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    What to Consider Before Your Kitchen Remodel

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    Kitchen renovation can be intimidating, but a proper plan can make this task easier for you. From making the remodeling plan to purchasing the raw material, there are a lot of steps involved in a kitchen improvement project.

    If you are planning to remodel your kitchen, consider the following things before you proceed with your kitchen renovation.

    Current Layout
    If you want to save money on your kitchen renovation, don’t change the kitchen’s existing layout. Sticking to the current layout doesn’t mean that you can’t change the color scheme, or you can’t change the location of cabinets. It means that the major systems like plumbing, gas and electric supplies should be left intact.

    This way, you will save a lot of money. Moving or extending utilities will increase your expenses like installing additional sinks or adding additional wiring.

    If you have the required skills and experience, you can do some of the work yourself and save some money. But, if you are not experienced enough, it’s better to invest some money and hire the services from experienced home remodeling contractors.

    First, you should make a budget for your kitchen remodel. From renting tools to a contractor’s service charges, include every expense in your budget. Also, add another 20% for additional hidden charges.

    A kitchen is incomplete without some important appliances including an oven, stove, cooktop, dishwasher, refrigerator and others.

    Buy energy-efficient appliances that fit your lifestyle and budget. For example, if you have a small family, you will not need that chef-grade six-burner stovetop.

    Also, select a reliable brand. Choose the retailers who offer the best warranties on kitchen appliances.

    Contractors and Permits
    Finding the right contractor is very important for your kitchen improvement project. Hire a contractor who can get the job done at the best rates. Get references from the people you know. Word-of-mouth can be a great help in selecting one of the best local home improvement contractors.

    Also, obtain all the necessary permits from your town or village before starting your kitchen remodeling project.

    Lighting can make or break a kitchen. So, make sure to have a great lighting plan that can give your kitchen a spectacular look. During a kitchen remodel, most people do not pay proper attention to upgrade lighting.

    You can replace your old kitchen windows with the new, bigger ones that will let in more natural light. Use under-cabinet and recessed lights, to enhance the beauty of your kitchen. In the daytime, you can control the amount of light with the dimmer switches.

    Cabinetry and Countertop
    Cabinetry is one of the biggest investments in a kitchen. So you must pay attention in selecting the cabinets for your kitchen. It’s better to spend a little more and go with high-quality, wood cabinets with quality hinges and drawer slides.

    Choose a countertop in contrast with your cabinets to make each stand out. You can purchase stone slabs including Granite, Quartz and even Marble but shop around until you find the right price. Keep in mind that there are also affordable options like high end Laminate and Concrete that can achieve the same look at a fraction of the price.
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    As you start planning your remodel, consider these factors:

    Size (Square Footage). “Every inch of space is important, especially in a small kitchen,” Pierce emphasizes. The size of your kitchen will dictate the layout: Is there room for an island? Does space allow for a prep sink? Where can you squeeze in extra storage?

    Will you knock out a wall or extend the kitchen by adding on to your home? How much space can you conceivably add to your kitchen layout? These are questions to consider with a kitchen designer or architect, who can help you devise a solid plan.

    Existing Layout. Don’t feel married to your kitchen’s existing footprint. “Windows and doors are seldom in the place you want them,” Pierce says. “They might be on the wrong wall, or in the wrong place entirely.” If you must maintain the windows/doors of your kitchen, you may be locked in to your layout—but there are always ways to modify. For instance, you can add a peninsula to an L-shaped kitchen and create a horseshoe layout that offers more counter space and efficiency. Learn about different kitchen layouts.

    As you consider kitchen layout, take time to think about what you like about your current kitchen:

    How do you move in the space?
    Does the workflow accommodate your cooking routine?
    Can you easily move from the range to the sink?
    How effective is your kitchen when more than one person is cooking?
    These are just some of the questions you should be asking yourself as you begin to plan your kitchen remodel. To see a complete list of questions you’ll need to consider, download the Day in the Life of Your Kitchen Questionnaire.

    Infrastructure. Depending on the age of your kitchen, you might confront electrical or plumbing concerns as you remodel. Work with an architect-engineer team to ensure that the “guts” of your kitchen can accommodate the technology (appliances, lighting, etc.) you will install.

    “In an older house, you may find yourself with sagging floors that need to be addressed or crooked walls that need to be straightened out,” Pierce says, pointing to a couple of budget busters that many homeowners do not plan for. “Keep an open mind at the start of the process,” she continues. “Understand your needs, but recognize the variables that a designer or builder might need to deal with during the process.”

    Lifestyle. How will you use the kitchen? What type of cook are you? How do you entertain? Answer the questions in the Day in the Life of Your Kitchen Questionnaire as you prioritize features for your new kitchen. Peterson likes to keep the conversation general when first identifying kitchen likes/dislikes, “identifying problems rather than solutions, and wishes rather than details,” she says. “This is because the design will evolve as all variables are considered, and locking on to a specific feature at the start may solve one problem but preclude a better design that solves five other problems.”

    For example, choosing professional appliances that take up 80 percent of the space may not allow enough room for cabinetry storage or area to expand a window to let more light into the kitchen.

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