Our kitchens are the center of our homes and the source of pride for many. Is it any wonder that people spend more money on kitchen remodeling than any other home improvement? A kitchen remodel has many choices and decisions, making it one of the most complicated home projects.
The ideal kitchen provides both comfort and function. It will be both sharp-looking and an efficient workspace. For some, a new kitchen should also cause a little envy from the neighbors. To help you, we have put together this short guide to the best way to plan a kitchen.
Kitchen Remodel Goals
- Create a personalized area that reflects your lifestyle,
- Have a design that conforms to your tastes.
- Creatively increase available storage.
- Receive the best price without cutting corners.
A kitchen remodel starts with an eye on longevity, efficiency, and function. Remember, your kitchen will be a key area of focus at resale. A recent study by the National Association of Realtors identified kitchen upgrades and complete kitchen renovations as the top two home improvements desired by homebuyers. Your kitchen remodel adds the most dollars to a sale price. It is an investment.
Find the Best Contractor
Contractors receive most of their business from word or mouth and their reputation. Nonetheless, a builder is only as good as their last job. One of the leading consumer complaints is with contractors. Here are a few tips.
- Ensure you ask for recent references from candidates and follow-up.
- Ask to see a job in progress to get a sense of work quality.
- Don’t be in a rush. Good contractors are worth the wait.
Have a Solid Plan
You will save a lot of time and money if you use an experienced designer. They know all the tricks of the trade, and can make an effective use of space while creating a design that reflects your lifestyle and tastes. In order to create a great design, there are some things you will need.
- A to-scale rendering of your existing kitchen showing all plumbing and wiring.
- A list of goals. What is your first priority? Space, function, or style?
- Research modern kitchen remodeling ideas and keep an idea folder.
Get the Biggest Bang
Even when the sky is the limit, we want the best price and value. A luxury kitchen is still a financial decision and an investment. The best way to control costs is understanding how you use your kitchen and organizing it for optimal performance. The second biggest saver is taking the time to get the best price on appliances, cabinets, and countertops.
Things Not to Do
There are common mistakes that can cause a kitchen nightmare. Here are some things you don’t want to do.
Being your own contractor – There are a lot of moving parts to a kitchen remodel. Trying to do it on your own may be a costly mistake.
Hiring the wrong contractor – You need someone you can trust. No matter how low the price is or how highly recommended they come, if a contractor makes you uncomfortable than walk away.
Becoming distracted – Start with a plan and stick to it. With all the options, it is easy to add things that cause buyer’s remorse after the project is complete.
Changing your mind – Every change in your plan will cause you time and money. Spend as much time as you need at the beginning to plan and design your dream kitchen.
If you would like to talk about more ways to plan a kitchen remodel, or need more information, please contact us.