The importance of a kitchen remodeling project cannot be stressed enough. If properly done, a remodel makes your kitchen more aesthetically pleasing, improves functionality, and raises the overall value of your home. However, a full kitchen remodeling project doesn't come cheap, so it's important to do a quality job the first time. Here are four tips to follow when remodeling your kitchen.
Set a Budget
There are many areas to focus on when it comes to kitchen remodeling projects. You're probably looking to paint the walls and cabinets, add pendant lighting, replace the sink, buy new appliances, rearrange the layout, and knock down walls. Unfortunately, you may not have a ready budget for all these activities. Therefore, before beginning the project, decide what upgrades you want to make and set aside a budget for it.
That said, a kitchen renovation project isn't something you do every other day. Hence, you may want to avoid spending too little on the project to the point that you compromise on quality. Also, allow some leeway for surprises, as you don't know what lies deep in your plumbing systems or behind the walls of your old cabinets.
Base Choices on Reality
You have probably seen luxury-brand refrigerators and expensive 6-burner gas ranges. And while it's impressive, this doesn't mean you need these exact appliances for your kitchen. Any purchasing decision on kitchen appliances should be based on your lifestyle and cooking needs.
Also, when doing a kitchen remodel, it's advisable to focus more on the design and functionality of your kitchen instead of the tools. If you have a small-sized kitchen, oversize appliances will only bring a lot of inconveniences. The same goes for your kitchen features. A big bay window overlooking a lake may be a thing of beauty, but you may not need a bay window if your kitchen overlooks a busy street.
Quality, Quality, Quality
The durability of materials should be a priority during kitchen remodeling. If you have the financial capability, resist the idea of low-quality bargains to save money. Instead, look for materials with long warranty periods and low maintenance needs. For example, granite countertops will cost you a little more to install, and they're more durable and less resistant to chips and cracks.
Additionally, using high-quality products significantly raises the overall value of your kitchen. This will be a selling advantage if you plan to put your home on the market.
Don't Ignore Lighting
Good lighting systems not only make your kitchen appear larger and brighter, but they also help you work more safely and efficiently. Typically, there are three types of light fixtures you can choose from for your kitchen (ideally, you should have all of them).
First, there are recessed ceiling fixtures installed over open floors to provide good overall light. Then there are under-cabinet lighting fixtures to provide task light over the countertops and highlight your cabinetry and backsplash. Finally, there are ceiling fixtures to brighten work zones like sinks, peninsulas, and islands.
For more information about residential remodeling, contact a local contractor.