Remodeling your kitchen allows you to design your kitchen to your own preferences. You can also increase your home’s resale value when you upgrade and modernize your kitchen. To get the most of your kitchen remodel, you should ask yourself some questions and make thorough plans before you hire a contractor.
Why Do You Want to Remodel?
Ask yourself if you really want to remodel and why you want to do so. Common reasons for remodeling your kitchen include:
- You just bought your home and want to personalize your kitchen
- Your kitchen hasn’t been remodeled for a long time
- You want a new, updated look
- You want to increase your home’s value
- You want to sell your home soon
All of these reasons help direct your vision of what your new kitchen remodel will look like. Some of these reasons may mean a total overhaul while others may mean simple upgrades or aesthetics.
What Problems Do You Want to Eliminate?
Once you decide to remodel, take a look at your kitchen and determine what areas are causing you problems or could be improved and think about how you will eliminate or minimize these issues.
Too Little Counter Space
For example, your small appliances may take up all available counter space, leaving no room to cook. Or, you may want to add a new appliance and have no place to put it.
Too Few Storage Spaces
Maybe you have outgrown your kitchen and have more need to store plates, utensils, and other items. Perhaps more people live in your home than before and, thus, require more places to hide baby bottles or sippy cups.
Too Old Appliances
You may have outdated appliances that no longer meet your needs, are potentially unsafe, and use too much electricity.
Too Ugly Counter Tops
Perhaps your countertops are scratched, damaged, faded, or completely out-of-date.
Too Hard to Clean
Countertops with grout lines and old, worn painted cabinets make cleaning more of a chore than smooth material and freshly painted wood surfaces.
Too Few Outlets
Modern kitchens require more electronic devices, and, therefore, need more outlets. However, if you have an older kitchen or home, then you may need to upgrade your electrical system as well.
With a kitchen remodel, you have the freedom to resolve all of these issues and more to make your kitchen perfect for your needs.
What Do You Want in a Kitchen?
Your next step is to decide what you want in your new kitchen. On top of thinking about how to fix each of the above-mentioned issues, you can also think about what your ideal kitchen will look and feel like, then make a list.
Take a look through catalogs and get some ideas of what you want to add or take away from your current kitchen. You can explore color schemes, brands, and materials for countertops and cabinets. However, try to keep in mind that your picks will have to work with the kitchen’s structural feasibility and your budget.
How Far Do You Want to Go?
Decide how far you want to go with your kitchen remodel. You can either go with simple changes, such as new appliances and cabinets, to full-out kitchen wall knockdowns and island additions. You can simply add more storage and counter space, or completely transform your kitchen to a world-class kitchen that a professional chef will admire.
Decide how much change you really need or want and make a plan.
Kitchens are often the hub of a home, so remodeling them makes sense whether you want to sell your home or just need an update. However, some kitchens, especially in older homes, require much more modification and upgrade than others. Therefore, you should hire a professional contractor to help you through the design process and to do the work.
At Rochester Bath & Kitchen Remodeling, we can give you a free in-home design consultation to help you decide on what upgrades and changes will work in your home. Visit our website or call to start your free estimate.