Is it time to remodel your kitchen? If it is, then you have plenty of decisions to make. What do you want to achieve through your remodeling process? Do you want to expand the kitchen? Change the flooring? Replace the cabinets? Set some ground rules before you get started to keep everything under control as you go along. Here are some factors to keep in mind when it’s time to start your kitchen remodeling project.
The Size of Your Budget
As with any home improvement endeavor, the size of your budget will have a large influence on what you can accomplish. Take the time to do some research: speak to a neighborhood realtor to see how much added value the project will yield; flip through magazines and websites for inspiration and advice; and try to get a loan if you need one. Financing options can come in handy for when you want to reface cabinets or update appliances. Maybe all you need to do is refinish the cabinets, which can save you some money.
What the Current Design Is Like
Our next piece of advice is to evaluate the current state of your kitchen. In other words, what does it look like right now? By following the existing layout, you can avoid overcomplicating the process and also make sure you don’t exceed your budget. Leaving the plumbing, gas, and electrical systems alone can save time and money. However, you can add open cabinetry. You can also add more water lines for sinks, dishwashers, and ice makers. Also, depending on the age of your home, you might also want to update the electrical grid to meet current codes.
Consider Possible Additions
What’s missing from your current kitchen design? Let that be your guiding question as you proceed through the kitchen remodeling process, step by step. By doing this, you can determine what additions you’d like to integrate into your kitchen. Expanding your kitchen might be your end goal, in which case you’ll probably want to steal space from other adjoining rooms. The open floor plan can link your kitchen with the dining room and living room, but why not take that up a notch? Try merging the laundry room, pantry, bathroom, and mudroom!
Think About the Appliances
Appliances are the heart of any kitchen. Don’t forget about them when you draw up plans for reinventing your kitchen. The range and hood can make a difference, as can the placement of the dishwasher. Where do you want the microwave to be? Should it be mounted above the cooktop or should it be a standalone appliance? The answer to that question has always been a tricky one depending on the size and shape of your kitchen.
Let There Be More Light
Finally, consider how much light you want in your kitchen. Replace older windows and doors with newer models that use energy-efficient glass and let in more natural light. Recessed lighting, LED under cabinet lights, pendant lights, and even chandeliers can all imbue your kitchen with a spark of life that wasn’t there before.
Home Improvement by Capital Remodeling
Capital Remodeling is ready to transform and beautify your home in Maryland, Virginia, and Atlanta this summer with quality home improvement services that will exceed your expectations. With our reasonable prices and flawless customer service, you will love the results. If you’re ready for a professional, all-inclusive, free quote, visit us online or give us a call at 1-800-300-6780. If you’d like to see our previous projects, follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Houzz, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.