You know that feeling when you’re preparing a meal and there’s just not enough counter space? Or how there’s that one part of your kitchen—the crack in your floor, the color of your cabinets, or the wallpaper—that annoys you to no end? Yeah, we’ve all been there. If this is you, it might be time to consider remodeling. To help you out and give you an idea of what remodeling requires, here are some things to consider before remodeling your kitchen.
Before you even think about renovating your kitchen, stop for a moment and think about whether you can afford what you want to do. If you decide remodeling is within your budget, how much are you prepared to spend? Which parts of your kitchen are you willing to save on, and which parts are important enough to you to spend more on? A kitchen renovation is not an inexpensive project—I speak from experience here—but if y’all are like me and you spend a lot of time in your kitchen, or you’re updating your home because you’re thinking of selling, it may be worth the investment.
As I said before, remodeling a kitchen takes a lot of time and work, so you’ll want to make a remodeling schedule to follow throughout the project. You’ll be glad that you did once you’re in the thick of things! Decide which materials and appliances you’ll be using in advance so that they’ll be ready when you need them. You’ll also want to schedule any services you’ll need in advance—you don’t want to be left with no one to install the plumbing in your kitchen!
When thinking of how to update your kitchen, be sure to consider the intended use of the kitchen in your home. Do you cook elaborate meals in your kitchen regularly? Does your family regularly gather in the kitchen for family game night? Is the kitchen where you host your guests? Decide on the main functions of your kitchen and design it accordingly.
Speaking of design, this is where the fun really starts. Maybe you’ve always dreamed of having an island in your kitchen or a certain kind of countertop. With the proper planning, you can create the kitchen you’ve always dreamed of. When designing your new kitchen, consider the layout that your kitchen already has. Generally, it’s less expensive and less hassle to keep your kitchen’s current layout, but it is possible to change that if your current layout isn’t working for you. After choosing a layout, decide what style you’re going for and choose colors, appliances, and other installations accordingly.
Who could forget about the appliances! If you’d like to save some money and your appliances are still functioning, you can keep them in your new kitchen setup. If your appliances are old or won’t fit with your new kitchen design, they’ll need to be replaced. Appliances you’ll need to consider include the stove, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, and range hood. Often, people forget about choosing a range hood, but as part of the kitchen’s ventilation system, it’s one of the most important appliances to consider for kitchen safety.
You now know all the things to consider before remodeling your kitchen. I do hope these tips have set you up for remodeling success. Now go, friends, and create your new dream kitchen!