What should you consider when remodeling your kitchen?
Are you making these common kitchen renovation mistakes? Before you start ripping out your cabinets and shopping for new appliances, answer these 10 key questions that can save you time, money and heartache.
What are the benefits of remodeling your kitchen?
1: Are you living in your home or renting it?
Unless a homeowner is about to put their house on the market in the next 12-24 months, any rehab project in the kitchen should be with their personal lifestyle in mind. If you are listing, be advised that most potential buyers are more concerned with the condition of the roof than the types of counters you have.
2: Are you respecting the home’s architectural integrity?
There is almost nothing worse than walking into a mid-century modern home that has had its kitchen gutted, especially if it was a flip. If you’re flipping, look at comps in the area,” said Benjamin. “You’d be surprised how much people will pay for an avocado-colored kitchen with all the original appliances. Make sure your new kitchen flows with the rest of your home. This is important for resale as well.
3: Are you skimping on cabinetry?
Putting in cheap cabinetry is not the way to go. Cabinetry should be one of the biggest investments in a kitchen even it’s a rental property.
4: Do you really need top-of-the-line appliances?
While investing in quality appliances is always advisable, assess all your needs before going cuckoo with that 24-month same as cash credit offer. Do you really need a chef-grade six-burner stovetop? Probably not but having a large family does merit the need for the Cadillac of dishwashers.
Consider how often you use them and how much wear and tear they will get. Choose appliances offering you the most features that you’ll actually need to suit your lifestyle, remembering to be honest with yourself.
5: Do you trust your contractor?
Do your research before hiring a contractor. It is okay to ask us for references and some examples from our previous projects and the experiences of our staff. If you do not trust us, we will gladly help you find someone you do!
6: Is your kitchen functional?
Everything should have its own place. Take inventory of what you have and how you can store it.
Think about all of your pots, pans, plates, spices, cutting boards, gadgets, serving platters, baking equipment, trays, wine bottles, and even think about where to store your appliances and garbage can. Use simple dividers to get organized and consider using deep pullout drawers instead of lower base cabinets for everyday pots and pans.
7: Are you maximizing headroom?
It is always best to take your cabinetry all the way to ceiling. Having a dead space creates clutter, dust and out dates the kitchen. Filling in spaces, even with false cabinetry, will make the room look bigger even if your ceilings are low.
8: Do you need help?
If you want your home to hold its value, function in the real world and look good at the same time, investing in a pro can be the way to go. Calling in designers and real estate agents may seem like a costly undertaking, but we think earmarking a percentage of your redesign budget is worth it, especially when it comes to lighting.
Lighting is everything, and make sure you have enough in your budget at the end. A designer or lighting specialist can help you figure out the correct size, quantity and spacing for pendants to go over an island, for example.