Your kitchen is the heart of your home. It’s also the place most homeowners start when it comes to making improvements in the home. That being said, it’s also likely going to be the place you spend the most money. Some things can be handled by the average homeowner. But, when it comes to major renovations like changing counter tops and backsplashes; you may want to call in a kitchen remodeling contractor.
Before you do that, however, do your research. You need to create some kind of style board. Pinterest is a great place to save specific cabinet styles, flooring styles, and floorplan. You need to decide how far you want to go with the remodel. Are you wanting to just make some cosmetic changes like cabinet color or new faucet. Changing light fixtures can be fairly easy. But, adding can lights, new outlets, and the like will need a professional.
Set a budget
The first step in tackling a kitchen remodel is to set a budget. There is no point in putting together a whole style board if you don’t have to budget to accomplish the ideas you have. You’ll mostly just wind up disappointed. Be realistic. Doing a kitchen renovation will definitely increase your property value. Home buyers look for functional as well as beautiful kitchens. It’s possible that you may need to take the renovation in stages. To avoid stress, knowing how much you have to spend and sticking to that amount is the key.
You may need to think of ways to update your kitchen without breaking the bank.
You may need to consider refacing your cabinets instead of replacing them. Many homeowners choose to paint their cabinets if they can’t afford to replace with new. Freshly painted cabinets, new counter tops, and backsplash can transform a kitchen. If your cabinets are in bad shape and not salvageable, consider ordering RTA cabinets. These are cabinets that are ready to assemble. That can be purchased for a fraction of the cost of custom cabinets. These companies usually have a designer who will work with you in the design of your kitchen. They’ll guide you in exactly what you need to order to get the job done right.
When we remodeled our old kitchen, we decided to take down the high bar behind the sink. This improved the function of the kitchen immensely. We gained counter space and made the kitchen feel bigger by making a more open space. Maybe you have room for an island that can also give you more counter space. Consider adding an island on wheels so it can be moved when necessary. You can add cabinets with more drawers for more storage. Consider 42″ cabinets. This will also increase storage capacity.
Be careful of trends
Don’t fall into the trap of choosing super trendy styles. Remember, kitchen remodels are expensive and you don’t want to be doing it again in a couple of years. If you choose a trendy color for your cabinets, you may tire of it in a short amount of time. Black sinks with gold hardware are beautiful. But will you want that five years down the road? Feel free to add things like funky light fixtures. These are easily replaced. Avoid appliances with trendy finishes. The expense could make replacing them cost prohibitable. Show your style with accessories and paint colors.
With careful planning and budgeting, you can create a functionally beautiful kitchen. Don’t make impulsive about changes you want to make. Tackle the must haves first then sprinkle in the items that can be considered extras. A fresh new kitchen can make you fall in love with your home all over again.