Kitchen remodeling is an extremely personal process. No matter the size of your budget, you can have a beautiful and stylish kitchen that matches your personal vision. The many choices of cabinets, colors, countertop material, appliances, and even drawer pulls, can make your kitchen remodel a fun and exciting – if overwhelming – process.
Here are 10 kitchen remodeling tips that will help you plan for your kitchen makeover and make your project more manageable:
1. Determine a budget.
Decide specifically what areas you want to focus on, and determine a budget. Figure out how much of your existing kitchen can be saved and how much needs to be replaced. Set a budget that makes you comfortable, and stick to it.
2. Narrow down your decorating style.
Narrow down your decorating style. Gather inspiration from decorating blogs, magazines, Pinterest, and photo galleries. Knowing what you like (and what you don’t) helps you plan more easily for your kitchen remodel and convey your ideas to designers and contractors.
3. Create good flow.
The most important aspect of any kitchen remodel is the flow, functionality, and layout.
It might sound silly, but “play pretend” in your soon-to-be-remodeled space! Use cardboard boxes or painters tape to outline the counter space and appliances. Now, go through the motions of making a meal to get a physical sense of how far away the sink is from the stove, the prep areas, and the refrigerator.
4. Don’t forget storage.Don’t underestimate the importance of storage. There are countless options to help you maximize your kitchen space. Storage solutions such as pantries and super cabinets go a long way, so take advantage of them.
5. Remodel at the right time.
Most of us do not have the luxury of moving out while our kitchens are being remodeled, so it is important to think through how best to survive the inconvenience (and mess).
Choose a time of year when your schedule is the least hectic and the weather is in your favor.
6. Plan for garbage and recycling bins.
Plan for garbage and recycling bins. Do you want built-in bins cleverly disguised behind a cabinet door, or a sleek, stainless-steel garbage container that's positioned out of the way? There are many options that will fit the style of your kitchen.
7. Choose lighting design.
Lighting can make a world of difference. It can make a kitchen look larger, brighter, and will help you work safely and efficiently.
You should have two different types of lighting in your kitchen:
- Task Lighting: Since cabinets create such dark work areas, consider under-cabinet lighting. Plan for at least two fixtures per task area to eliminate shadows. Pendant lights are good for islands and other counters without low cabinets.
- Ambient lighting: Flush-mounted ceiling fixtures, wall sconces, and track lights create overall lighting in your kitchen.
8. Mix and match furnishings.
Don’t be afraid to take a high-low decorating approach when choosing furnishings. Choose some high-end kitchen furnishings you really like, and mix them with more budget-friendly options.
9.Find a contractor you trust.
Finding a reputable contractor for your remodel is imperative.
The experts at GNH Lumber have years of experience in kitchen and bath design. They are here to guide you through the entire renovation process from the first sketch to the last backsplash tile.
10. Make sure everything works.
Make sure all of your appliances are in working order, all hardware knobs in place, all cabinets and drawers opening and closing as expected, all outlets working, etc., before you sign off on any work being performed. This final step in your kitchen remodel will make sure you are satisfied with the quality of the job.
Follow the 10 steps above and you are in store for a stress-free kitchen remodel that will leave you with the kitchen of your dreams. Good luck!
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