The kitchen is one of the most popular room in a house to remodel. It is a HUGE job, both in the scope of the project and the budget. Before you sign a contract with a contractor and the demo begins, you need to consider a few things to prepare. Things like, setting a budget, communicating your vision, and planning for your kitchen being out of commission for a time period.
We pride ourselves in educating our clients on all of our remodeling projects and the expectations involved. Here is our guide for remodeling your kitchen.
First and foremost, be realistic about the cost of the remodel. Large kitchen renovation projects will often take more time and money that originally planned. We think a good practice is to set a conservative budget below your maximum budget to leave room for incidentals that are not planned. We like to leave 10 to 20 percent for unplanned expenses. Of course we do our absolute best to provide the best value when choosing materials and allocating our man hours to keep you on budget and on time. We just don’t want to have budget issues and end up with settling for less that your original desires.
We encourage our client to visit kitchen showrooms, use social media outlets like Pinterest or Houzz to find out what you want, research the cost of items, and decide upon your design plans. Touring homes for sale is also another great way to research kitchen layouts for your remodelling project.
We remind our clients to factor in to their budget taxes, or shipping and delivery charges for items that have to be ordered. Due to the weight of the items used in a kitchen remodel, these charges can add up very quickly. Also, consider if there are any steps along the way that you would like to perform yourself. Even taking on just a few tasks can save you a significant amount of money.
Just like buying clothing, we encourage our clients to buy the best quality your budget allows. When it comes to kitchen renovations, you want to have high-quality, functional items, both for your own use and for potential resale value. High quality cabinets, appliances, fixtures and countertops will last much longer to reduce the need to repeat the renovation process again while you are living in the home.
When appropriate, you might consider using materials that are gently used. Repurposing wood, painting older cabinets and restoring old fixtures are a great way to reduce your budget. This all depends on your style, but these ideas can greatly reduce your expenses. You can also find great deals for high-end items while shopping online or through auction sites.
Try not to buy unnecessary items. With all of the cool gadgets and technical appliances, they can add up quickly. Reliable basics that you know you will put to use are a great measurement tool when comparing appliances and kitchen gadgets. Remember new appliance with more bells and whistles are usually followed by higher utility bills not to mention the cost to repair if they break down.
Your kitchen needs to be practical and functional. You need to think a lot about how you use your current kitchen and identify how you would like your new kitchen remoel to flow. Look at your likes and dislikes and what work and what doesn’t in your current kitchen. Work with your project manager to layout the new remodel that will work best for you and your family.
Whenever you can, put in place the classic work triangle. The sink, refrigerator, and stove should be arranged in a triangular pattern since they are used the most. This is generally considered to be the most convenient setup because it saves unnecessary steps.
Put some thought in to how many people work in your kitchen at the same time. If you have more than one chef in your house, consider multiple workstations to accomodate. Short on space? Think about an island or wheeled cart to add additional workspace.
We can help you make sure your kitchen remodel is laid out properly and safely. We work with you about how to plan convenience. Here are a few items about mapping your kitchen remodelling space:
Coutnertops: Provide at least 36 inches of counter space for food preparation, 24 inches on one side of the sink and 18 inches on the other. If your kitchen allows for more, definitely make the room.
Appliances: Make sure that there is adequate space that all doors open properly and still walk in front of them. 30-48 inces is the standard, but it will vary depending on appliance. Take note of the door swings on refrigerator, dishwasher, ovens and microwaves to allow enough room.
Walkways: Provide enough room for traffic flow. The standard is 42 inches between the counters and the island to allow peopl eto easily walk through without disrupting someone at the workstation.
While your kitchen is being remodeled, your kitchen will be out of commission for a period of time. Be sure to plan on being able to provide meals during the construction. Eating out costs can add up QUICKLY!
Make sure your contractor and their design team have been in your home to evaulate your ideas and review the space available vs. the space needed. This will be a great time to confirm your space is planned to ensure efficiency, convenience, and ease of movement for you and your family. Stick to your budget and don’t get excited about items that you won’t use or don’t need.