After bathroom remodels, kitchen remodels are the next ones to hit our list. And, it makes sense because you do so much in this area. From cooking to entertaining, it is a room with some of the most foot traffic. And since you spend so much time there, you want to make sure it is up to your standards. To help you with your next renovation, we listed the dos and don’ts of remodeling your kitchen.
Do Create a Budget
Before you do any remodeling project around your house, you need to create a budget. HomeAdvisor and HGTV explain that the average cost to remodel a kitchen is about $13,000 to $35,000. It can be lower or higher depending on the size of your kitchen, what all needs done, the supplies you want and the contractor you hire. If you give us a call today, we can give you an estimate of how much it would cost us to do your kitchen. Plus, we also have many different offers to help lower the cost.
Don’t Forget Storage Options
The kitchen holds many different gadgets, appliances, utensils and more. With all of these items, you need to find someplace to put them all. That is where storage options come to play. Luckily, there are so many different ways you can store things in your kitchen — jars, canisters, baskets, shelves, cabinets, closets. etc. For even more ideas or help, we have two blogs for you to view: Pantry Organization Tips and Kitchen Organization Tips.
Do Consider Your Space
While you may have these awesome dreams and expectations, you need to be realistic with the space you have. One of the first things you or your contractor needs to do is measure your kitchen. You need to figure out the dimensions, so you know the size of items you can fit in it. This will lower your chances of mistakes as well as cut down on time.
Don’t Give Up on Counter Space
One of the biggest mistakes people make while redoing their kitchen is forgetting about counter space. You never want to give up on it. You need to have enough space to not only hold all your appliances and gadgets, but room to also cook, chop and any other tasks you need to do on your counter. If you are worried you do not have enough counter space, we recommend adding a rolling island. You can move it to wherever fits your kitchen the best; plus, you can move it around if you want a more open concept.
Do Think About Lighting
Lighting plays a huge role in your kitchen. It helps you see what you are doing and how well your food is cooking as well as sets the mood. You want your kitchen to have ample amounts of lighting — windows, lights over ovens and stoves, lights under or inside cabinets, lights illuminating workspaces and eating areas and any other dimly lighted spot.
Don’t Wait Until the End for Your Appliances
Do not wait until the end of your remodel to pick out your appliances. Instead, have a solid idea of what you want from the very beginning. Some flooring, cabinetry and countertops look better with a specific color of appliances like stainless steel. If you need help picking everything out, we recommend working with an interior designer or decorator. We can even refer you out to a few!
Do Stay Clear of Corners
There are many different things that open and close in the kitchen — cabinets, refrigerator, pantries, dishwasher, oven, etc. And the one thing you do not want to happen is having a wall or corner that blocks the item from opening up properly. To avoid this, our best advice is to stay clear of all corners. While measuring everything, make sure to consider door clearance as well as swing space to make sure that doors operate fully and do not bang against each other.
Don’t Do it Alone
The one thing that we want you to get out of doing a kitchen remodel is that you should never do it alone. If you do not have the supplies, equipment, knowledge or expertise, you will cause more damage and elongate renovation times. And, we all know the kitchen is one of the most important rooms of the house; therefore, you need it to be operational as soon as possible. The best way to stay on time and reduce your chances of major mistakes is to work with a knowledgeable team of remodelers.
Are you looking for this team in Belleville, O’Fallon or Edwardsville? Then, look no further than Valor Home Services. We can help you remodel your entire kitchen or even help you with small updates. No matter how big or small the project is, we are here to help. For more information or to book a consultation, give us a call today.