8 Things to Consider When Remodeling a Kitchen

Home Improvement, Interior Design, Kitchen Renovation

DIY is more popular than ever these days. Between HGTV and COVID that kept everyone at home for so long, more and more people are taking on home DIY projects and I am all for it. I love a good DIY project myself!

Kitchens are a some of the first spaces that people want to remodel. As they say, kitchens are the heart of the home and a gathering spot. Fabulous kitchens also bring a nice return to your investment so you want to make sure that it is done right the first time.

When remodeling a kitchen, you have a lot of options. You can just freshen it up with a new coat of paint and appliances, and maybe change out drawer pulls or you may want to do a full remodel. DIY remodels are a bit more tricky than they look on TV though. They get it done in "one hour" without breaking a sweat or getting dirty but the reality is far different. (I will admit that the demolition does look super fun and a great stress reliever though.) Anyway, before you start swinging hammers, take the time to put together a well thought out game plan. Planning for every possible contingency before you start will save you time, money and tears in the end. To help you get your plan started, I have listed out 8 things to consider before you start.

1. Vision

What is the vision you have for the kitchen? What is the interior design style you want to achieve? This is so important because it will impact every decision you make during the remodel.

2. Repurpose

What is currently working well in the space? Are there any items that you will be reusing?

3. Improvements

What needs to be improved in the kitchen? What items need to be purchased?

4. Back burner projects

Are there any aspects of the project that will be completed at a later date?

5. Splurges

What are your must haves for the space? What are you willing to splurge on?

6. Sourcing

Where will you source the items needed for the remodel?

7. Trades

Will you be using an Interior Designer to help with the details of the remodel? What contractors will you need to line up for the areas that you will need a skilled trade for? Obtain at least 3 different quotes and check their references. Cheaper is not always better.

8. Budget

And the biggest and most important aspect to consider.... What is your budget? Review all the information that you collected in the first 7 steps. Will everything that you want and need fit in your budget? Do you need to tweak your design and expectations? I highly suggest creating a spreadsheet to track your budget. Have a column for all items needed, one for estimated costs and one for the actual cost. This will help you keep a running tally of your cost and keep your budget on track. Trust me, keeping a running total in your head does not work because inevitably you forget a purchase here or there or you guesstimate the number. (Unless you are some kind of super math wiz with a photographic memory.)

Renovation can be super stressful but hopefully these tips will help to ease the stress. Have fun in the process and share your before and after photos. I would love to see them!

And if you need any help in the design process, give us a call to schedule a consultation.

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