You finally decide it's time to remodel the kitchen, and you start dreaming big. Thoughts of all the storage and work space you'll have go around with visions of your new appliances. Starting with a wish list is actually helpful, though you'll probably have to rein in some of your ideas. Plan a remodel for your kitchen that works both within your budget and within your space.
Know your Budget
Hopefully before you even set your heart on the remodel job you've looked at your finances. Likewise, consider the value of your home – a kitchen remodel can boost the price, but not dramatically on its own. Additionally, be aware of what's going to cost what so you can plan accordingly. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, the biggest cost comes in your cabinetry and hardware – up to 20% of the overall budget. Installation fees and appliances are the next two big expenses.
Stay within a Design
The most cohesive remodels are those that stay within the house's design. If you have an historical home, you can still have a modern kitchen as long as you maintain some of the architectural detailing. Likewise, pay attention to scope. If you have a small house, a sprawling kitchen will take over. Instead, plan for space utilization. Finally, balance your personal touches with classic style. Not only does your taste change over time, but quirky details can put off prospective buyers.
Plan the Layout
To determine what remodeling needs to be done, evaluate a day in the life of your kitchen. Start with your morning routines going through to midnight snacks or entertaining, as appropriate. Pay especial attention to what tasks need to be completed simultaneously and how many people need to be in the kitchen at the same time. From there, consider what kind of layout would best facilitate your kitchen tasks. For example, pay attention to where a sink would have been handiest or what layout could facilitate clean up.
Pay Attention to the Details
Once you have the big plans made, focus on the details. First of all, ensure you have ample space since this is often the catalyst to a remodel. Likewise, take some time to plan task lighting to accommodate your work. As a general rule, space around the cooktop, refrigerator, sink and oven is especially useful. Additionally, increase your storage space. Consider having custom inserts installed in your cabinets for your specific needs. Finally, plan for the little things, like a trash compactor, spice rack or recycling center.
Your kitchen remodeling is a big undertaking – make sure the finished result matches your dreams by planning both the budget and the scope ahead of time. For more information, contact a company like Kansas City Remodel and Handyman Allen.