Remodeling your kitchen is a big job, no doubt about it. And there are going to be a lot of hassles to contend with along the way, from dealing with building codes, to living without a kitchen for several weeks, to fronting the cost. But there are a couple of major upsides to make it worth your while. Not only will you get to enjoy a beautiful, modern kitchen that meets your style sensibilities and functions to your precise specifications, but you’ll also increase the value of your home and see the greatest return on investment of any home improvement project. Of course, you first have to plan out the remodeling process so that you can figure out what you want down to the last detail, get an idea of cost and timeline, find a qualified contractor, and get your project underway. Here are a few planning basics to help you get the ball rolling.
The place to start is by setting a reasonable budget. You might not know how much things will cost, but you know what you can afford to spend. A good contractor should be able to give you options that work with nearly any budget, even one that is pretty small. For example, even $1,000 could net you new fixtures, painted cabinets, and perhaps even a backsplash. A $30,000 budget, on the other hand, could yield a brand new kitchen from top to bottom, depending on the materials you choose. Just be aware of the fact that your budget will have a major impact on the planning process.
Next you should start thinking about what you can reuse, what needs to be replaced or updated, and whether or not you want to change the layout of your kitchen space. If you want the floor plan to stay the same, you can save a lot on the cost of gutting your kitchen, moving plumbing, and so on. And if your kitchen is fairly functional, this is probably a good idea, especially if you’re working with a limited budget. You should assess flooring, cabinetry, countertops, fixtures, and appliances. Some of these elements may be outdated or damaged, and these will likely require replacement or at least updating of some sort. But when you have an idea of where you stand you can start prioritizing your projects and allocating your budget accordingly.
Finally, you need to find yourself a reputable, reliable, and reasonably affordable contractor. This professional can give you advice and options for your home renovations, helping you to use your budget wisely and get the most bang for your buck. Or if you prefer, you can hire a lauded interior design firm like SCM Design Group to plan and execute your kitchen remodeling project from start to finish. It all depends on how much you have to spend and the level of interest you have in planning your own project. If you’re not particularly gifted where creativity and design are concerned, having a professional on hand from the very beginning to help you through the planning process could result in a more cohesive kitchen that looks like it belongs in a model home.