing countertop, painting, and replacing an existing sink do not require a permit.
Get the measurement right
Some homeowners are too excited to shop for new appliances that they forget to measure the pathway. This is one of the most common mistakes homeowners make.
There are instances when they would invest on top-of-the line appliances, only to find out that it won’t fit through the door. Don’t make that mistake. Make sure that you get the measurements, including the ones for the doorways, walkways, and counters before you start shopping for appliances.