Starting a kitchen remodel is exciting, but also an investment of time and money. Since you are going to be spending your time and your money on this project, it is very important that you take your time in planning your project. Planning ahead will help you to avoid unnecessary expenses. It will also help you really nail down your intentions, so to speak. Here are outlined three very important things you should consider while you are planning your kitchen remodel.
Before Your Remodel Your Kitchen – Know Your Budget
Unless you are one of the few lucky people who can simply jump into a project without any thought to expense, you are going to need to figure out your budget. The average family will need to consider the expenses of a project such as a kitchen renovation.
If you plan to do all of the work yourself, then your budget will need to consist of the cost of materials. In addition to that, however, you will also want to budget your time. You should take into consideration that a project like this if you are doing the work yourself, is going to take an investment of time. This investment of time will take away from some of your other obligations for a while. Plan this out, so that you do not run into unnecessary stress later on.
If you will be hiring others to do the work for you, then you will need to carefully consider this cost. The best way to do this is to get estimates from at least three different contractors. You will be surprised to find out how much cost can vary from one contractor to the next. You will also want to consider the time the project will take and how this will affect the everyday operations of your home for a while.
Design and Remodel Your Kitchen
Your next step is to settle on your design ideas within your budget. This is where a little self-control comes into play. It is important at this step of your planning process to be realistic concerning your budget if you are working on a budget.
Keep in mind, though, just because you are working on a budget, doesn’t mean your kitchen renovation can’t be amazing. The trick to a great home improvement is researching the best deals and the brands that will give you the most for your money.
Here are a few different design aspects you might want to consider:
The Lighting- The lighting in any room really sets the tone for the entire design. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend, the lighting is one place where you can really say a lot. If you want to make a big design statement in your new kitchen, say it with your lighting.
The Flooring- Flooring is often more about functionality, practicality, and durability rather than style. The flooring is not really where your design ideas are going to be noticed, so when shopping for flooring think about what is most practical, affordable, and durable for long-term investment quality.
The Hardware– You can make a big statement with hardware in your kitchen, but beware, if you are on a budget, the hardware is one place where you can get easily tripped up. Hardware such as faucets, cabinet handles, and hinges can get pricey. Be sure to do your research to find companies that provide durable, stylish products for reasonable prices to make sure this aspect of your home improvement is on budget.
The Cabinets– Cabinets are an important part of the kitchen. You need your storage. Cabinets are also one of the main ways you will show your style and personality in your kitchen. Expect to spend a good bit of your budget on cabinets, but remember that you don’t need to wreck your budget just to create a beautiful kitchen.
Your Ultimate Investment
Another important thing to keep in mind while doing a kitchen remodel is the overall, ultimate investment you are making into your home. In most cases, when people are renovating an aspect of their house, they are keeping in mind how this renovation will improve the overall value of the home.
It is important to keep this in mind because in the future if you sell the home, you want to be able to get back a little of what you invested. In order to get the most return on your investments, it is important that your renovations add value rather than take away value. Many people think that doing any home improvement will add value to a home. The truth is, though, so types of home improvements or design choices will take away value if the design choices are very unusual or if they are not very practical. Make sure that your choices make sense not only for you right now, but also in consideration of the future value of your home.
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