Is it time to update your kitchen, or simply make it more functional? A kitchen remodel is one of the most daunting remodel tasks you can make for your home, but also one of the most valuable.
1. Know What To DIY, and When To Call a Pro
Sometimes, a simple counter refinish may require some sanding and paint, but if you feel like you will be changing layout or doing larger projects that involve carpentry or plumbing, so be sure to call a local contractor to work with.
2. Know What Will Hold Value, and What Won’t
Custom wine can racks feel great in the moment, but don’t particularly add value to a kitchen. Go with easy to clean surfaces, functional items like soft close glides for drawers and cabinets, and appliances (like a second sink!) that will add value and use to the kitchen.
3. Understand Where the Money Usually Goes
Whether you have a little or a lot to spend, almost all kitchen remodel projects tend to be allocated like so:
4. Know Where to Curb and Cut Corners
Changing the layout of your kitchen can add TONS of extra and exorbitant costs that you may not need to expend. If the space is functional, keep the layout as is. It’s best to go with the old adage, “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.”
You also may not NEED entirely new cabinetry. You may be surprised what sanding, or a new coat of paint, and installing new drawer and cabinet pulls can do for an updated look.
5. Maximize Space
Modern living dictates that we have more options for appliances, gadgets, and tools to make cooking and preparing meals easier and more fun than ever before. What that can amount to is a LOT of need for storage space. Consider installing:
- After-market drawer organizers
- Sliding and pull out drawers and shelves
- Lazy Susans
- Roll Out Trays
6. Consider Appliances
Think about what you really WANT versus what you really need in both a stove and a fridge. While a 8 burner stove fit for Gordon Ramsay seems great, it may be overkill and not necessary for your needs. The same can go for refrigerators. Go for a base model that has an ice and water dispenser (don’t forget proper surges for your appliances!) What you DON’T want to skimp on is a good quality oven hood. No one likes to hear the smoke alarm go off every time you make a grilled cheese!
7. Don’t forget to think of the floor!
The kitchen is where most of the wear and tear on a floor in any house can occur, from frequent traffic to spills. Linoleum can scuff and be easy to scratch, and cork and hardwood floors need to be refinished every few years to prevent damage. Porcelain tile can be a great, easy to clean option, but can get expensive.
8. Don’t Forget to Remove Your Remodel Waste!
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