Are you considering a kitchen remodeling project?
Typically a kitchen remodel is the most expensive home improvement project. So it’s normal to worry about making costly mistakes.
And you might even think twice about taking the time to research and plan such a large project.
You basically have 2 options:
- You can go it alone, spending your weekends visiting showrooms and scouring the Internet for ideas.
- You can enlist the help of a full-service design firm.
Here are the top 5 kitchen design questions you should consider before starting your project:
#1 – Where do I start?
Start with evaluating your current kitchen and how it works for everyone who uses it. Don’t jump right to the fun stuff — such as picking cabinets or granite… that comes later!
Take a step back and ask yourself some questions:
- What do you like and dislike about your kitchen?
- How often do you cook?
- How many people cook at once?
- What features do you want to add?
- How often do you entertain and for how many people?
- Does anyone in your home have special needs?
- Are you planning to sell your house soon?
#2 – Do I need a building permit?
Kitchen remodeling is a major undertaking, and the cost of a building permit is usually a tiny part of the total budget.
The building code is focused on serious issues — such as fire safety and structural integrity.
In most municipalities, a building permit is required before you begin any major remodeling project. Don’t take a chance. Get a permit!
#3 – How long will it take to remodel my kitchen?
The construction phase of a kitchen remodel usually runs 4 to 12 weeks. A lot depends on how well you’ve planned.
For instance, if you have all of the materials for your kitchen renovation at the job site before the contractor begins work, your kitchen can be completed more quickly. That kind of coordination requires a deep level of planning.
A master item list — such as the furnishings and fixtures commonly used in remodels — typically includes over 200 items. Most remodeling projects do not require all 200, but checking each one avoids surprises that blow might blow your budget and timeline.
#4 – Is it possible to design an upscale kitchen without spending a fortune?
Yes. The trick is using a kitchen design firm that caters to a wide range of clientele. By starting upscale, your choices are limitless and can easily be pared down to meet your budget.
Don’t be scared away by a showroom full of exquisite dream kitchens. That’s exactly the kind of place you want to visit! Even the best showrooms have a few displays that look far more expensive than they really are.
Knowledgeable designers can turn expensive tastes into your dream kitchen and save you money with a variety of less expensive, high quality options.
#5 – How do I get more space in my kitchen without adding on?
There are 4 ways to get more space in your kitchen without adding onto your house.
Here they are in order, starting with the easiest and least costly:
- Boost the storage within your current layout.
- Create a more efficient layout within your current kitchen.
- Take space from an adjacent room.
- Flip your kitchen to a larger room in your house.
All 4 are successful strategies — depending on your space.
Ask a designer to show you a few different options for your kitchen project.
There are endless ways to design kitchens. The best way to begin the process is to gather details on a variety of design styles and layouts that inspire you to create an elegant, functional, and efficient space.