Kitchen remodeling projects have the potential to lead to a high return on investment. In fact, besides remodeling a bathroom, a kitchen renovation is the best way to increase your overall property value.
But, where do you even begin? How do you know you’re completing all the required tasks and checking off all the right boxes? Well, that’s where we come in.
Read on to find a complete guide for the entire kitchen remodeling process.
Create a List of Your Must-Haves
The first step is to create a list of your must-haves. What do you want to see the most in your remodel? What are you willing to compromise on? What can be the first to go if unexpected issues pop up throughout the process?
No matter what your answers are here, creating a list is going to give you a clear picture of what it is that you want to see in your home. It’s also to help pave the way for things that may not be so important for the remodel in the long run.
What’s Your Budget?
Next up, you have to figure out your budget. Whether or not you have to strictly stick to this number is up to you, but it’s a good idea to have a framework before you start — especially if you’re working a small amount of money.
Divide That by Area of Focus
Once you’ve come up with a number, it’s time to allocate a specific amount of money to each part of your kitchen. Here’s a list of things to think about when you’re dividing numbers up:
- Cabinetry and hardware
- Appliances and ventilation
- Design fees
- Contractor fees
- Walls and ceilings
- Faucets and plumbing
- Doors and windows
- Miscellaneous items
Be mindful of the fact that these numbers (and what they’re being allocated toward) are going to differ from home to home. You might be remodeling your entire kitchen while someone else might only be touching up a few elements.
The most important thing is to make sure you’re not going over the budget you set for yourself. So, if you want to spend more in one area, then it’s best to look over and see where you can cut back on other aspects of your remodel.
Create a Working Design
Once you’ve settled on a number, it’s time to create a working design for your kitchen. Take everything into consideration here — nothing is too small. Everything from cabinet placement to what’s going inside of them matters.
You can find online software that allows you to do exactly this, or you can hire a kitchen designer for the entire process.
When you create a design you’re happy with, it’s time to talk to someone who can help you bring your idea to life.
Hire a Contractor
Sure, you might be handy enough to handle some of the leg work on this project. However, unless you’re a professional yourself, some things are just better left to them. You can also involve them in the process and just be honest.
They can tell you what parts of the process can be left to you and which parts would be better for them.
If you’re not fully convinced, just remember that while completing parts by yourself can save you money now, it’s going to cost a lot more down the road if done improperly. Play it safe, pay a few extra dollars, and let the professionals handle the process.
Choose Your Fixtures
The last, and most fun, part is picking out all the fixtures for your kitchen. Pull your list from the beginning back out and see where you’re wanting to splurge and where you’re wanting to save money.
Are you replacing the flooring? You’re going to want something that can stand up to water, crumbs, and other things that drop in your kitchen.
If you’re wanting to keep the price tag low on your floors, though, there are plenty of durable, budget-friendly options available on the market.
The next thing to consider is the cabinets. Are you replacing those as well, or are you OK with keeping your current ones and refacing them?
No matter what you decide upon, it’s important to not underestimate the significance they have in your kitchen. Choose the wrong color and your entire remodel could’ve been for nothing. Choose the wrong dimensions and you won’t have room to store anything you may need.
Countertops have the same potential to make or break your renovation, just like cabinet options do. While you definitely want to consider aesthetics here, it’s equally important to take durability into account.
Certain surfaces are most stain and heat resistant than others, and it’s essential to consider that when you’re picking a countertop.
Finally, it’s time to decide on your appliances. Perhaps you’ve recently replaced your refrigerator, so you’re only going to need a new dishwasher, oven, and other things.
Maybe you’re OK with keeping your current appliances. You may even want to take out the options someone pitched you for an under-counter microwave and replace it with a wine chiller.
Whatever you want here, remember to get creative. Make your kitchen the perfect place for you to cook, gather, drink, sing, and talk with family if that’s what you want. The options are endless here and now is your opportunity to take advantage of that.
Have Fun Throughout the Kitchen Remodeling Process
Overall, remodeling any part of your home can be stressful and time-consuming, but it’s also worthwhile in the end. The most important part of any kitchen remodeling project is to have fun when you can.
No matter what comes up, it’s important to reevaluate so you don’t forget why you wanted to remodel your space in the first place.
If you’re ready to get started on your kitchen remodel, contact us today and take the first step towards to new beginning.