When considering a kitchen remodel there are many aspects to consider. Families tend to spend the majority of their time in the kitchen and it needs to be functional and comfortable. If you have just moved into a new home, live with the current kitchen for a while before creating a plan for the remodel. You need to know how you will use the space and the best way to use your renovation budget.
First, do make a design plan. Whether you create this yourself using software on the computer or you hire a professional, the plan will determine the layout of your new kitchen. You need to measure the walls and include the windows and doorways. You will also need to think about whether you want to change the plumbing or gas lines for appliances. When working on any type of home improvement, you will also need to apply for the proper permits.
Second, you do need to decide on a kitchen remodel budget. Once you begin shopping for cabinets, appliances, lighting, etc it can be easy to go crazy and forget about how much money you have to spend. You need to consider how much money you have in your remodel budget and you also need to take into consideration how much of that money you will get back if you decide to sell your home in the future. If you live in a moderate neighborhood, it may not be cost effective to buy expensive granite countertops and high end industrial appliances. You probably would not see a return on your investment.
Next, don’t forget to choose a beautiful backsplash. If you are creating a neutral kitchen with paint and flooring, consider installing a “pop” of color with your backsplash. There are many different designs including glass tile, hand made Spanish tiles, or subway tile that can be used to create a statement in your kitchen. Depending on how much wall space you need to cover, this could be the perfect place to splurge and purchase a beautiful designer tile.
Finally, think about the durability of the flooring. In most cases, don’t install carpet in the kitchen or dining room. If you have kids or pets, carpet could be a true disaster. Instead think about installing tile, vinyl, or hardwood. Homeowners who are trying to create a cohesive look throughout the house may choose to use the same flooring throughout. You will want to make sure it is easy to clean and maintain and has a timeless feel that will last for years.
Doing a kitchen remodel can give your home a whole new life. Once the construction work is done, you can have fun decorating with reclaimed items or dishes you find in an antique store. You do not have to spend a lot of money to make your kitchen look expensive. Starting with a plan and staying on a budget will give you a sense of satisfaction and you will not have to worry about remodeler’s regret.
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Bryan Grayson writes about kitchen remodels, home improvement, and more.