can help freshen up an older home, or help in the sale of a property or
inspire your kitchen workspace like a new or remodeled kitchen. Kitchen
design is becoming increasingly more important as space is rapidly
growing smaller. Designing or remodeling your kitchen can be an
incredibly exciting adventure but with it can come a lot of stress, and
complication! Although there will always be some element of stress felt
through a kitchen renovation it is
possible to eliminate much of it with a solid plan. If a kitchen
make-over is in your near future you should consider the following and
make the best of this otherwise stressful period.
Build a Foundation
During the design process the most important
question you can ask yourself is “Why do I want a new kitchen?” Is it
because you are looking for more storage space? Is your space not being
maximized? Does your cabinetry need to be replaced? Are your appliances
in need of change as well? Is your kitchen too dark? Is your space too
small or too big? Too Boring? Or simply, too much??!
By asking yourself these important questions you
will have a much better idea of what you need to get out of your kitchen
space. This information will become the foundation for your kitchen
Make a wish list
Once you have your “foundation” in place it is
important to ask yourself a few more questions. Now that I know what I
need, what is it I want? What you would like to have in your kitchen?
this a lot of thought because design today can incorporate special
storage and space savers into the cabinetry design today! Write a list
of everything you couldn’t live without. This list will also become a
very important guideline for you, your contractor, or designer to
follow. Here are a few questions to paint an example for you:
Do you want stainless steel appliances? Granite
counter tops? Tiled flooring? Is it heated? Gas or electric? What will
your color palette be? What kind of cabinetry will you use? What can I
not live without?
How much can you afford to spend on your kitchen
space? This is a big question that can affect the entire project.
Kitchen design projects are rarely inexpensive so you must get out and
do some pricing on items that are necessary for you to fulfill your
foundation and wish list. Beware that if you plan on replacing your
cabinetry it will account for more than half of your budget!!
When building your kitchen design budget you also
want to include the cost of all labor
(electricians, carpenters, gas technicians, plumbers, contractors etc.)
and then consider the possibility of hiring a designer.
You must stay within your budget when planning a
new kitchen. Account for as much as possible and add on another 20% or
more just incase. Unexpected costs arise all the time in kitchen
renovations and the best way to overcome it is to create a great budget.
Dreaming big is one thing, but placing importance on price and
affordability will ensure that you get what you are expecting and save
some money for unexpected emergencies.
is also very important to know when your project needs to be completed.
Kitchen projects are notorious for being drawn out. Set realistic goals.
The remodeling and new construction industry is booming and this can
have a direct affect on your project. Many crew are working on several
projects at a time so be sure to communicate your completion date with
your contractor and demand a realistic response. Labor is not cheap so
the shorter the time frame the higher the cost. It is also helpful to
plan for you and your family to prepare meals at an alternate location
or account for dining out into your budget. Remember that being
inconvenienced at home can also cost you more money at the end of the
Hiring a designer can really help you get onto the
right path sooner. These professional consultants can take care of every
aspect of the design process like choosing the appropriate layout for
you and your home. Coordinating color & lighting that is appropriate.
Making sure all your trades and contractors are working in unison and of
course ensuring that your dream kitchen becomes a reality. Designers
will sit with you and go through a detailed interview
process to get the best idea of what you are looking for. Their
objective is to design a plan and develop a kitchen that works best for
you. Your designer will combine your foundation and wish lists and weigh
the pros and cons to balance them against your needs, space limitations
and budget. Your designer will put together all the planning, logistical
needs and contractors for your project. They can be expensive but many
kitchen and bath showrooms will have in house designers working for
them. You can set up an appointment or walk in and speak with someone
almost immediately. This service helps the supplier get your business
and they will do everything for you, from measuring your space to
arranging packages for you that suit any budget.
Designers are usually well worth it, but do your
research and find a design consultant with a portfolio that really
connects with your own personal style.
You can also use your contractor to help you in
planning out your workspace or even use a kitchen design software to
personally plan out your kitchen space if you think you have what it
If you plan to do the design work yourself, make
sure you use a professional contractor. There are lots of contractors
out there who will undercut prices and offer you promises that are not
Ask to see some portfolio work or for references. Make sure that your
contractor is using accredited plumbers and electricians. Be wary of
anyone willing to start immediately or who asks for cash upfront? Do not
proceed with any payments unless you have an agreement with your
contractor and make sure they detail all work on labor and materials.
You do not want a poorly installed kitchen and any subsequent repairs
will far outweigh the cost of using a professional.
A kitchen renovation can be a very stressful time,
doesn’t have to be. Stress is no good for anyone, besides getting a new
kitchen should be an exciting journey not a nightmare! Enjoy your new
kitchen and let the cooking begin!!
|About The Author
Michael Kyle has
been an event coordinator and hospitality expert for 18 years.
His passion for event planning and home renovation helped lead
to the successful launch of
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