The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house, bar none. It is the hub of the family interaction as everyone is always in and out, and it is the central pulse of any social gathering.
Kitchens, for all their importance, should look and feel like it.
This is why kitchen remodels are a hot commodity. Before people consider remodeling their bedrooms, the basement, and often the bathroom, they think about the kitchen first because of how valuable it is.
If you are planning on a kitchen remodel job, keep these four tips in mind before you start your work.
Choose a Timeless Design That Works
What you want to know first is what design style you are going for. Trendy designs may be all the rage now, but who knows what the hot design could be in the next few years.
This is why you need to think of the timeless styles that could be in store for your kitchen.
Not only that, but they need to work for your kitchen, so farmhouse sinks could be on your mind, but make sure it fits with your overall theme.
Keeping everything flowing well is important so that your kitchen does not jump out as unordinary compared to the other rooms of the house.
Great kitchens always help tie the design of the entire house together, not the other way around.
Create a Flexible Budget
Your budget is also part of the initial processes of planning a kitchen remodel.
The typical kitchen remodels cost anywhere from $10 000 to $50 000, with some being higher and some lower depending on the amount of work needed.
With this in mind, you can see how you need to calculate every possible expenditure to keep within your estimated budget.
Everywhere from the square footage of the floor for tiling/flooring material to backsplash costs, electrical and plumbing work, and appliances.
The best piece of advice for coming up with a budget on a huge project like this is having a flexible range to work with.
If you know you are likely overestimating the cost (which is good), you can figure out where that extra money can go or if you will keep it.
On the opposite end, if you are planning for the remodel to run over budget, incorporate these projections, so you are not blindsided by a bigger bill.
Do What You Can On Your Own
On the topic of money, you are now aware or were already aware of the big financial commitment that this kind of home project will be.
This is a good way to learn how to be more resourceful and do some of the work yourself.
While you might not be a contractor, you likely know a thing or two about home maintenance, so it is very valuable to put your handy skills to work.
Using your elbow-grease, try to get as much of the work done yourself to save on costs.
These jobs could be torn down as it is a rather simple task for most homeowners, as well as avoiding delivery costs on appliances if you know you can haul them back home yourself.
Even tiling the floor or backsplash could be something in your wheelhouse that helps cut corners on the cost so you can spend it on areas that are most pressing and need the most work.
Then Hire a Contractor
Those areas that are most pressing and need the most work are where you are going to call in for help.
The areas that you should not be doing the work unless you are a professional are electrical and plumbing.
Electrical work can be dangerous if you have no idea what you are doing, sometimes it can be easy to do, but often it is better to leave it to the pros.
General contractors can help you keep your costs down by handling multiple jobs, but you try to find one that has plenty of references.
Other areas that can be handled by the contractor or specialists are appliance installation to a lesser extent because of the use of gas lines, but this is often done by the store’s team or the brand’s installation experts.
When it comes to exciting upgrades to the home, there is not much that can beat a kitchen remodel.
This room of the house means so much for so many reasons, which is why you want it to feel and look the very best. Before you pick up a hammer or drill, consider those four tips to ensure a successful project.