You may be daydreaming of all of the delicious and wonderful ways you can entertain and relax in your remodeled kitchen. The right remodeling job can help you create an amazing kitchen that will give you joy for years to come.
Whether you’re looking to add new cabinets, need new appliances, want to change the floors or completely renovate your space, this guide can lay out some points to consider when doing a remodel. Our professional team has years of experience in remodeling, and we will be happy to offer ideas and assistance in your project.
If you are feeling overwhelmed consider consulting a quality Kitchen Remodeling Guide to help figure out the finer details of your kitchen remodel. While DIYing your remodle is great it never hurts to bring a professional in if you need help.
Time and Budget
Knowing how much time and money you have to commit to your remodel will provide a foundation in a successful project for you and the team you’re working with. Be sure to have realistic expectations with the budget you provide, as well as reasonable timelines so that your contractor or handyman can deliver quality work.
Whether you want something done in a weekend or have a month or longer for the remodel, be sure to tell that to the team you’re working with so everyone will be satisfied with the end result.
Along with finding professionals who will help you undertake your remodeling project, another vital part of your planning process is designing the floor plan. House plans allow you to visualize what your space will look like upon project completion. Since the kitchen is the most complex and expensive part of your home to renovate or remodel, having a kitchen floor plan is paramount to organizing the plumbing, electrical work, working zones, walkways, and seating.
Moreover, your kitchen is one of the busiest spaces in your home. Make sure to create a reasonable flow of traffic in your kitchen by keeping your main fixtures at a comfortable distance from one another. An excellent kitchen layout should allow you to prepare, serve, and clean up after meals seamlessly.
Your floor plan is far more important than you can imagine. Although you have planned out your time and budget effectively before the start of the project, having no floor plan or an ineffective one can waste these resources.
Cabinetry and Hardware
About a third of the kitchen remodel budget focuses on updating and installing cabinetry and hardware. Planning the remodel around the design of your home is important.
Take into consideration the space you have and leave enough room in the walkways. You can also choose cabinetry and hardware that matches the look and feel of your home.
Some cabinets can be refreshed with a coat of paint. Other times, you might want to install totally new cupboards. New hardware, like sinks, ovens, or refrigerators are investments that will increase your home’s value enormously.
Look into energy-saving or even smart home-enabled options to bring your kitchen to the modern era.
There are plenty of lights that can improve visibility in your kitchen and bring life into your home. See what your kitchen looks like and how you can bring more light into the space. Strip lights are one type of lighting fixture that is popular in kitchens. These are flexible, and a good alternative to some standard lighting types in a space with low light.
Recessed lights will also help to illuminate a room and to distribute light evenly. These are great if the kitchen is small. Even some of the most skilled chefs will use recessed lighting in the kitchen, and they light up countertops, stoves and dining areas.
Ceiling fan lighting is another potential source of light for the kitchen. It will also provide airflow and ventilation in a space that can sometimes be too hot, especially while you are cooking. Adding a fan with lighting is a simple way to make a kitchen brighter and more comfortable to cook in.
Pendant lights are hanging lights that have a modern appeal. These can be used to highlight a particular area of the kitchen, such as an island or eating area.
Putting new floors in a kitchen can completely refresh the way it looks and feels. There are a few options that would be best for a high traffic area such as the kitchen.
Tile floors are durable and are easy to keep clean. They also can have a cooling effect and will bring style and design into a kitchen.
Laminate wood floors can be water-resistant and great for homes that have children or pets. They’re also more affordable than other types of floors.
Wood flooring can also be used in the kitchen, and this type of floor has a rustic, timeless appeal.
For an inexpensive option, consider vinyl. It’s another kitchen flooring contender that is resilient, waterproof, and stain-proof. Vinyl flooring comes in a wide array of colors, styles, and finishes, which could even mimic other material finishes like stone and ceramic tiles.
Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a greener flooring material to complete your green home, choose linoleum. It can stand up well to foot traffic and is moisture-resistant. Since it’s made from renewable, biodegradable cork powder and linseed oil, it doesn’t release any harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) compared to other flooring types.
Redoing countertops or adding an island are popular options when it comes to renovating a kitchen. There are many types of countertops available, such as granite, wood, quartz, or tile. A new countertop can add space and beauty to a kitchen.
Using two countertop heights can be a great choice for homes with children. When the little ones are helping bake cookies, a countertop their size will make it more fun and easy for the whole family.
An island provides a place for people to gather and entertain and adds more storage in a kitchen. Depending on the size of your kitchen, you may want to add an island. More counter space is ideal for homes where the occupants cook a lot.
This guide to kitchen remodeling points out some of the biggest places where homeowners focus their kitchen remodeling budget. Take a look at your friend’s kitchens or even in magazines to get an idea of what you can achieve in your home.
There are many brilliant ideas when it comes to remodeling a kitchen, and your imagination is the limit. Be sure to work around your budget, space, and time, and everyone will be happy with your new kitchen.
Edward Flanagan is the founder of Edward’s Enterprises, a handyman service & licensed general contractor that has been improving homes and providing facilities maintenance in Southern California since 1996. Their remodeling services full bathroom and kitchen remodels and repairs. Edward currently divides his time between Camarillo and Venice Beach, CA, and loves the 405.