You usually have two major goals when beginning to remodel your kitchen: make it easier to use and improve the style! Convenience and aesthetics are two very important factors to take into consideration, but from there, the possibilities seem endless. Magazines, blogs, and friends and family all have great ideas about what to add to your new kitchen, but your budget is not unlimited.
You’ll need to narrow down your wants and needs to a few important things when you begin your kitchen remodel. Here are our suggestions for what you may want to narrow down your focus to, so that you can get the most out of your kitchen remodel.
What’s one of the first things you see when you walk into anyone’s kitchen? The cabinets take up a huge portion of the kitchen, with a large surface area, and they are right at eye level. That’s why you should make updating the cabinetry a priority, whether you get prefabricated cabinets or cabinetry custom built by your contractor.
Looking for a lower budget remodel? If you don’t plan on completely revamping the cabinetry, try replacing just the hardware. You might be surprised by how much of a difference it makes to have handles that match the shiny new kitchen sink faucet. When a budget is limited, the details are what really matter!
Before you go too far into the process, you should pick appliances that are practical and efficient, and then make the design of your kitchen fit around these systems. Many people start by focusing on the overall design and add in appliances later, but this can be a mistake. You may realize later on, for example, that you would have preferred plumbing for the kitchen island in order to install a second sink, or that you would have preferred dual stacked wall ovens rather than a single oven at floor level.
The details make the room, and lighting is arguably one of the most important. Without the right lighting, the entire ambiance of your kitchen and dining areas may be off. The lighting can serve as an important center piece with a chandelier over the dining table or a hanging light above the island. Most importantly, you should consider task lighting for cooking and cleanup, as this makes your job in the kitchen a lot easier.
An Open-Concept Kitchen
If you’re not sure where to take your kitchen remodel, you should focus on updates that will get you a large return on investment. And one of the upgrades most likely to do this is an open-concept kitchen! A living room and kitchen combination is high on a new homeowner’s wishlist.
Your Own List
Still not sure what to make the point-of-focus for your own kitchen remodel? It’s time to start brainstorming. Make a list of the must-haves for your kitchen and focus on this first and foremost as you work on your remodel or as you talk to a contractor. This will help you to focus and refocus your budget and make it your own!
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