Kitchen renovations can be unnerving with all the planning and plotting. In fact, sometimes the process can be tedious enough to make you simply want to quit.
On the other hand, another aspect of kitchen remodeling is the sheer abundance of resources readily available. Be it magazines, friends, family, or the internet — there are tips and tricks out there which can make the renovation feel like a cakewalk. However, more often than not, that confuses the homeowners even more.
I have seen this problem many times with our clients to know that it isn’t an unusual one. It has also got me on my toes, trying to help our clients as much as possible. When you are confused about ANY aspect of your kitchen remodel, remember my advice as a simple mantra to soothe your nerves. Here’s the ultimate lesson homeowners can learn: All you need to do is know what you want, and how much you’re willing to spend — Everything else will fall into place.
Now, to help you get there, I have also listed down some essentials. We have compiled a kitchen remodel guide and answered some of the questions we have gotten from hundreds of homeowners over the years. If you’re looking for something specific, feel free to branch out from any point you want. But after this, you should pretty much have an idea about everything you need to know to remodel your kitchen.
Setting the Right Priorities for Your Kitchen Upgrade
Why are you upgrading your kitchen? The answer to that question will determine the path you’re going to take.
Maybe it’s because of an expanding family, or just on a whim. Whatever it is, it’s important to be sure of what you are doing and why you are doing it. Because any doubt in your mind can snowball, and push you off budget really quickly.
Once you have an idea about your core issue, you need to plan your remodel in order to solve that first. Everything else can follow later. For instance, if your kitchen is cluttered and you struggle with countertop space – you might need to add extra storage or extend the length of your worktop. Similarly, all your problems need to be identified and dealt with.
Setting the Right Budget for Your Kitchen Remodel
Any home improvement project, especially a kitchen remodel, demands a well-defined budget. It is really easy to go off the rails and start spending money that you don’t have on things you don’t need.
To get an estimate, always consult a professional. They can help you distinguish between the things you actually need, and things you only think you need.
In case you are on a tight budget, you can also decide to refurbish elements of your kitchen such as the sink, cabinets, etc. rather than buying new ones. Going the DIY route for easy jobs is another great way of saving some money.
DIY or Remodeling Company – Making the Right Call
This one is a little tricky, as both the options have their own solid pros and cons. The solution? Incorporate both!
The key is finding the right balance. Things like installing the backsplash, painting the walls or cabinet doors; small tasks like tightening screws, changing faucets, etc. — all fall under the ambit of DIY projects. And getting them done yourself can save you significant money.
On the other hand, tasks such as changing the layout, electric rewiring, plumbing, etc. should be left to professionals. But this doesn’t mean you have to pull yourself away from the job when the professionals are involved. Be present, share your feedback and ideas respectfully, and have discussions so that you can get exactly what you want!
Making Your Kitchen Stand Out But Not Too Much
What we mean is that there should be a synergy between your kitchen and the rest of your house. Under no circumstances should you kitchen blatantly overpower the rest of your house.
To achieve the perfect symbiosis, you will have to put in the work and even consult professionals. You don’t want your house to have a particular vibe and then your kitchen to be completely opposite. That will only make your kitchen stick out like a sore thumb.
Do You Need More Storage?
This is very subjective. But if you are anything like a regular American family, the answer in most cases is usually yes.
As a rule of thumb, your storage needs will always increase over time. So, you need to plan for the future rather than the present.
Apart from increasing kitchen storage (which in most cases is exclusively cabinets) — another major aspect you have to consider is design. Cabinet design changes every few years, and the cabinets alone can make your kitchen look contemporary or severely outdated. So, be sure to evaluate your storage needs carefully for both aesthetic and practical reasons.
Do You Need to Upgrade the Kitchen Appliances?
Appliances are as much a style statement as any other element of the kitchen. They’re also equally important functionally. Maybe even more so.
If your kitchen still has bulky appliances that take up too much power, you need an upgrade!
The modern appliances are chic, energy efficient, elegant, and blend into the rest of the kitchen seamlessly. Not only do they look good, they also save you a lot of money over time.
Does Your Kitchen Need More Lighting?
Lights — the ultimate mood setters!
Ambient lighting has been the game changer, both in terms of looks and efficiency. Whether you go for LED strips along the cabinets/countertops or a big chandelier right above the island — the choices are aplenty.
With the kitchen space turning more and more intimate, you need lighting options that can help you relax after a long day’s work. We would recommend setting aside a portion of your budget for lighting, as it can make or break your final ‘product’.