Whether you’re doing a major kitchen renovation or a moderate upgrade, planning a kitchen remodel can create an extremely stressful and challenging environment for everyone in the household. So before you hire the contractor or pick up a hammer, consider these valuable insider tips to help you make the best choices when tackling your kitchen re-design and avoid costly mistakes.
Do Your Research. – Do your due diligence and educate yourself on what’s out there in the design world and marketplace. There are an endless array of cabinetry, countertops, backsplash, appliances and flooring materials on the market – so get to know what works best for you. – Grab some kitchen design magazines, and focus on the styles of kitchens and interiors you’re drawn to. It doesn’t matter if it’s a window style, a cabinet detail, or a paint color you’re in love with. Just tear out the pages and make notes indicating what you specifically love about it. Is it the 6-burner stainless steel stove, those gorgeous French doors, or the overall kitchen layout? – Create an inspiration file and use this as your starting point. Once you know what you like, you will be more decisive in the planning stage and that will save you time and money.
Resist The Latest Fads. – Fads in products and interior design don’t have the longevity of an established style – or even a new trend – which could have a long-term influence. – For example: the glossy photo of the turquoise French Oven that you fell madly in love should stay on the pages of the magazine. Ask yourself: Will you still love that range in 10 years? A color like that will instantly date your kitchen – so opt for more timeless neutral colors and finishes. – Keep all the big-ticket items such as cabinetry, appliances and countertops more elegant and timeless – but dress up the backsplash for punch. If it’s that green “appletini” color you’re craving, paint out a wall or two and install some accent pendant lamps over the island to give your kitchen the color infusion you need.
Efficiency Is Key. – Design your kitchen for the way you really live and don’t sacrifice function for design. Of course your new kitchen should look spectacular but not at the expense of overall efficiency. Make it a working kitchen. Your kitchen layout should be top of your list of priorities and should be designed with precision planning and great attention to detail, making every inch count.
Don’t Do It Yourself. – The reality is that DIY projects typically take 3 to 4 times longer than a highly trained contractor to do the job, and eventually 20% of ambitious home remodelers will need to call for some professional back up – not just to complete the work, but repair the damage that the homeowners themselves have caused. If your kitchen renovation is more than staining, re-facing or painting your existing cabinets (and you’re not that handy) then hire a professional to do the job.
Remember: Careful planning and a little research before you jump into a major remodeling job will yield better, more satisfactory results, and a kitchen that you—and the next owner of your home—will find both beautiful and efficient.