Has it ever happened to you? Feeling hungry, you might have walked into your kitchen and suddenly felt uninspired to cook? This could be due to many reasons. You might have started feeling that your appliances are outdated or space is poorly laid out or maybe just looking plain ugly. Perhaps you need to get the kitchen remodelled. I hope my Kitchen Remodeling tips will help you to execute your project successfully
Remodeling of the kitchen will definitely improve the look and feel of your kitchen. But before you undertake this project, there are few things you must know to prepare yourself for the possible challenges that come with completing a kitchen remodel.
Kitchen remodeling seems to be a simple project but however small the project may be, it is important to start your project with a good plan.
First of all, you must Know beforehand what changes you want to see in your kitchen. Do not get started unless you are very much sure. You may consult with an expert consultant or contractor and ask for the photos of recently remodelled kitchens.
Though your requirements may be different but It would help you to finalize a theme and enable you to keep a consistent style throughout your kitchen. You may also like to check the image galleries offered by many websites. You may be benefitted by reading a book like " Remodel: Without Going Bonkers or Broke" dedicated to remodeling. I really feel that once you have a theme and look in mind and a detailed plan, you are ready to get started.
Given below is a list of things you will need to consider before initiating your kitchen remodel:
Space management :
As you are not constructing a new kitchen, it is important to keep in mind the shape and size os the existing kitchen and then explore the applicability of the kitchen triangle to optimize the layout both in design and function.
The basic purpose of the classic kitchen triangle is to regulate the workflow. The main idea is that you should be able to move unobstructed between three points of the triangle i.e refrigerator, sink and the stove/oven.
Most of the people prefer to Sink on the perimeter of the triangle however some may like it to be on Kitchen Island. It all depends on your liking and the size of the kitchen.
If you have separate stove and oven, you cal keep both within a distance of 2 to 3 feet. The oven may be kept on the triangle or out depending upon your baking requirements.
The fridge can be kept at a farther point of the triangle assuming that you will not be moving the items back and forth during cooking. You can try to adjust the fridge in such a way that the door of the fridge opens into the triangle.
Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops:
As per my experience, most of the kitchen renovation projects are delayed due to the mistakes committed during the installation of new kitchen cabinets.
If it happens, it would leave you with a partially or non-functioning kitchen for a longer period and you would keep on asking the questions about how much more time it is going to take to finish the remodeling of the kitchen.
As I said earlier, most of these problems can be avoided with proper and diligent planning but there may still be a chance for a variety of things to go wrong.
Following are some of the most common mistakes made during the replacement and installation of cabinets.
Poor Measurements of Existing Kitchen Cabinets:
If you want to avoid any unnecessary delays in your kitchen remodeling project, you must ensure that all the cabinet measurements are taken accurately. The measurements should include all the dimensions like the height of the ceiling, from wall-to-wall, doors, windows and anything else that may break up or effect cabinet alignment.
There are plenty of Kitchen cabinets and countertop options available in the market. I have dedicated a special post on the selection of Kitchen Cabinets.
Replacement of Old Appliances:
If you are planning to replace your old appliances with the new ones, You must keep in mind to allocate the space as per the measurement of new appliances rather than the old. Though you may be using
If you are replacing your old appliances with new appliances, make sure that you measure the spaces for them according to the new appliances, rather than the old. Although you may be using standard-sized appliances, It is better to check the dimensions as Manufacturer keeps on changing the models and specifications. It is better to be prepared than feeling sorry later.
When choosing the new appliances, their size and colour should complement each other and also be consistent with the theme chosen.
Faucets and Sink:
You may prefer to install a designer sink in your kitchen. While selecting the new sink, you must be mindful of the size and depth of the sink and the features, height clearance and manoeuvrability of the faucet.
Kitchen Walls and Floor:
The material, pattern and colour of the walls and floor should remain true to the overall theme of the kitchen. The best materials for kitchen flooring are non-porous and durable, as they will hold up better with daily use and food spills.
As with any workspace, there should be enough lighting in the kitchen. It is advisable to Have lights over each work zone - particularly the stove and sink.
The budget may have the biggest implications while tackling any remodeling project. The budget has a biggest say in deciding "how much to be done and what should be replaced". This should be considered during the planning stage.
It is best to consult a contractor if you are planning a kitchen remodel and take an estimate. Most of the contractors offer a free estimate. The estimate can give you a fair idea about how much each part of the project will cost and what can be accomplished based on your budget. The worst thing you can imagine is to begin a project you can't afford to finish. It is always better to make realistic plans based on your financing and stick to them!
A kitchen remodel may take several weeks and you must arrange a makeshift kitchen during the remodeling period. It is also important to lay out clear rules for both the workers and your family before the remodel.
The workers should be informed of areas that are off-limits to them. Similarly, the family members, especially children, should know to stay out of work areas. The workers should be respectful of your home and always clean up after themselves at the end of each workday.
You should be involved in every aspect of the project as much as possible and do not hesitate to ask any questions to the contractors. If you start with a good plan, stick to your budget, and communicate with the contractor, your kitchen remodel will be a great success.
I hope I have been able to give you some tips on your kitchen remodeling project which would definitely come handy. In case you need any more advice, do not hesitate to leave a comment below.