The whole point of renovating your kitchen is to add value and functionality to it while also boosting its aesthetic appeal. It’s an exciting and creative process that comes with its own set of challenges; however, if you plan your remodeling project efficiently from the get-go, it is more likely to be smooth-sailing throughout.
There are a couple of things one must consider before going forward with remodeling a kitchen, all of which will have a major impact on the outcome of the project. From getting value for your money, to creating a fully functional kitchen; we are here to share six crucial things to plan ahead for when renovating your kitchen.
1. Determine your budget
Renovating any room in the house does not come cheap, and remodeling a kitchen is no different. Without a feasible budget in mind, you will find yourself spending more money on the project than you thought you would. With that said, fixing a budget can be rather tricky; you need to set aside enough funds to make the renovation worthwhile, but also keep a limit to how much you are willing to spend without feeling like you are putting yourself in a bad place financially.
The best way to come up with a reasonable budget is to first understand how much you can afford to spend on your kitchen renovation and secondly, what you would like to achieve with the project. Having said this, a budget will generally give you a realistic idea of what you can (and can’t) do with your remodeling project and therefore, the two go hand in hand.
2. Choosing your kitchen renovator
This is where it gets trickier, especially for those who are on a tight budget. Like most products and services, superior quality costs more, but not without reason. For starters, low-cost materials typically mean low-quality, and cheap labour provides poor construction. So, if you want your kitchen renovation to turn out the way you envision, you simply cannot compromise on quality even though it will cost you a little more than the average company looking to make a fast buck.
At Kitchen & Stone, we keep our rates as affordable as possible while providing top-notch service supported by the use of premium quality materials and hardware. Choosing anything less than this will actually cost you more money in the long run because inferior quality does not last long. This, in turn, means having to bear the recurring expense of costly repairs. Therefore, it is critically important to do your research and choose an established kitchen remodeling company for your project.
3. The Current Layout
Major kitchen remodeling generally involves changing the current layout and even breaking down some walls. Although this drives up the cost, it is necessary for kitchens where the homeowner wishes to enlarge the space. Creating a whole new kitchen layout also means spending more time on the project and, in some cases, will require rewiring and relocation of water connections and/or water pipes.
For smaller changes to be made around the existing layout of the kitchen, the possibilities are endless. Everything from the flooring, cabinetry, benchtop, island (or installation of one), and wall colours can be changed for a complete revamp of your kitchen space. Therefore, changing the layout is only advised if you wish to create a larger space, or the current layout does not leave room for improvement where functionality is concerned.
4. Size and Style of Appliances
As simple as it seems to pick out kitchen appliances, the number of different types and styles available is sure to put you into a tizzy! Furthermore, the size of each appliance must be chosen according to more than just its usage; depending on the remodeling work done in the kitchen, the size and style of appliances must be proportionate to the room and well-matched, too. Assuming that these decisions fall outside your area of expertise, it is best to get advice or guidance from the professionals working on your kitchen remodeling project.
Another thing to consider where kitchen appliances are concerned is priorities. There are many advanced appliances available, however, not many of them are suited for regular usage. These high-end designs cost more money and are often chosen for their appearance as opposed to functionality. Therefore, it’s important to prioritise kitchen appliances to ensure that you are getting everything you need and will actually make use of.
5. Choose the Kitchen Style
Typically, the style of a kitchen is in tune with the rest of the home; however, many choose to distinguish this room by opting for something different, yet influenced by existing styles around the house. The style of kitchen for you will depend on personal taste and your own unique, creative ideas.
For anyone that is feeling overwhelmed by this impending decision, Kitchen & Stone is well-versed in redesigning and renovating kitchens in a wide variety of styles and can help you make the perfect choice. By factoring in size and layout, as well as the interior décor of other rooms, we will help you decide which kitchen style will serve you best in terms of functionality and beauty.
6. Suitable Lighting
An equally important aspect of kitchen renovation is lighting. Everything from having adequate light in the room to the style of lights you choose can have a major impact on the overall appeal of your kitchen. In order to have optimal light in the room, you need to consider the size of the kitchen and understand where it is best suited to install lighting fixtures.
In general, artificial lighting must work in a way where it is as good as natural light so that you can cook and do other things efficiently in your kitchen. With that said, it’s advisable not to create a very bright space but rather focus more light on areas that require it such as kitchen cabinets, the refrigerator, and over the stove and sink.
Unlike some horror stories you may hear, a kitchen remodeling project can be 100% successful if you enlist the help of true professionals in the business that will not only help you figure out exactly what you want and how to achieve it within your budget, but will also provide high-quality and desirable results.