The Best Way to Plan a Kitchen Remodel

Home Improvement

Remodeling your Kitchen

There comes a time in every homeowner’s kitchen when things simply need to be upgraded. Whether it’s the appliances, the countertops or the kitchen altogether, some things got to go. But as with any major home remodel, the task comes with its fair share of work. Before you prepare to invest in months of construction for your new kitchen, there are some important questions that you’ll need to answer. Making some crucial decisions ahead of time can save you both time and money in the remodeling process. To help guide you through the planning stage, here are some questions to ask before you begin.  

Questions to Ask Before a Kitchen Remodel

1. How do you use your kitchen?

Functionality is key to your kitchen remodel. How often you cook, what you cook and how you use your kitchen on a daily basis will dictate the design of the space. Think ample counter space, double ovens and room for a large refrigerator for a heavily used kitchen space. And custom cabinet designs and finishes for a more design oriented kitchen. Always consider the need for storage and appliances too. You’ll want to make sure you have enough room for your new stainless steel appliances and kitchen gadgets.  

2. What is your budget?

Knowing how much you want to spend will help you determine the size of the renovation. Start by prioritizing what needs to be replaced by writing down what isn’t working in the current kitchen. Then decide what you absolutely must fix and what you’d want to replace if there’s any money left in the budget. Having a lists of needs and wants before you start will help you make cuts along the way to keep you from going over the budget.

3. What can you salvage from the existing kitchen?

The cost of a full kitchen remodel can range from anywhere between $25,000 and $65,000. So, before you decide to take out everything from your current kitchen, try to decide what you can save. This will help you save money in the long run. For instance, if you don’t need new cabinets, don’t take them out. Simply, repaint and refurnish with new hardware to match your new kitchen aesthetic.  

4. When is the best time to remodel?

A kitchen remodel is a serious commitment, so be prepared for it to take up a good amount of your time. You’ll want to schedule your remodel during the most convenient time for your family. Thus, avoid a remodel during times of big gatherings or common entertaining. Roughly plan for your remodel to last anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks depending on the size of the job and schedule it during a timeframe when you’re the least busy. Some homeowners opt to move out of their home temporarily during remodels, others will take off work to oversee the remodel. That part is totally up to you, but be prepared to store and prep your meals elsewhere for the time being.

5. Do you want your kitchen remodel to be personal, trendy or timeless?

If you’re remodeling to raise your home’s resale value, you’ll want to go with a timeless design. However, if you’re looking to improve overall décor, you’re probably leaning more towards trendy. Finally, if you simply want to improve functionality for yourself then your design will be much more personal. This is why knowing the purpose of your kitchen remodel is crucial, because it will guide you through this part of the project.

6. Does your new kitchen design include ‘the triangle’?

The secret to a functional kitchen lies in the triangle layout. This infamous layout positions the stove, sink and counter workspace in the shape of a triangle. Making it easy to transition from station to station as you make your way through the cooking process. Having a spacious kitchen is great, but make sure to incorporate this design for optimal efficiency when cooking.

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