Understanding The Basics of a Kitchen Remodel
There are few home renovations as exciting or potentially terrifying as the kitchen remodel. Whether you need to replace your old appliances, update your cabinets and countertops or create more space, a kitchen remodel is daunting yet full of fun.
Whatever your motivations are for your renovation project, you must understand its basics and do your research to get the most bang for your buck. Get started with the following tips:
Decide What You Need
You’ve probably already got a general idea of the big-ticket items (a new oven and refrigerator, perhaps). Still, plenty of small things can make a massive difference in the overall feel of your space.
Make a list, then cross off anything that isn’t necessary. For example, if you don’t need a dishwasher right now but would like one eventually (and have the budget for one), write down “add dishwasher” on your list. If something else isn’t essential for everyday cooking but would still be nice to have around (like an island or pantry), add it too.
Write down everything from minor details like rearranging electrical outlets, so they’re more accessible. Take a look at your budget and decide if these projects will add financial and aesthetic value to your kitchen without breaking the bank. Get guidance from experts to see where you can splurge a little or where you should save to maximize your budget.
Decide Which Items Need Replacing
You may want to replace the countertops as they’re the most visible part of your kitchen. If you have laminate or natural stone countertops, you may want to replace them with quartz or granite for a more modern look. You may even want to consider replacing your old cabinets and drawers.
If you have damaged wood cabinets, consider replacing them with new ones made of high-quality composite materials. Whatever you’d like to change, make a list of them. This helps you gather your thoughts before you embark on the project.
Design The Layout
There are a hundred reasons to design your kitchen. The layout of your kitchen is essential and should be designed to meet the needs and desires of your family. Your cooking, cleaning, and entertaining habits are all factors that should be considered when designing your new kitchen.
If you like to cook elaborate meals with many ingredients, then it would be best to have an island in your kitchen. This way, many people can work on preparing a meal at once without much traffic going back and forth.
If you love entertaining guests, having enough space for everyone is essential. It will reduce congestion in other rooms, such as living or dining rooms, and you can host guests in your kitchen while cooking.
Create A Plan Of Action
Once you have a clear vision of what you want, the next step is to create a plan of action. Your first step is to list the steps required to complete your remodel. This will help you keep track of everything that needs to be done and ensure that things are done in the proper order.
For example, if one of your goals is to redo all the flooring in your kitchen, then it might be best for you to lay out an exact time frame (i.e., week 1: remove old tiles and prep floor; week 2: purchase new tile). You should also include when each person on your team should start working on their tasks individually (i.e., friend A starts taking up old tiles; friend B purchases new tile).
This way, everyone knows exactly what they need to do next without having any questions or conflicts arise later on down the line during construction time!
Get A Few Quotes For The Work You Want Done
When getting quotes, get at least three different quotes from different contractors. You can find contractors by asking your friends and family members who they use for home renovations, or you can also try online websites.
Once you’ve found a few contractors to contact, make sure that the quotes come from legitimate businesses, not just individuals with no experience in kitchen remodeling projects. Check out the company’s website and see if there’s any information about their staff, history of completed projects, etc.
If possible, call up references provided by each contractor (if any) to ask about their experience with that particular service provider. This lets you assess them before committing to working together.
Finish By Adding Smaller Pieces Like Flooring And Lighting
One of the final steps in finishing your kitchen remodel is to add smaller pieces like flooring and lighting. You want to use durable, long-lasting, and easy to clean flooring. This will make cleaning up spills easier and help keep your home looking its best. Consider materials that are easy to install as well as maintain.
A kitchen remodel can be an exciting and great way to upgrade your home. However, it’s important to remember that kitchen remodels can be expensive, which is why many people decide to do their remodels in stages. That being said, there are ways that you can save money on these projects by doing them yourself or hiring contractors who specialize in budget-friendly renovations.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.