How to Plan a Kitchen Remodel
Posted at 27 February 2020 in Blogs by Gary Braun
The kitchen is one of the main focal points of our homes. If we have a stylish kitchen, then it can really set the tone for the rest of the house. If we leave it to fall out of fashion, then the design of the whole house can suffer.
It is for this reason that the kitchen is the most popular room to renovate in our homes and it is also why homeowners spend more money on their kitchen remodeling than any other home improvement.
However, building a new kitchen is a big undertaking and one that should only be handled by qualified contractors in Las Vegas. It’s no small feat and it should be approached with complete professionalism as there are many pitfalls that you might run into. With that being said, it is still up to you to decide on the style, design, and contents of your new kitchen and how the layout will look.
Let’s take a look at some essential areas of kitchen renovation planning that you should consider before you take your first steps.
Set a Budget
When we are considering how to plan a kitchen remodel, the first and arguably most important factor is to make an appropriate and realistic budget. You need to know how much money you have to work with so you can plan effectively.
It is important that you take extra time on this step to consider all the costs you might encounter. As with most renovation projects you will most likely run into some unexpected costs and unplanned expenses. When you arrive at your final budget, it would be wise to add on an extra 10-20% to give yourself a safety net.
Visualize What You Want
This may sound like common sense but it is important that you take some time to visualize what your dream kitchen will look like. It may help to put some ideas down on paper, even better if you can do a sketch of what you foresee your new kitchen looking like.
If you can, do some research on the current kitchen trends as well as any modern, up-to-date technology that you would like to include in the design. It is far easier to make changes at this stage before any of the work is done, and it is much cheaper to redo your sketch than to redo your entire remodeling.
Plan Demolition Before Construction
First things first, you need to tear the old down before you can build the new. If there are any areas of your kitchen that will not be making the final cut into the next design, then you need to get rid of them.
Plan how you will remove them by causing the least amount of damage and work possible. Sometimes the appliances and furniture can remain throughout a kitchen remodel as a paint job and a bit of renovating will do the trick. If that’s not the case, then it’s time to get rid of it.
Plan how you will remove it, where you will store it, and where you will eventually throw it away. Be sure to check for recycling/donating options.
Plan Heating and Air Ventilation
The kitchen is one of the most frequented parts of the house; you need to make it as comfortable and as inviting as possible. Consider what methods of heating you will have for the winter and what air ventilation option you will be installing.
Talk with your contractors to see what your available options are for your home.
Plan Water and Gas Sources
Again, this is one that you should discuss with your contractors. Consider where your water supply is, and where you need this supply going.
If you are moving your sink and other water-using appliances, then you need to put some careful thought into this. The further away from the supply line, the harder and more expensive the job will become. The same goes for the gas source.
Color has a huge effect on our mood and how receptive we can be to a room. As the kitchen is a key area of the house, you should really put some time into choosing the correct color scheme.
Neutral, clean colors like whites, grays, and blacks have always been very popular for kitchens, but that’s not to say that you can’t think outside the box. Go back to your original plan and make sure the color scheme works with the rest of the house.
Materials to Use
Lastly, you need to think about what materials you will use in the kitchen. You have a lot to choose from, so take your time. You need to decide on what the flooring material will be, the countertop, the backsplash, and your cupboards.
The possibilities are endless, so don’t be afraid to experiment a little.
So there you have it. Hopefully, by now you should know how to plan a kitchen remodel.
As the old saying goes, “fail to prepare, prepare to fail” – truer words couldn’t be spoken when it comes to kitchen remodeling. Don’t forget, make a budget, make a plan, and then stick to it.