Kitchen remodels are one of the most rewarding things to get done for your kitchen. Although it can easily give you headaches if not done right. There are several questions that go through a person’s mind such as whether to DIY or hire a contractor, how much to spend depending upon your need as well as matching the equity value of the money spent etc.
It can be an overwhelming experience to live without your kitchen while it’s being polished but it’s worth the time, money, and future social gatherings. Here are some steps to be careful about while you are planning a remodel:
1. Asses Needs Vs Desires
A great deal of kitchen remodel projects shocks the owner with the price because they didn’t spend enough time researching what they want and what they can afford. We would recommend starting by making a list of all the problems you face on a daily basis in your kitchen. Do you want a dining area? , is it a matter of too little space? No place for food to store, do you want one? Do you need the appliances upgraded?
After getting everything on the list, prioritize it in the order of things that can be compromised and things that are definitely needed. This will help you get things done in an orderly fashion as well as stay within budget while exploring alternatives or simply dropping some remodels for another day.
2. Kitchen Remodel Resale And Reality Check
Early on, knowing the two main parts of a kitchen remodel is the logistical side of the work and the expenses involved. This will help you get an idea of your budget but also the resale value of your kitchen. If you plan on hiring a contractor, keep in mind there will be strangers making noise and a huge mess in your house for a few weeks or months.
But if you decide to DIY it then you need to ask yourself if you have that kind of time and resources to start. Further, talking about investment in home renovations is a good one for the future resale of the home. However, a family dream kitchen is worthed if you plan on staying in your house longer but if you move frequently or are single at the moment, this is overkill.
3. Be Ready To Compromise
From the beginning, start the project with the mindset to let go. To let go of certain remodels you want, to let go of certain designs for now to save cost, etc. The easiest and hassle-free way to get your kitchen is to get a contractor. Getting a contractor can be expensive and they might not make the design the way you want.
If you have time, we recommend being your own contractor. This is essential to cost-saving, the biggest cost of kitchen remodel is the contractor. If you are willing to take this up, you will save a lot of money on the remodel including material, etc. We all can get dreamy-eyed for custom kitchen cabinets and marble flooring but remember there is always an alternative.
4.Choose your kitchen plan
While there is a wide range of possibilities when it comes to remodeling and designing your kitchen. There are five basic designs available. One wall design, L-shape design, Corridor design, Double L- design, and U-shaped design. These are the basic designs, you can start by choosing one of these and work on the actual drawings and blueprints later. To get your kitchen designed go to a home improvement store and the staff of designers there will do it for free. If you have the budget go for independent designers, they give you more freedom and the best products but they will charge you for their service as opposed to the home improvement ones.
In the end the most important thing is that you are happy with the result, that’s the only thing that matters. Your happiness is dependent upon the design, the money, and the resale value of whatever you have invested. We recommend carefully planning before diving into this amazing project. Remember to breathe and not panic, there is always an alternative. Let us know what have you been up to with your kitchen remodels below