5 Things To Consider For Your Kitchen Renovation Project
Tired of your kitchen? Thinking about remodeling your kitchen so that it’s not only functional but also reflects your current taste? Remodeling a kitchen can be a lot of fun, but before you dive head first, there are many things to consider and think about carefully when starting a renovation project. You don’t want to find yourself in deep trouble or stuck in the middle of a kitchen remodel project that you can’t get out of due to poor planning, budgeting, and costly mistakes. Here are 5 things to consider for your kitchen renovation project.
It’s important to have a budget in mind when you start your kitchen renovation project. Decide how much you want to spend, but also be realistic about your budget and factor in 10-25 % for unforeseen issues because there will always be something unexpected that comes up that you won’t anticipate or account for. For example, once you open up a wall, plumbing and electrical may need to be updated so that it’s up to code. You also may want to move plumbing, add more electrical outlets as well as additional light sources to reflect modern day needs. An upscale kitchen remodel can start as high as $80,000, so sit down with your family and assess your real day to day needs and how you typically use the kitchen to come up with a budget that works for you.
It’s important to layout your kitchen in a way that is functional for you. Think about your current kitchen. What works and what doesn’t work? Is there too much space between the sink and the stove? Do you have to walk far to access the refrigerator? Think about how you plan to use the kitchen and consider the flow of the space. Make sure all appliances and sink(s) are placed in a way that makes sense to you and maximizes workflow. A lot of designers like to place microwaves either in the lower cabinetry or kitchen island below the countertop, which may not be functional for you if you need to constantly bend over to use the microwave. Also, try not to place appliances such an oven and dishwasher in a way that would allow them to interfere with each other if both were opened at the same time. Code requires a minimum of 36″ of space between cabinet counter to island counter or from counter to wall. 48″ is recommended and a comfortable space to maneuver around in.
Electrical and Plumbing
Electrical and plumbing issues can quickly skyrocket your renovation budget. Carefully plan your kitchen around your electrical and plumbing, being mindful that some of them may have to be moved or you need to replace the plumbing so that it’s up to code. You may decide to add recessed lights, pendants over your peninsula, or add additional outlets. Or, you may decide you want 2 sinks (one large sink for washing dishes and another smaller sink at an island for washing hands) and 2 dishwashers which is pretty common today. It’s best to understand how you intend to use your kitchen and have this planned out before you start, so you can minimize unexpected surprises.
Materials can add significantly to your budget, especially if you want upscale materials such as calacutta marble countertops, cabinet style, upper glass cabinet doors, high end appliances, or handcrafted ceramic tile for backsplashes, and more. Think again about how you plan to use the kitchen, what is most important to you, and what materials you can compromise with. Do you cook a lot and prefer a durable countertop that doesn’t scratch and etch? Then a marble countertop is not for you even though it would give your kitchen an elegant look. Perhaps you would rather have custom cabinetry with upper glass cabinets and a pantry for storage, and aren’t as concerned with high end faucets, hardware, or sinks. The aesthetics of the kitchen is just as important as the layout, but can increase your budget so think about what materials you are willing to spend more money on compared to others.
Some of the biggest horror stories you will hear about a remodeling project is that budget has increased significantly because the general contractor made many mistakes and provided low quality work. Make sure to get references, interview the general contractors thoroughly, and ask to see examples of the their work. If you can, try to go a job site that the contractor recently completed to see their previous work so you can really inspect and see the workmanship firsthand. Most importantly, you want to make sure you are a good fit with the contractor, that the contractor is honest, has integrity, respects his/her employees, and has your best interest in mind throughout the entire project from beginning to end.
As you can see, it takes a lot of thought, careful planning, budgeting, and consideration for a home renovation, especially a kitchen remodeling project! By being aware of these 5 things, you can help ensure that your kitchen remodel goes as smoothly as possible. Keep in mind that there will always be surprises and something you haven’t accounted for, but you can minimize unexpected problems as much as possible. Renovating your kitchen so that it fits your needs not only increases your way of living, improves your lifestyle, but also elevates the resale value of your house. You’ll be sure to enjoy your new kitchen for years to come!