The kitchen is the most frequently remodeled room in the home. It’s the first to show its age. Because the kitchen needs to remain functional and look good, it needs upgrading from time to time. It’s also the most important room in the home when it comes to selling a home. So whether you plan to sell soon or further on down the road, if you’re planning a kitchen remodel, it’s important that you do it right. Here is some tried and true kitchen remodeling advice.
Hire a real professional
Unless you’re just planning to do a few simple upgrades like replacing sink fixtures or cabinet hardware, or repainting your kitchen, you probably shouldn’t attempt a kitchen remodel on your own. When hiring a contractor for the job, it’s crucial that you hire the right one. Not all contractors are created equal. Before hiring a contractor you need to take the time to do your homework. Start by researching remodelers in your community. Try to find out how long they’ve been in the business. The more experience, the better. When you’ve picked a few to investigate further, don’t be afraid to ask for references. The best indicator of the quality of a contractor is their previous work. Any real professional will have a license to do the work and will carry insurance that protects you in the event they accidentally damage your home or that one of their workers is injured on the job. Before you seal the deal, make sure both you and the contractor are on the same page when it comes to expectations. When will they start work each day? When will they finish? How long should the project take? Will they be loud?
Many homeowners are torn between a traditional or more contemporary design. A good rule of thumb is to consider the look of the rest of the house. The last thing you want is for your remodeled kitchen to look out of place in your home. So unless you plan to remodel the other rooms in your home to make them consistent with your new kitchen, try to stay true to the original design of your home. Within reason, you can still have a more traditional or more contemporary design no matter what the rest of your home looks like.
Balance space and storage
One of the biggest reasons homeowners remodel their kitchens is because they feel too small. Maybe there’s not enough room for a table that is large enough for your family. Perhaps there’s simply not enough cabinet space to meet your storage needs. Whatever the reason, it’s important that you find a balance for your remodeled kitchen. If you lack cabinet space, for instance, it would be a big mistake to go overboard with the cabinets in your remodel only to find that your kitchen table set is now too cramped. You may have to find creative storage solutions such as adding shelves up on one wall rather than cabinets. You might hang a pots and pans rack above your kitchen island (if you have one) to free up some cabinet space.
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