Spring is the perfect time to change things around in your home, including remodeling. While we like to be comfortable in our houses, change is good!
When considering remodeling, most people think of their kitchen because that’s where many spend most of their time. In fact, the kitchen is one of the primary areas that help home buyers decide if they want the home or not.
Remodeling your kitchen can add value to your home and optimize your daily routines. Here’s what to consider before remodeling your kitchen.
Who To Hire?
While we like to think we can do the entire remodel ourselves, it’s best to hire a professional to ensure you get the job completed correctly. A kitchen renovation is a tremendous job; even if you do it yourself, you’ll need a little help here and there.
You might consider hiring a contractor to lay out flooring, help you choose colors, install new cabinets, and more. Be sure to check around with your family and friends to interview the best person for the job!
A kitchen remodel comes with a hefty price tag, so you must plan how much you can spend on the project. Now that the kids have moved away, you’ll find you have more money than you know what to do with!
Try speaking with a financial advisor who can present a few options for how to financially tackle this project. Determining your budget before you start will give you a clear idea of what you can and can’t buy. So be sure to complete this step before even choosing your paint colors!
Kitchen renovations can be fun because you essentially get to start over. Have you always wanted white cabinets? Now’s your chance to get them and make the changes you’ve wanted.
Keep in mind that each feature you customize may be expensive, which is why your budget will come in handy during planning and execution.
Flooring and Paint
Do you want hardwood? Tile? Cork? There are specific types of flooring better suited for kitchen environments, so you’ll need to consider them thoroughly. When choosing the flooring, you should also be sure to consider:
- Easy to maintain
Messes are easy to create in kitchens, especially when making a recipe for the first time! So you’ll want to get materials that’ll be easy to clean.
For example, you might use specific cleaning solutions like steam mops or traditional mops to clean your floor. However, you might need to use other supplies in certain areas because some materials can’t handle particular cleaning tools.
How can you design your kitchen to be the most efficient in terms of mobility and access? Analyze the best ways you can move around your kitchen without obstacles.
Is it possible to tear down a wall? Do you want to perhaps move around the sink, stove, and fridge? While these tasks are challenging, they’re doable. Determine a layout that will work for you.
What Will You Eat?
A renovation can take a few weeks to a couple of months. During this time, your kitchen will be mostly inaccessible, so you’ll need to think about what you’ll do for food while you have a construction site in your house!
Now that you know what to consider before remodeling your kitchen, you’re ready to start planning and building the kitchen of your dreams!