Where to Begin With Your 2019 Kitchen Remodel
Your kitchen probably gets more use during the holidays than any other time of the year. It's the time when family gathers around and enjoys the pleasures of home cooking and spending time together. It may also be the time when you vow to remodel your kitchen before the next holiday season arrives. Now is the ideal time to begin planning for a remodel in 2019. In the meantime, soak in the moments with family while you take note of changes you would like to make before the next holiday rolls around.
Now is a great time to begin thinking about how well your current layout serves your needs. Make a note of any inconveniences you encounter during the holiday season and brainstorm on ways to overcome the problems. Don't be afraid to enlist the input of others, like family and friends. You don't need to take all their suggestions to heart, but listening to their thoughts may allow you to see your kitchen in a new light. Consider whether you have the room you need to cook and entertain, as well as room to provide comfort for family and guests when festivities are underway. If you prefer an eat-in space in your kitchen, check that there is adequate room to meet your dining needs.
This is also the time to browse magazines or surf online to uncover new trends or creative ways others have overcome the obstacles you face. You may not be able to perfectly mimic the kitchen of your dreams due to space or budgetary limits, but knowing what you want and need is an important first step. You can always adapt ideas to fit your space and budget.
Setting a Budget
Knowing how much money you have to work with will help you build realistic expectations for your kitchen remodel. If you are planning a complete kitchen remodel, a budget of six to ten percent of the total home value will typically provide you with a return on your investment at resale. A lower budget may not allow room for a full remodel, but it will still allow you to make many of the improvements you seek. Instead of setting your sights on customized features, stick to more standard updates instead. Keeping the same location for appliances, walls and water fixtures can help keep the budget down. Don't forget to allow some room in the budget for unexpected costs. This will help you avoid going over budget as the project progresses.
Communicate Clearly With Contractors
Nothing throws a remodeling project awry quite like a miscommunication between you and your contractors. Be specific about your needs and desires, including the materials to be used and the timeframe of the remodel. Your contractor cannot give you an accurate quote unless they know exactly what you want and expect from them. Take the time to discuss the project thoroughly so both of you are clear on what the project entails and what the finished remodel will look like. Don't be afraid to share photos of your vision of a new kitchen and discuss whether your expectations are in line with the existing space and budget.
If you have already given your kitchen remodel some thought and are ready to start a conversation about your remodel, contact us today at Kitchen Tune-Up. We would love to help you transform your space!