The appliances are getting rusty, the counter tops are collecting grime, the floor is getting dented, and the cabinets are losing their touch. You want to renovate, but you don’t know where to start. Lucky for you, we have compiled a list of things to do or consider before rushing to a showroom or bringing in a designer.
Look over your budget
Before you get started on anything, you should know how much money you can spend on renovations. As a rule of thumb, no more than 10% of your home value should be allotted for a kitchen renovation. So allocate your budget wisely; know what you can splurge on and what would be considered a waste of money. Remember that renovations increase the re-sale value of your home. You may think that buying cheap appliances and materials will save you money, but they actually lower the value of the home and will most likely break down in the long term. If you don’t have the money for a complete renovation, you always have the option of adding small touches to your existing appliances and fixtures. You’ll be surprised how a simple change in cabinet doors can make a huge difference in the appearance.
Take careful measurements
As tempting as it is to browse through an interior design catalog and choose your favorite kitchen design, you need to first have a good understanding of how much space you are working with. How can you include a kitchen island if you barely have room for two people to move around? Start by measuring the length of the walls, the location and dimensions of the doorways and windows, and the location of any protruding drainpipes, electrical switches, and outlets. Once you know the general size of the kitchen, envision where you can place the counters and appliances. The location of gas lines and outlets can limit some of the placements, so plan wisely. Moving the pipes and wires will swallow up your money like quicksand.
Evaluate your lifestyle
Believe it or not, your kitchen layout reflects the kind of lifestyle that you actually lead. If you have a growing family with four kids, you will need a lot of storage space to store all the cereal boxes and bags of chips. If you like to entertain friends and family and your home is the prime gathering place for the holidays, you will need a lot of counter space to hold all the plates and a lot of floor space to fit everyone. You also need to consider your usual routine in the kitchen. If you’re used to moving one step from the sink to the refrigerator, you may want the new layout to accommodate your needs. If you usually cook with someone else, you want to make sure that you won’t be constantly bumping into each other.
Check current condition of the home
You know how they say never judge anything by its appearance? This applies to your home as well. Putting aside the wear and tear, your kitchen may seem fine on the outside. But have you ever stopped to consider the inside of the walls? There may be hidden electrical or plumbing problems that could pose problems for new appliances. There is no way of knowing what you will find during your renovation, so have room in your budget for all possible contingencies.
Be prepared for the journey
Reality shows make renovations seem easy and quick, so how bad could it be? Sorry to break your bubble, but things are much more complicated than that. Renovations take at least 4-6 weeks to complete and during that time, you can barely use your kitchen. You will have to keep the refrigerator running in a separate room and use the bathroom sink to wash the dishes. There is, however, one exciting advantage. Because of the warm weather year round, you can use the renovation as an excuse to have a BBQ every day.
Whether you want to make better use of a given space or have the room be more functional, you need to be prepared for the long and strenuous work that comes with renovating a kitchen. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with what lies ahead, so we have compiled a list of important things to consider when undergoing a renovation. Want more tips? Check out Facebook page for more!
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