Creating a kitchen remodel is a dream come true. For many, a kitchen is the number one room in the house and where many people spend much of their time when home. If you’re like many, you want a kitchen that you can take pride in but is also highly functional and practical.
Before you start your dream kitchen remodel, there are four extremely important things that you should consider before you, or your contractor (see below), starts ripping the old kitchen apart with the old sledgehammer.
#1 – Kitchen Island
In every episode of Fixer Upper, there is a reason Joanna Gaines incorporates an island into every kitchen design. They are practical, functional, and create a great environment to the kitchen experience. There are many practical considerations to think about when adding a kitchen island.
The first thing you need to take into consideration is the architectural design of your home and kitchen. Your newly designed kitchen needs to flow nicely as you walk thru the home. There is nothing more frustrating than having only a foot between the island and the refrigerator door. Or, not being able to sit comfortably at your kitchen table because the island is taking up all the space.
A well laid out kitchen design with a kitchen island ought to create a good flow and great experience in your home.
In addition, a kitchen island can add a lot of counter space. Whether it’s for décor or for preparing meals, counter space is vital to the functionality of kitchen.
A kitchen island also is a benefit when the family comes over for holidays or if the kids want to be close to the action and out of the way. It can also be a great place for the kids to do their homework and study while keeping your eye on them.
In addition, kitchen islands also create more storage room, extra seating, and some have the option for refrigerator drawers.
Finally, there is always the option of a moveable kitchen island. While moveable kitchen islands are rare, they have an added benefit of being moved if you need some extra floor space.
#2 – Appliances
The second thing you want to take into consideration are the appliances you are choosing. The look of the appliances and their functionality can make or break a kitchen remodel.
You may be tempted to skimp on lower end appliances to use that money for nicer cabinets. However, you may be making a big mistake if you do that.
Our recommendation is that you purchase higher-end appliances to match your style, preferences, and needs.
For example, if you have 4 kids and are constantly using the dishwasher it may be better to spend the extra money on the higher-end dishwasher, so it can handle the wear and tear. A well-manufactured dishwasher should last significantly longer than its cheaper counterpart.
Not everything requires you to spend more money. For example, do you need the smart microwave for another $1000? Perhaps not.
You get our point. There are instances to spend more money when it comes to a high-quality look to match your kitchen and practical function. You may not want to spend more money on features you don’t use.
#3 – Kitchen Cabinets
Kitchen cabinets can make or break your kitchen remodel. We urge you to spend the extra money on higher quality kitchen cabinets because it’s no fun when you go to pull a coffee cup out and your cabinet is starting to fall apart in two years.
In addition, there are many different styles of kitchen cabinets and incorporating the right look in addition to quality is extremely important. Some people prefer glass cabinets while others prefer a high-quality wood. Some like stain, while others like paint.
They say even if it’s just a rental still invest in nice cabinetry for your home, so they last while also giving the kitchen the quality look and functionality it deserves.
#4 – Choosing the Right Contractor
Lastly, one of the biggest things to take into consideration is picking out the right contractor for the job. Finding a contractor can be a serious task. There are so many to choose from.
Who can you trust and not trust?
We have some tips for you!
First, if you know any family, friends, co-workers, or neighbors who have gotten a home or kitchen remodel, start with asking them how their experience was with their contractor. Ask them if you can see their home to learn of the quality of their work and how strongly would they recommend them.
Second, if you don’t know a contractor, jump onto Yelp.com or do a Google search and look at reviews. You’ll want to be sure there are a plethora of them.
Once you identify 3-5 contractors with great reviews, contact them and schedule a time to discuss your job. If you like them, ask them to place a bid and then compare prices.
You will also want to ask them for any past clients that you can talk to and/or visit their home to see the quality of their work. You will want to know if they complete their jobs on schedule and what their general experience was with the contractor.
Be aware, two of the biggest issues people have with contractors is they go over budget and take too long to complete the job.
There you have it… the four important things to consider before doing a kitchen remodel.
- Kitchen island
- Kitchen cabinets
- Choosing the right contractors
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at 951-225-1032. We would be happy to help in any way we can.