Kitchen remodels are one of the most common home renovations performed every year, and for good reason. The kitchen is the hub of a home, sustaining heavier usage than most other rooms. It’s not only where you prepare meals and eat, but it is often the room where people gather throughout the day. Improving the functionality and aesthetics of your kitchen will greatly improve your enjoyment of your home, but it can also be more than expected without managing your project properly.
There are a variety of reasons why a kitchen remodel is such an investment. You’re not only focused on aesthetics; you also need to consider the best way to make use of storage and counter space. Function is one of the most important aspects to consider when making decisions.
Fortunately, there are ways to approach a kitchen remodel that will help you achieve your goals without blowing up your budget. The following tips will help you maximize the value of your upcoming kitchen remodel.
The key to a successful kitchen remodel is proper planning. This is crucial to minimizing the amount of time you are inconvenienced by the remodel, and it helps ensure the project stays within budget. Effective planning will help you avoid changes during the construction process which can inflate costs and create unnecessary delays in the project.
The following tips will help improve your planning during a kitchen remodel.
Look hard at your existing kitchen and come up with a detailed explanation of what you love about it and what you’d like to change. This will help form the basis of your remodel plan.
Keep in mind that unless you plan on changing the dimensions of the kitchen, you need to work within the constructs of your existing space. For example, if a huge island is one of the items you want to add but the space won’t allow for it, then it’s important to consider alternate ways to achieve your goals. Otherwise, you may not be happy with the end result.
A well designed kitchen should be functional for everyone to work in. This requires you to be thoughtful about the heights of cabinets, shelves, drawers and counters. It should also drive the planning of appliances. For example, would a wall oven make better use of the space than an oven that is part of a range?
This will ensure you receive the most accurate bids from contractors, and you’ll reduce the risk of delays associated with back orders.
Cabinets, countertops, and appliances will comprise a large chunk of your overall budget. They will also dictate the layout and design of the kitchen. For these reasons, it’s critical to make these decisions upfront.
While you will understandably want a beautiful kitchen, this should take a back seat to function. The design and layout of the kitchen must first and foremost meet your needs. This includes:
When these functional considerations are addressed adequately, you will have a kitchen that meets your needs. This will dramatically increase your enjoyment of the space. From there, it will be easy to add finishing touches that will also make your kitchen look beautiful without going over budget.
Storage space is a critical issue to address in any kitchen remodel. Getting creative with designs that help to maximize your storage capacity will deliver greater value and improve the functionality of your kitchen. This is especially crucial if you’re remodeling a small kitchen.
Some good ways to maximize storage capacity include utilizing:
Maximizing the value offered in different materials and appliances is critical to achieving great results that will stay within your budget. Custom cabinetry can be a large part of your project and may be important in a redesign where one of your primary goals is to maximize space. This ensures that you will not have invested in purely aesthetics without achieving greater function for your space. Not all cabinetry is designed the same though, and at Sander and Sons, we take time to explain the construction of each of the cabinetry lines we carry. We aim to help you find cabinets that offer the best quality at the right price point for your budget.
For countertops, choosing products that combine low maintenance with long warranty periods is generally an effective approach. It may cost a little more than budget options, but it will provide long-term value that will improve the outcome of the remodel and resale of your home.
Designing a new kitchen according to the latest trends will ensure it looks new and fresh in the moment. However, trends change quickly, and your trendy kitchen will soon feel dated. This isn’t the best approach to achieve lasting value and enjoyment from a kitchen remodel.
A better approach is to choose timeless colors, materials and designs that will still look fresh and beautiful years down the road. If you are dead set on incorporating some of the latest trends into your kitchen remodel, consider incorporating these trends in areas that are easy and inexpensive to change, such as barstools, lighting, and other fixtures.
When redesigning your kitchen, you always want to create a beautiful and functional space that addresses your needs and reflects your unique style. At Sander & Sons, we can help you maximize the value on your kitchen remodel.
We carry some of the most trusted brands in the industry and offer a wide range of style choices, ensuring you’re able to find options that address your unique needs. Our extensive inventory of cabinetry, countertops and fixtures make it easy to help you design a kitchen remodel that will make the best use of the space. We also offer exclusive pricing that will help you achieve additional value. When you work with Sander & Sons, you’ll have a dedicated partner who has your best interests at heart.
Contact us for assistance with your next project or visit our showroom in Littleton, Colorado to browse options in person and have your questions answered by our kitchen design specialists.
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