We can all agree that updating a bathroom or kitchen will improve not only the appearance but also the comfort of your home. Those two spaces are among the most important when it comes to remodeling. They make home remodeling worth your while.
And the good thing about this is that through careful planning and budgeting, you can get the most out of this remodeling project. Through the years, we have worked with people who spent their time planning a great kitchen remodeling project and it has always paid off in the end.
In this section, we will discuss how you can plan and execute a kitchen remodeling project at the right budget. I’m sure you want your kitchen to look great and feel comfortable… so read on.
What to Consider in a Kitchen Remodelling Project – This will Help You Get Ready
Consider the existing layout of the room and the budget when planning a kitchen renovation project. The kitchen must reflect your current lifestyle. It must accommodate your culinary needs, give the kind of space you require for dining and provide sufficient storage. Its layout and décoration must complement the architecture of your home and set the ambiance for any gatherings that may occur there.
There are various factors that play into the kitchen’s design, but the initial step to take before choosing your appliances or checking out a cabinet showroom is to establish your goals for the space.
Begin by reflecting on the reason why you are remodeling as well as what you want to get out of it. Kitchen remodeling isn’t a simple task and so you need to ask yourself why you are doing it.
When Deborah Pierce, Pierce Lamb Architects principal, West Newton, MA, works with customers, she goes through an organic method that involves focusing on each of these important variables:
• Space size
• Sunlight orientation
• Connection of the kitchen to adjacent rooms
• Homeowner’s lifestyle
• Building’s condition
For many homes, the kitchen is one of the centers of a house and the core of home activity. Remodeling your kitchen can be a huge undertaking. That’s why the article entitled Aging in Place: Kitchen Remodeling Tips for the Long-Term by Oregon Remodelers provides several guidelines on kitchen remodeling that accommodates your changing needs. Here’s an excerpt:
“Easy Access Cabinetry
When choosing cabinetry for your kitchen remodel, improve the accessibility of your stored items by installing base cabinets with roll-out trays, which not only improve your storage capacity but make items in the back of the cupboard easier to get to. A swing out shelf or lazy Susan is a must for hard-to-reach corner cabinets.
Another important factor to consider in your kitchen remodel is the height of upper wall cabinetry; consider placing it three inches lower than the conventional height. Incorporate some open shelving, as well, to give you easy access to frequently used items.
Finally, replace all cabinet knobs with pulls, which are easier on arthritic hands.”
Aside from remodeling the kitchen that lasts long, we need to consider if it actually looks good and functions well. The article by Renovation Experts called Creating the Ideal Kitchen with Renovation Experts offers a few tips on building your dream kitchen. The excerpt is provided below:
“Buy the best appliances you can afford
Your appliances are the workhorses of the kitchen. What appliances you need depends largely on your family’s lifestyle. If you love to cook and entertain then you’ll want to put the bulk of your money into a top quality range and oven. For those families who like to get meals on the table quickly, the microwave is their best friend.
If you have helpers in your kitchen, built-in drawer dishwashers by Fisher-Paykel make the clean-up process much more efficient. The drawers fit into the same space a regular under-the-counter dishwasher and can be used at the same time or separately for smaller loads.”
Kitchen Remodeling Considerations – This will Help You Make Better Decisions
As you begin planning your remodeling project, think about these factors:
- Size (Square Footage). Your kitchen’s size will determine the layout: Is there space for an island? Does the area make space for a prep sink? Where can you insert the extra storage? Will you eliminate a wall or extend the area by adding on to the home? How much space are you able to add to the kitchen layout? These are the questions to think about with an architect or kitchen designer, who can aid you in devising a solid plan.
- Existing Layout. If you should maintain the windows or doors of your kitchen, then you could be locked into the layout—yet there are always methods to modify. For example, you can include a peninsula to your L-shaped kitchen and make a horseshoe layout that provides efficiency and more counter space. As you think about a kitchen layout, take time to consider what you desire about your existing kitchen:
- How to move in the space
- Whether or not the workflow accommodates your cooking routine
- Whether or not you can easily transfer from the range to the sink
- The effectiveness of your kitchen when numerous people are cooking
- These are just a few ideas you should be considering as you start planning a kitchen remodeling plan.
- Infrastructure. Depending on your kitchen’s age, you could confront plumbing or electrical issues as you remodel. Work with an engineer-architect team to make sure that your kitchen’s “guts” can accommodate the technology (such as appliances, lighting) you’ll install.
- Lifestyle. How will you utilize the kitchen? How do you entertain? What kind of cook are you? For instance, picking professional appliances that use 80% of the space couldn’t allow sufficient room for cabinetry storage and area for window expansion to allow more light to enter inside the kitchen.
- Budget. Choose where to splurge as well as where to save. Set a reasonable budget, figuring between 6% and 10% of the home value for a kitchen remodel.
But if you want to be in for new and out of the old, you may want to check out TOP KITCHEN REMODELING TRENDS by Footbridge Media Directory. Below are a couple of trendy kitchen remodeling ideas.
“Going Green: Reducing your carbon footprint with kitchen furnishings that are built from renewable resources is a direction that many homeowners are taking. This environmentally sound method of home improvement has created a popular shift to using sustainable tabletops build from bamboo. These butcher block style surfaces can be adapted for your countertops or tables, and are 100% environmentally safe as well as attractive.
Contemporary Cabinets: Many homeowners are moving away from traditional cabinetry and instead transitioning to minimalistic modern designs that use touch-latches and aluminum or bamboo surfaces and glass. These cabinets reduce the need for hardware and are available in a wide variety of design styles.”
If you want to know more tips and several fresh ideas on kitchen remodeling, it would be worth your while to contact your local contractor. They will have the experience and expertise to give you excellent advice.
We hope you learned much from this post. If you have questions and clarifications, don’t hesitate to address them in the comments.