Spending more time at home over the past year made homeowners notice things around their houses that they could improve or repair. Kitchen remodeling remains the most popular renovation project, with Google search trends for “kitchen remodeling“ increasing by 23% over the last 12 months.
Designing and renovating your kitchen can be an exciting yet intimidating experience for most homeowners. Here are six factors to keep in mind before you begin your kitchen remodeling.
1. Kitchen Remodeling Contractors Vs. DIY
The first step would be to consider whether to fix up your kitchen yourself. While completing the home improvement project alone may be fulfilling, it may come at a great financial and safety risk.
If there’s more to your kitchen remodeling than a simple appliance replacement, you need help. A design-build contractor will help you actualize your vision for the home. Additionally, the experts may have the necessary skills and equipment to complete the project in record time.
2. Examine Existing Layout
Examine the existing layout to determine the additions and replacements you may undertake. Your kitchen remodeling contractors will help you determine if all you need is a facelift or a whole new floor plan. Before you knock down your walls for new cabinetry or high-quality appliance, weigh in the cost of the extra space. An experienced kitchen remodeling contractor can reconfigure your walls, windows, or ceiling to make the room feel larger without the expense of a room addition.
3. Know Who Will Use the Space
The more people that will use the kitchen, the more functional and spacious it should be. A home with young children can benefit from having an open floor plan with an island or large peninsula separating two sides of the room. This way, everyone can have easy access to food without crowding each other even when cooking at different burners on the stovetop or preparing meals in the oven at once. On the other hand, some homeowners do not mind leaving the design of the kitchen open if they are usually alone in using it. However, if you do not use the space frequently, consider closing off one or two sides to give the room a more intimate feel.
4. Consider Your Appliances
One of the key reasons homeowners consider kitchen remodeling is to upgrade their existing appliances. You may need to factor in the rearrangements that may carry out to accommodate the new appliance. The design-build services will help you prepare the additional wiring, plumbing, and cabinetry.
5. Keep Track of The Budget
Kitchen remodeling can be expensive. Most homeowners spend between $12,800 and $21,200 for a basic upgrade. The final price may depend on the size of your space, the appliances bought the reconfiguration of major systems required, and the design-build company that you pick. You may need to find remodeling contractors that can work within your set budget. Study your favorite kitchen magazines and online publications for inspiration and budgetary hints.
6. Function Over Trends
You may need to avoid investing in fads that can negatively affect your kitchen’s functionality over time. While aesthetics are a critical factor to consider, neglecting the functionality of your space can affect its utilization. For example, 58% of homeowners that upgrade their kitchen islands use them for dining. Other activities include entertainment 49% and socializing 45%. You may need to ensure that your kitchen upgrade reflects these intended uses.
Kitchen renovations remain one of the top home improvement projects for most households. To discuss your design and upgrade touches for your new kitchen, reach out to Lenton Company.