5 Things to Consider Before Remodeling or Building a Kitchen
With the holidays right around the corner what better gift to give you and your family than a kitchen remodel? Americans are increasingly spending more and more time in their kitchens. We cook, eat, entertain, lounge, and even watch TV in our kitchens.
Technology has allowed us to utilize this area of our homes like never before. It is the place where we as families and friends congregate for meals and celebrations. The kitchen has become the focal point of American homes.
A kitchen remodel or design can be one of the biggest and best investments you make in your home. That being said, it can also be one of the most frightening projects to undertake. There are many things to consider during the process.
Do not panic; the experts at Atlantic Millwork & Cabinetry have over 50 years of combined experience to help guide you through the process every step of the way. Keep reading to learn what our experts consider the 5 key things to reflect on before remodeling or building a new kitchen.
1. How well does your kitchen function now?
The first thing you should consider when planning a remodel is the function of your kitchen. How well does your kitchen’s layout work currently? Do you need more space, do you want to move cabinets, the stove, refrigerator, or an island, etc. If so, this will take careful consideration and calculations, especially if you don’t have the ability to expand the existing space.
2. How do you use your kitchen?
When you are thinking about the function of your kitchen, consider how you are using your kitchen too. Are you an avid chief? Do you use your kitchen to prepare meals daily for your family? Is your kitchen used for entertainment and gatherings? Avid cooks may want high-end appliances, where a kitchen that’s used daily will need durable appliances, and those who use their kitchen to entertain may want a large island and open space for guests to enjoy. This will need to be taken into consideration when planning your kitchen.
3. How much storage do you need?
Next, consider how much storage you need in your kitchen. Your new kitchen should be able to store all of your dishware, cookware, silverware, and glassware. For example, you may want a specific drawer for seasonings. Keep in mind, larger dishes will need bigger and wider spaces to be stored. If you have a large family, you may need to consider adding a pantry.
4. What style kitchen works for you?
This question should be reflected on with the future in mind. Are you planning to live in your home for years to come? Or do you see yourself selling in the near future? If you’re planning a remodel for the purpose of selling, you will want to consider neutral paint colors, granite counter tops, and a modern backsplash design. You will get more back for your investment if you design a kitchen that the majority of buyers will find appealing. On the other hand, if you have found your dream home and plan to spend the next ten or more years there, you can choose a design that is more personalized to your style.
5. What is your budget?
After examining your current kitchen and thinking about storage, functionality, and style, it’s time to start making a budget. Make a wish list of important design features or products you want. Get a ballpark price by searching online for the things on your wish list. Use this to create a realistic budget prior to beginning the planning process; it will help you not over-spend. Consider adding a few thousand dollars to your final budget in case you run into unexpected expenses.
Whenever you consider updating or renovating your home, ask an expert. They will help you develop an appropriate budget for your project and ensure that you choose the best materials for your home or office. Ask our sales representatives today by calling 302-644-1406 or request a free quote online.