Tips for Your Kitchen Remodel
What’s one of the most used spaces in any house? The kitchen, of course! Aside from bathrooms, kitchens get lots of traffic and love. Not only are they used as spaces to prepare and cook meals, but they’re often conversational spaces. Even if you’re an average person who ends up eating 42% meals by yourself, you may want to spruce up your kitchen. In that case, you should start planning for your kitchen remodel right away.
Of course, your kitchen remodel is unique to your home, design needs, budget, and a host of other things. That’s just par for the course, and you wouldn’t have it any other way. Below are some hints to make sure that your kitchen remodel turns out just the way you want, not to mention surprise-free.
Choose a Theme for Your Kitchen Remodel
One of the first steps you should take when embarking upon your kitchen remodel is to pick out a basic theme for the room. Don’t worry about making it match the rest of your home, either. A lot of people decide to design their kitchens in truly eclectic, one-of-a-kind ways. Therefore, even if the rest of your home is countrified, your kitchen remodel could end up creating an area that feels modern and urban.
Remember that you can take some shortcuts during your kitchen remodel to get the theme details you want without overspending. For instance, let’s say you want to have an exposed brick wall in your kitchen. The problem? Your house doesn’t have any bricks in it. Hiring a bricklayer can be costly. However, brick wallpaper or brick tiles could be your answer.
Be creative and feel free to browse through tons of online and offline images of beautiful kitchen facelift projects. You’ll no doubt fall in love with one that will become the perfect focus for your own kitchen remodel.
Think About the Appliances You Want
Unless you’re planning to keep the appliances you already have, you’re probably going to get new ones as part of your kitchen remodel. These could include a refrigerator with freezer, dishwasher, stove, oven, microwave, and maybe even a warming drawer.
If you’re not loyal to one particular brand, you’ll be able to snag better deals. Nevertheless, make sure that all your appliances look similar. You don’t want to buy a bisque refrigerator and pair it with an optical white stove.
Is your budget not too much of a barrier? You can find some appliances in radically vibrant colors like bright red, neon orange, and turquoise blue. They’re much pricier than run-of-the-mill models. Still, if they’ll help you bring your dream theme to life, they might be worth a bit of a splurge.
Hire Professionals Unless You’re Really, Really Handy
You’re a die-hard DIY-er, and that’s awesome. Nevertheless, think about hiring professionals for at least some aspects of your kitchen remodel. Even if the representative at your local home improvement big box store swears that you can do everything on your own, you may find it tougher than you imagine. Plus, you might not have the time or the tools to get your kitchen remodel done in a timely fashion.
Which experts should you consider interviewing and ultimately bringing on board to bring your kitchen remodel to life? The first is someone who’s top-notch at residential plumbing services. Plumbing technicians can help you figure out if your dream layout would be a nightmare to pull off. It’s not unusual for homeowners to be surprised at how expensive it can be to move existing plumbing fixtures and pipes around. Of course, if you do decide to move all the water areas from one side of the kitchen to the other, a plumber will be able to lay everything out expertly.
Another service professional you’d be wise to call would be your HVAC technician. HVAC representatives can give you the lowdown on anything you’re not really thinking about. For instance, your kitchen remodel might require moving ductwork or changing the airflow in and around the kitchen space. These are things you need to think about before removing walls, pulling up floors, and getting rid of cabinetry and shelving.
Again, you don’t necessarily have to turn your kitchen remodel over to contractors or experts. Many homeowners like to do some of the work themselves, or even work alongside the pros they bring in. At the end of the day, no one will care that you didn’t hook up every wire or lay every inch of pipe. They’ll just be impressed with and awed by the results.
Give the Professionals You Hire Some Room to Work
Once you’ve chosen the right team of professionals for your kitchen remodel, give them the space they need. Nothing’s worse for a technician than having a customer hover around when they’re trying to work on a complicated aspect of an HVAC system or are running between the circuit breaker box in the basement and your kitchen upstairs.
Though you certainly have every right and maybe a responsibility to occasionally check in on the work being done, you don’t want to become a pest. Do your check-ins, ask relevant questions, and leave the area. That way, your professionals can do what they do best. Besides, you don’t want to pay more per hour than you need to.
Make sure everyone else in your family realizes that your pro team partners aren’t there to be stared at or talked with from morning until night. In fact, if you have a large family, why not take them out to the nearest escape room for an adventure, followed by a pizza restaurant dinner? Your expert will be grateful for the peace and quiet.
As a final note regarding this hint, be sure to keep pets away from your kitchen remodel when it’s in full swing. You may have to set up barriers to the kitchen, such as baby gates. Do whatever’s needed to keep every person and every creature safe.
Look Into Buying New Cabinetry
Depending upon the scope and scale of your kitchen remodel, you may wind up just painting your current cabinets or refacing them. That’s perfectly reasonable, especially if you’re just doing a smaller facelift and don’t want to redo too much. On the other hand, you might want to completely change the aesthetics of your kitchen space. Normally, that would involve purchasing and installing cabinetry.
The good news is that there’s a wealth of cabinet choices to choose from on the market. You may even be able to find some used cabinets or models that have been discontinued and deeply discounted. To figure out which cabinetry is right for your needs, consider the color or wood type. What will be best suited for the kitchen you envision? A contemporary glass-and-metal shelving cabinet that exposes your gorgeous china? Or dark, austere cabinets that have been manufactured from rich woods?
After determining your preferred cabinet appearance, move on to plotting out where your cabinets will be in your kitchen. Take lots and lots of measurements. Be picky about those measurements, too. The last thing you need is to specially order cabinets only to find that they stick out too far into a doorway, or that they aren’t the same height.
Remember that your kitchen island, if you have one, will need to either look like or blend in with your cabinets. Some homeowners choose a kitchen island that has the same types of cabinets as the rest of the kitchen. This isn’t a necessity, though. For instance, your kitchen island might be made from a reclaimed wood farmhouse table, whereas your cabinets are brand new from a hardware store down the street. As long as the look is harmonious, go with it!
If Desired, Plan Out a Few DIY Projects for Your Kitchen Remodel
Are you absolutely itching to engage in a few DIY elements of your kitchen remodel? Knowing which ones you can reasonably accept is important. For example, are you very handy with creating wooden objects? You might want to build your own floor-to-ceiling pantry complete with a custom-crafted wine rack.
Or, if you’re more of a “finishing touches” type of person, you could buy fabric and sew marvelous window treatments that you’d never be able to find in any digital or brick-and-mortar retail store.
Just be honest with yourself when trying to figure out what deserves a professional versus a DIY touch. Even if you’re trying to save money by doing a job on your own, you may end up spending more in the long run. Plus, if you’re not fully competent, you could wind up hiring an expert to come in and fix mistakes.
Be Wise When Choosing the Flooring for Your Kitchen
Your kitchen remodel wouldn’t be complete without a discussion surrounding flooring. There are countless types of floors you can have in a kitchen. Luxury vinyl tile is a popular one, as is subway tile. Go to a flooring store and investigate everything from laminates to planks. Just watch out when it comes to anything with textiles. Carpeting was once commonplace in kitchens, but it stains too easily and tends to absorb odors. Ideally, you’ll want to choose a floor that is easy to keep spotless.
Are you considering a patterned floor for your kitchen remodel? Speak with an interior design specialist about the size of the patterns you choose. If you pick a pattern that’s too large and you have a cozy kitchen, it won’t look right. Of course, that doesn’t mean a tiny geometric pattern will necessarily look any better.
Many flooring stores will allow you to bring flooring samples home to lay out in your space. Take the store up on the offer. When you’re figuring out which floor type you want, be sure to test the samples at different times of the day. Many floors will look much different when bathed in natural light than they will under harsher artificial lighting. Write down your favorites so you don’t forget when you get back to the store to make your order.
Consider All the Safety Features You Need
As part of the planning for your kitchen remodel, always keep safety elements in mind. Some safety aspects, such as smoke and fire protection, are no-brainers. You’ll want a working fire extinguisher in a nearby closet or some other handy place. You’ll also need to install properly working smoke detectors in the ceiling.
Additionally, consider all the stuff around your kitchen sink plumbing, such as the garbage disposal. Your garbage disposal needs to be plugged into an outlet. However, you want to make sure that the cord and outlet aren’t exposed to potential water damage. Talk to both a plumber and electrician if you’re not sure how to install your garbage disposal so that it doesn’t put you or your family members at risk.
Interested in another safety feature that’s a must-have as part of your kitchen remodel? Be sure that you’re anchoring items securely to the wall or ceiling. This could be anything from a heavy corner cabinet to an over-the-stove microwave oven. The last thing you want is for anything to fall, as that could be disastrous.
Consider Small Items and Storage
It’s just about time to wrap up your kitchen remodel. Before you do, consider small storage spaces that add a personal element to your home. For instance, do you need a tiny drawer by the kitchen sink that’s ideal for storing jewelry like watches or a diamond ring when you’re prepping foods or cleaning the countertop? Would you love to have hidden phone charger plug-ins installed in the walls so that you can conveniently charge up without the need for a special block?
Get as creative as you want with these small innovations. They’ll help you fall head over heels for your kitchen remodel. Plus, they might make it easier to sell your home when the time comes to put it on the market. Many homebuyers scrutinize the kitchens in houses they want to buy. They’re more than thrilled when they see a kitchen where the homeowners had thought of everything.
There’s no time like the present to get started on your kitchen remodel. Within a few weeks, you could finally have a kitchen you love. Make this critical room in your home your own.