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Getting the Kitchen You Want: 5 Things to Consider Before Remodeling

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A kitchen remodel is one of the biggest, yet best investments you can make in your home. Before you begin the process, it is important to map out exactly what kind of kitchen will fit your needs as well as your home’s style. These five essential questions will help you begin the planning process, no matter how large or small the renovation.

1. How well does your kitchen function now?

One important factor to consider is how well your kitchen’s layout works currently. If the kitchen is too small for your needs, it may be worth enlarging it. If expanding the footprint of the kitchen is not possible, you can rearrange the appliances and cabinets to maximize the space you do have to create an open space. Adding a kitchen island will create extra seating and storage space.

2. How much storage do you need?

Everything in your new kitchen should have its own place. Your cabinet design should be able to store all of your cooking and baking essentials easily. For example, large pieces of baking equipment require larger and wider storage spaces.
Those who have a small kitchen area will also want to look for ways to add storage, such as mounting your microwave rather than keeping it on the counter, or choosing cabinets that increase storage capacity. For a family with young children, adding a pantry might be a necessity!

3. What is your budget?

Creating a realistic budget prior to beginning the planning process will ensure that you will not over-spend. Make a list of the most important appliances/features that you would like in the kitchen and those that aren’t as important. This will help you decide areas in which you can save money. Once you set your budget, it is a wise idea to build a cushion into it by a few thousand dollars in case un-expected costs arise.

4. How do you use your kitchen?

If you only cook once a week, high-end appliances are probably not a priority for you. On the other hand, if you have a large family and find yourself preparing a meal most days and nights of the week, you will want appliances that are durable and will last through a lot of use. If you entertain often, people will most likely congregate in the kitchen so create an open space that allows you to cook and interact with your guests at the same time.

5. What style kitchen works for you?

If you are remodeling your kitchen but plan to sell your house within a few years, you will probably get more for your investment if you choose a traditional design. Choose neutral paint colors, granite and backsplash designs, and cabinets. You will get more back for your investment if you design a kitchen that the majority of buyers will find appealing. If you are not planning to sell, then you can choose a design that is more personalized to your style. Either way, your kitchen design should be symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing given the size and shape of the area.

Before you start your renovation, planning your goals for the space will ensure that your kitchen is exactly what you want, and within the budget that you set. Have you recently gone through a kitchen renovation? What were the biggest things that helped you when planning a remodel? Leave them in the comments below!

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