When you first think about doing a kitchen remodel, there is a lot to consider.
How will you use the kitchen?
What kind of space are you working with?
Will you be able to change the space itself?
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How many people will be using the kitchen?
Finally, is the reason for your kitchen remodel one of personal enjoyment, or will money be your primary motivator?
How do you intend to use your kitchen space after your kitchen remodel?
Do you intend for this to be a “grab and go” type of kitchen, or do you intend to spend a lot of time cooking intricate meals there?
Will you be eating in the kitchen, or shifting to another space in the home to enjoy your meals?
Your kitchen remodel needs to begin and end with the way you use the space as the primary decision-making component. Otherwise, you may end up adding something unnecessary and not investing your time and money where it really belongs.
The Space Itself
How large is the space in which your kitchen remodel is going to take place?
If it is a smaller space, sometimes space-saving additions such as extra shelving and cabinets can steal the show. Even the right combination of colors can seem to open up the space itself and make it seem larger than it really is.
If you already have a fairly large kitchen space, you may only be rearranging elements and putting in a new color scheme. No matter how large your kitchen remodel may be physically, every kitchen remodel requires you to think through the space itself.
Another consideration that may come into play is how large the space itself can become. If you have walls that are not load-bearing, it may be possible to cut out either a portion of the wall or the whole thing. While this goes beyond the scope many people work within their kitchen remodel, it is important to consider if you can. If you have an adjacent room and the means to do so, significantly increasing your kitchen’s size can do amazing things for your home.
How Much to Change
Tearing down walls may be too much for your kitchen remodel, but it may also be just a portion of what you end up doing to the space.
Are you going to update your appliances with something new and different?
How much painting do you intend to do?
Will you be removing, adding or repurposing the existing countertops and cabinets?
Sometimes a very small change, such as painting the walls a new color or putting in a new sink and counter top, can make a surprising amount of difference. On the other hand, sometimes making very large changes is just what the doctor ordered. Before you pick up a paintbrush, a hammer or an appliance dolly, it is important to think carefully. Think through what your budget will allow you to change, and whether you want to keep some things from before your kitchen remodel.
Love or List?
Are you going to sell your home, rent it out or live in it yourself?
If you are not intending to sell or rent the home for more than a year, you should do your kitchen remodel according to your individual tastes.
If a profitable sale or a cash flowing rental is your goal, you would be wise to pay attention to current trends.
Will you have to live with your kitchen remodel, or are you going to expect your real estate agent to wow other people with it?
Work With Professionals
There are so many things to consider when doing a kitchen remodel that it often makes sense to work with professionals. Moving drains and gas lines should only be handled by a professional.
The team at Forrest Anderson Plumbing & Air Conditioning knows how to work within your budget to get the kitchen of your dreams. Contact us today to find out how we can help you with remodeling your home.