Thinking about remodeling your kitchen? The task of remodeling your kitchen is quite an undertaking and can come with a lot of small but essential decisions. If you want to avoid costly mistakes while creating your dream kitchen, Sawyer Restoration is here to help. We have created this guide with many homeowners in mind and want to help create a functional kitchen for any homeowner.
1- Accept That Living Without A Kitchen Will Be Uncomfortable
When your kitchen is under construction, it will be unable to be used in its normal way. You may have to step up a separate temporary kitchen in order to make breakfast, pour coffee, wash dishes, etc. while the kitchen is being worked on.
Doing normal tasks and eating dinner outside of your kitchen will be uncomfortable and annoying for a time. But fully committing to a remodel will give you a high quality kitchen in a short period of time than taking on one small portion of the space.
2- Make Design Choices Upfront
Choosing important design elements before remodeling your kitchen can save you heartache. When you are in the thick of the remodel and are feeling burnout, making design decisions can lead you to pick “whatever is easiest” which could be out of your budget, uncoordinated to the rest of the kitchen, or too large for the space. Leaving design choices up to your contractor can also cause you to pay a hefty price for elements you truly didn’t need.
Choosing your design upfront allows you to look at the big picture without clouded judgment. Making choices before you have ripped up flooring or done any work can help give you time to think and discuss clearly.
3- Think About Appliances Early On
When it comes to making choices when remodeling your kitchen, homeowners usually think about elements that are large, before anything else. While a fridge and oven may seem like small elements in the grand scheme of things, having those measurements and sizes can make or break your kitchen.
Installing cabinets without the proper measurements for your oven and range will limit your options of what you can pick from. Keeping these appliances in mind and picking them up early can help the process go smoother. You may not need to order these appliances right away, but take the time to go to a local appliance store and take measurements.
4- Take A Good Look At Your Existing Kitchen
When you decide a kitchen remodel is right for you, take time to study what works with your current kitchen and what you want to change. Not all kitchens need to be remodeled from scratch, so if there are areas or items that you love, don’t fix what isn’t broken.
Dig deep into what you want and why. If you want something like an island, that may not fit inside the space, consider what the island would offer you and apply that to another area. If you are wanting more counter prep space, ask yourself if that could be included in some other way than building an island.
5- Choose Function Over Aesthetics
Your kitchen needs to work for you. While creating a beautiful space is also important, if you can not prepare food, host guests, or navigate through your kitchen, it is pretty useless. You have the ability to make anything pretty or more presentable with the right tools, but once it is built, functionality can be hard to add back in.
Keeping function and maintenance in mind when remodeling your kitchen can save you time in future years. When choosing materials like countertops, backdrop finishes, and paint finishes. This is also a great time to think about storage and how much you will need. Look at unique storage options that can add to aesthetics but have a purpose, such as a hanging pot rack.
6- Try Out The Island Before You Buy
For a big piece like an island, trying it out before you buy can help you from paying for something that limits the function of your kitchen. Islands can be built just out of the wood or particle board you chose, and you can use your half-remodeled kitchen with the island to see how it fits into your everyday life. Remodeling your kitchen should be a fun process and can be run through test runs before you fully commit.
7- Take Advantage Of All Storage
Storage is the most important part of remodeling your kitchen. If you don’t increase your storage during a remodel you may regret the whole project in the first place. Storage for your pots, pans, appliances, food and other kitchen items is essential because that is the designated place to store them. Kitchens need to be able to hold everything you will need for food, cooking, hosting, and keeping emergency food storage.
8- Design Walkways
Being able to navigate through the space is important in a kitchen because you need to move to multiple points in the space. When you are building out a kitchen remodel keep in mind how you will make your way from the sink, range, fridge, and dining area. Moving through the kitchen should be easy for people who are not inside cooking. Family members should be able to move past you or access other parts of the kitchen without interrupting you or feeling cramped.
9- Pick A Focal Point
When remodeling your kitchen keep in mind to create a focal point. This not only makes the room flow better, but it also helps others gravitate towards the kitchen rather than other places in your home. The kitchen is often the heart of the home and should be seen by those who you invite into your space.
Making the focal point can be a bold paint color on your cabinets, a large window, a stunning backsplash, or a vintage dining set.
Sawyer Restoration And Remodel
Our team works with homes of all sizes and offers restoration services and remodeling. Homes should be your sanctuary and help make your life easier. Remodeling areas of your home and fixing them up can increase the value of your home and improve the functionality of your whole home. Contact us to schedule a service today.