The kitchen has long been thought of as the heart of a home. It’s the place where you gather with friends and family. It can also increase the resale value of any house so its aesthetics should be pleasing. Like all other things the what is important will vary from person to person.
With some investigation work, we have determined that there are a few general do and don’t that all the experts can agree on that will help you to avoid unnecessary financial and time losses.
1.) Do your research
Before committing to a contractor or an architect for the project, start prioritizing your wants and needs in the kitchen. What are you “must haves” versus your “I want”? Avoid the same old looks that you have currently. Ditch the triangle of the sink, stove, and refrigerator workspace as developed in the 50’s. Make a plan that suits your lifestyle and your needs.
2.) Do consider the purpose of the space.
Each of us uses our kitchens differently. In our family, we all like to cook together. The kitchen can be a hubbub of activity. So, workspace and moving space are huge necessities. We also require storage for all the little handy kitchen gadgets we have collected through the years. Others are cook occasionally and do more the finishing touches than the actual prep. Some have smaller families and do not require a massive space. Some are just plain minimalists, to begin with. In making the plan consider your style and you need but also consider the resale. It is a common mistake to plan a small kitchen for one. Chances are the next resident will want something more.
Another common mistake is in not relating to the importance of the kitchen during holidays, family gatherings, and parties. Is it the place where people generally gravitate too? If it is, you should consider this when choosing how much space you need. Take advantage of every square inch of your kitchen. If you aren’t building an addition, you can still gain space during a renovation by extending cabinets up to the ceiling or turning an awkward corner space into a food prep corner.
3.) Don’t rush through the planning and design phase.
Your instincts will be to move quickly to the construction phase, but take your time to visualize the layout, functionality, and design of your new kitchen. Every change during the remodeling process will cost you money, money, and aggravation. Assume that once you get started on the project you should not make changes, and do all the changing in the planning stage.
4.) Don’t forget the business details.
The house may not be yours forever, so avoid adding so many upgrades that you price it out of the neighborhood when it comes time to sell. However, also be quality conscious. Cheaply made cabinets or poor appliances will be harmful as well. Being reasonable and responsible with your decisions now will help you later.
Do not forget to budget for the extras that might occur along the way. It is generally accepted standard to budget at least 10% more than your actual costs for unexpected events or problems that might arise during the work itself.
If you are using a contractor, get all the details of the renovation in writing up front, before you sign any contracts. Don’t make the final payment until all renovations are complete.
File all receipts associated with your renovation in a safe place to submit when filing your taxes, or to reference if you sell your home.
5.) Don’t hold onto the past
It’s a new space. Sort through the past and only hold onto the items you will genuinely use in your new kitchen space. Consider replacing old and overly used utensils with new ones. You will diminish the value of the project and its new look by holding onto unsightly older items.