Your kitchen sees a lot of traffic. It’s often considered the heart of the house. It’s where you prepare your meals, gather as a family to play games, or do homework. It’s where midnight snacks happen.
However, there inevitably comes a time when you realize your kitchen could be better. Space could be used more efficiently. The layout could be adjusted to accommodate the flow.
Or you might be tired of how it looks and want something fresh. Plus, a remodeled kitchen can add significant monetary value to your home.
If you’ve decided it’s time for a kitchen remodel, here are some tips to keep in mind.
All renovations need a plan.
More than just a simple guide, a plan can help you avoid making mistakes leading to lost time and money. It also allows you to manage your expectations and monitors your progress as the remodeling occurs.
Along with creating your plan, decide on your budget before beginning. How much you can spend will help you determine the scope of modifications you can make. Without a budget, you might lose track of your expenses and then realize too late that you’ve spent too much on unnecessary things.
During your planning stage, look at your kitchen’s current layout and use of space. Are you planning to extend your kitchen, or are there space limitations? How would a remodel affect other parts of your house?
Take some rough measurements and see what you have to work with. Then, of course, your contractor can help you with the final design, but it’s good to have an early idea of your available space.
How long should this project take? Some renovations can take surprisingly little time with the right team. However, other, more ambitious projects can stretch out to months. Having a clear time frame lets you track your progress and helps break down which tasks need to be accomplished, which can be done all at once, saving you time and money.
This is a great time to get rid of stuff you haven’t used in years. Chances are good you’ve amassed pots, pans, and crockery that have been sitting untouched for years. Now is the time to go through your kitchen belongings and decide what stays and what can go.
Before getting your remodel underway, have an area in your house that can function as a basic kitchen so you can still cook your meals at home. Even if all you can find space for is a microwave and hotplate, at least you can get some cooking done at home. The meals might be simple for a little while, but eating at home is cheaper than going out to restaurants or having takeout delivered every night.
While it’s possible to do some remodeling work yourself, more ambitious renovations would do better with qualified contractors with years of experience in kitchen remodels and all the right tools and materials.
A good contractor can save you time and money by helping you with the design, selection of best building materials, knowledge of how long your project will take, and, of course, handling all the clean-up.
If you are in the Charlotte, NC, area and planning a kitchen remodeling project, give 7 Day Kitchen a call for a free consultation! 980-777-1777