So you've taken the big leap and decided that you want to remodel your kitchen. Great . . . now what? How do you turn your grand ideas of renovation into a finished product? How do you even start? Regardless of the scale of your ambition, the renovation process can be exhaustive, expensive, and rather daunting. That's why it's important to carefully consider all possibilities, and plan everything out, well before you ever swing that demolition hammer. Thankfully, there are clever articles on the web that can help you formulate and articulate your thoughts into a feasible game plan. This article plans to do just that. This article will discuss some useful tips and suggestions that all future renovators should be aware of, in order to help you formulate, structure, and execute your kitchen remodeling goals.
Kitchen renovations can cost a great deal of money, but they can also add a lot of investment value into your home. Both are excellent reasons why it's imperative you carefully consider all aspects of your renovation before you begin. Below you will find several key considerations for determining how to get started, and where you will end up.
- What is your budget? - Your ideas may be the best a contractor has ever heard of, but they won't help you if your budget can't account for them. Set yourself realistic budgeting goals. Sit down with any other parties involved in the decision and set yourself a budget that you can stick to!
- What are your needs? - Functionality and flow should always come before elegance and design. Make a list of the top 10 things you'll need in your remodel. Perhaps space for a double-wide refrigerator is a priority? How about dual sinks that sit within an island? Maybe you need to open up the entire kitchen floor plan for enhanced flow? Should the microwave be counter-height or professional-kitchen height? Do we need a trash compactor? Will the dishwasher and oven spacing conflict if we place them adjacent? Do we really need a dual-range stove-top? Whatever it is, make a list, and make it early.
- What are your desires? - Aside from your needs, having a desires list helps put things into perspective. Choose a few aspects that are desirable from a design standpoint. Perhaps an elegant back-splash, heated floor tiles, or mahogany cabinets are what you're after? Try and sprinkle in some improved aesthetics with functionality.
- Consider the impact - Renovations and remodels can take time, energy, and patience out of your life. Prepare and account for this early on. Avoid remodels during hectic times at work. Consider taking a vacation while the contractors are working. Avoid construction during prolonged holidays as the workers will be breaking in-between. Late spring through early fall seem to be the best time for home renovations.
- Gather inspiration and knowledge - You don't have to have the most unique kitchen in the world. It's perfectly fine to gather inspiration from other sources. Look up remodeling website, take free brochures from hardware stores, and skim through renovation magazines. All of these sources can help you visualize your end goals, and help put the process into perspective. Some sources can also help explain the process so you'll be a bit more informed on what exactly is involved. Most renovators fail to realize the scale and complexity of renovations until they're half-way through them.
- Consider the furnishings - For many individuals, the kitchen is the heart of the home. The kitchen receives, on average, just as much foot-traffic (if not more) than any other room in the house. With so much traffic, you should plan for the furnishings to support it. Perhaps space for an 8-person dining table is required? If your kitchen backs up to your backyard, then an area to hang clothes, jackets, and set aside boots might be in order. The key is to visualize how you'll use the space, and plan for that before you remodel.
Now that you're thinking, it's time to discuss some general tips for a successful kitchen remodel. You don't have to go with any of these, but they're certainly suggested.
- Stick to lighter colors if you're working with a smaller kitchen. Darker colors create a more confined look and feel, while brighter colors help open up a smaller space.
- Plan for power by having an electrician run additional outlets on independent circuits. The dishwasher, refrigerator, and microwave should all have their own, separate circuit.
- Centralize your kitchen by using a focal point. Putting emphasis on your oven-range, island, or window-sink space can really tie a design together.
- Reduce clutter and wasted space by utilizing all the room you have. Use ceiling height cabinets, corner drawers, and localize storage space. Doing so will save you real estate in the kitchen, and avoid wasted steps.
- Plan for traffic and flow. If you think your aisles are not wide enough during the design phase, add another 6 inches if possible. Ample space can make all the difference in the world for a remodeled kitchen.
- Choose anti-microbial countertops. Stainless steel, brass, and copper are excellent counters for resisting germs. If you have kids or cook a lot, then consider going with something that will help you fight the germs.
- Plan for storage space properly. Having a wall-rack above the range for spices, a drawer built just for knives, and a lazy-Susan style pantry for containers can make a huge difference in how your space is accessed. Plan to localize, condense, and prioritize your space before you begin. If you have kids, having certain spaces within (and out of) reach is also important. Ensure the kids have a drawer for their homework, coloring books, and snacks, but keep knives in a place where they can't access them.
A kitchen remodel with a company like Jones Construction can be fun and exciting, but it can also be a grueling and expensive mess if poorly planned. By formulating your thoughts well before hand, and considering all the possible outcomes, you'll be better prepared to make the right decisions and execute your project in a more efficient manner. Hopefully this article gets your gears turning, and sets you off in the right direction.