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Main Aspects of a Kitchen Remodel
by Jane Brown on Jul 4, 2016
There are many ways to improve your kitchen. From resizing to accommodate smaller or taller family members to making changes to maximize space and function, trying to decide what to do can often feel overwhelming. Then when you add on the logistics of actually getting the renovation done, it’s no wonder you feel like you might be about to have a panic attack!
Rest assured that most kitchen remodels can be broken down into a few very specific parts/steps. We’re going to outline them for you in the paragraphs below.
1. Your Concept
Sure you can meet with a designer who can help you overhaul your space. Many people do. Before you call in the professional designer, though, it’s good to have an idea of what you want your space to look and feel like.
Do you have favorite colors? Do you want the kitchen to feel warmer, cozier, lighter, more spacious, calmer, what? Knowing how you want the kitchen to feel gives your designer (or yourself) a jumping off point to start planning.
For example, if you want your kitchen to feel warmer and cozier, you should opt for warmer tones in your paint or wallpaper choices, your window treatments, the stain on your cabinets, etc. You may also consider opting for specialty refrigerators offered by a variety of brands.
Alternatively, if you want a kitchen that feels more modern, you’d choose cooler colors--likely mostly white, light blues and greens, silvers and appliances and refrigerators that are stainless steel or chrome. You might even opt for appliances with built-in computers. For example, there are refrigerators that will let you push a button to see what is inside the appliance without your having to open the door.
2. Your Budget
Kitchen remodels and renovations can get expensive. From the cost of paint to the cost of new appliances--new refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers, etc. will account for a big portion of your budget--it’s important to know how much you can afford to spend before you start interviewing contractors.
PRO TIP: Almost all contractors will quote you less than will actually be spent on the remodel. This isn’t because a contractor wants to scam you; it is because there are often unforeseen circumstances that can slow down or complicate the process. When figuring out your budget, look for quotes that come in a good 20% below what you can afford to spend.
3. Get Your Priorities in Order
Unless you have the money and ability to move somewhere else while your kitchen gets torn down and rebuilt, it is important to figure out what your priorities are. You would be surprised, for example, at just how completely new appliances and a fresh coat of paint can revitalize the space. Decide what matters most to you for your “new” kitchen. This is where most of your budget should be allocated. From there, list the other changes you’d like to make in order of their importance to you. Not only will this help you plan your budget, but it can also help you plan and schedule the different work that will need to be completed. Obviously, you’ll want to run this list of priorities past a contractor to make sure they can be done in the order you want them to be done.
4. Living Your Life
How are you going to live while the remodel is taking place? Many families find it easier to move in simply with friends or family during the weeks when the most extensive work is being done. You might also consider a short term rental if you prefer to have your own space. Yes, it is possible to live in your home while remodels and renovations are happening. When it comes to kitchen remodels, though, other parts of the house are often affected. For example, your water might be shut off for a day or two while new sinks and pipes are installed. The gas might be turned off while a new oven is installed. The air will be dusty if construction is taking place. Plus, there’s the whole not having a kitchen in which to prepare your own meals. Can you live with grilled and camping-styled meals for a few weeks while the remodel is happening?
These probably seem like overly simplified steps. Trust us when we tell you that almost every part of converting your kitchen will fall under one of them! Use this outline as a guide for helping you with your planning.
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