The kitchen is the heart of every home. It’s where families gather to bake together, talk about their days over dinner, and chat over a cup of coffee on cold days. It’s reasonable to assume that the kitchen is the most used room of any home. In my family, cooking was a way to bond: dad would hone his carving knife before slicing the turkey while mom would teach my sister to bake the perfect pumpkin pie.
With the amount of time spent in the kitchen, and the work and effort that goes into making meals, you probably want your kitchen to be designed to work for you. Perhaps you need a cupboard for appliances like a Kitchenaid Mixer or a Chef’s Choice Knife Sharpener. Whether it’s an old kitchen in need of repairs or just outdated in its design, there comes a time when every homeowner desires a kitchen renovation.
Once you’ve made the decision to makeover your kitchen, you might be feeling overwhelmed with the amount of choices you need to make. From changing the layout of the kitchen to selecting new appliances, from choosing paint and counter colors to cabinet handles; you have many decisions to make.
Whether you plan on calling in the professionals or doing it yourself, with a good solid plan in place before you begin, your kitchen remodel will go smoothly.
Stay Organized to Keep Costs In Check
To keep yourself on task and organized, plan out your kitchen remodel before you begin. Create an outline of what you would like to accomplish along with a list of tasks. By keeping to your blueprint design and to do list, you won’t forget minor details or miss any big steps which can cause you more work and money in the long run.
Once you have a plan, you can estimate the costs of your kitchen makeover and save up the budget accordingly. Leave a little cushion room for the “just in case” events that may happen.
Before you commit to any large purchase, browse all of your options. Most of this can be accomplished when you’re creating the budget for your renovations. It is important to compare quality, brands, and cost of each item you will be purchasing before you commit.
Most home improvement stores offer samples of many items for you take home while you consider your options, so you can compare different tiles for the floors, materials for the countertops, and paint swatches.
Will the Investment Really Add Value?
Remodeling your kitchen will not only create a beautiful room for you and your family to enjoy, it can add value to your home. Remodeling an old kitchen and updating it with modern day appliances is a great investment for any home; adding value to the overall house.
It is important to keep in mind that not all renovations will add value to your home. If the day comes that you need to sell your home, people are going to want modern conveniences and styles. If you remodeled with your own personal hobbies and interests in mind; others may not like the design.
For instance, if you remodel your kitchen to resemble a 50’s diner, this is going to require a specific type of person to enjoy when it comes time to sell the home. Adversely, a sleek, modern look will attract more potential buyers.