Remodeling a kitchen can be fun, exciting and expensive. The primary goals are usually better, bigger, newer and most importantly more efficient.
It takes some serious planning to do it correctly. If you jump in without thinking you may not get what you want and what you end up with may be more expensive than you planned. Nobody wants that.
Here are a few items to seriously consider:
- Layout – Everything starts with the layout of the kitchen. You need to ask questions such as, “Will the kitchen be a place where daily meals are taken?” “Will the great room be integrated into the space?” “How many people will be cooking at one time?” Hiring an architect or kitchen design specialist to do this is always a solid bet. The experience gained by building kitchens each day is worth the extra investment.
- Appliances – When a pro is hired to help with the layout, they will almost always ask about the appliances you will use. This way, the designer can come up with several options regarding space and how it is to be used.
- Storage – Kitchens can become very crowded very quickly especially if the family is growing. This leads to the need for the newly remodeled kitchen to come with storage spaces that do not detract from its overall look. A designer will work with you to plan the most effective storage designs as well as to look for the most effective and space-efficient storage tools and furniture and will ensure that you have the budget to match.
- Plumbing & Fixtures – Make sure you hire an experienced plumber like JMS Express Plumbing. Water is the lifeblood of any kitchen. Sinks, faucets, dishwashers, and refrigerators all require water. Using a great plumber who uses quality materials can save you a lot of grief going down the road.
- Re-sale – Most homeowners will not be thinking of this but it is really important to consider how your remodeling project will affect the resale price of the home. You need to think about this very carefully because it can make all the difference in the design that you choose. For instance, if you plan to live in that home for just 3-5 years, you need to choose a design that will fit a variety of lifestyles and try to keep your personal tastes and unique elements at a minimum because what you like may be repulsive to future buyers and that will affect the value of your home.
In conclusion, make sure you do your homework and planning before starting any home improvement project. If you invest in knowledge, experience, reputation, and quality materials you should have a successful project that you can be proud of for years to come.