Planning Guide: Kitchen Remodeling
Remodeling the kitchen is no small task as it can cause a lot of inconvenience so remodel at a time when the family would be least inconvenienced. Aesthetics are important but better functionality must be the main reason for the kitchen remodeling. You need to plan expenses which would depend on what you want to change, reuse or discard.
Maybe you want a kitchen that looks like something in the magazine or maybe you just want to re – haul the appliances. Whatever, your needs you need to know exactly what you want before you meet kitchen re-modelers. Go through home improvement magazines, kitchen design photos and colors. Browse websites and visit kitchen remodel stores and showrooms to understand what you are looking for exactly and how well it fits into your budget. Also you need to understand the basic elements of the design before you begin talking to the architects.
What will you use the kitchen for?
Is the kitchen going to be a place that you will use for only eating or is it going to be a place where other family activities will also be carried out. Will you entertain in it or will it be used only for eating requirements. In other words how much time are you going to spend in the kitchen and for what purpose will determine how you remodel it. Jot down all the issues that you presently don’t like and what cabinets, countertops and appliances you would like to install in your kitchen to improve it.
The best place to start is to list out the scope of work and the budget you have presently for the changes you want. You need to be sure if your desires match your budget and how you reconcile your plans with what is affordable. You will have to go into the market or consult with kitchen remodel firms to find out what is feasible within your budget. Over a period of time you will get to know the options available to you and then can talk those over with your remodeler.
Every home owner aims to have an attractive and uncluttered kitchen. So you have to understand how much space you have even though most kitchens are now 200 to 300 sq. ft. Most cabinet makers have storage and the organized kitchen in mind when they design kitchen cabinets but you need to find one that is right for your budget. Make an inventory of what you want in the kitchen and what you want stored away or disposed of. Opt for separate workstations for food: preparation, cooking, cleaning and baking. Try to follow the triangle rule that has a perimeter 26 feet of space between the refrigerator, sink and cooking stove.
Zero in on the right professionals
Do a research and then get in the right professionals even if you aim to do it yourself. You will need to consult about the materials you use and their suitability. Good professionals can guide you correctly.
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