March 13th, 2020
You may be a new homeowner that is about to move into an older home that needs some work. Or you may already be in your home and have decided it’s time to invest in it and make it more truly your own, and you’ve decided to start with the kitchen. This is always a good choice, as it’s one of a few home improvements that are not only useful for you, it can increase the value of your property.
However, if you want to make the most of your kitchen remodel, you’ve got to plan carefully. Without sound decisions made ahead of time, a kitchen remodel can be one of the most costly improvements to a home, potentially running tens of thousands of dollars. Here’s how you can make the most of this opportunity.
Define Your Triangle
One of the best ways to have a kitchen that works for you is to create the ideal “kitchen triangle.” This is the concept of a workspace that positions the fridge, the stove/oven, and the sink at specific placements and distances from each other for the most efficient workspace.
Because these three items in the kitchen are the ones that are the most frequently used, an efficient kitchen layout takes their positioning into account. By creating a triangle of similar distances, this makes it easier to reach each facet of the triangle without difficulty. It’s often the difference between a kitchen that is easy to work in, and one that was remodeled for show, but is less practical in actual usage.
Think About Cabinets
Kitchen cabinets are often the most expensive part of any kitchen remodel, and it’s quite normal for this expense alone to go over $10,000, especially if you decide to go with custom cabinets. Plan your cabinets around your needs, and make sure you look into all the numerous options that are now available to you.
For example, did you know that cabinets can now be wired for electrical power? This makes itself in a variety of different ways. Lights can be wired to the underside of cabinets, for better, more direct lighting on the counter itself and a clearer, easier view of food preparation. You can even stick electrical outlets in drawers to create a neater, “out of sight” charging station for all your electrical devices.
Plan Your Budget
The best way to get the most out of your kitchen remodel is to think hard about just how much you’re willing to spend. Prioritize the things you are most adamant about improving and then set a budget to see where you can spend your money. You might find, for example, that if cabinets aren’t a big priority for you, then just refacing, rather than replacing, may be all you need to do, and you can spend more money on your counters or floor.
In the end, once you have your budget figured out, you should always consult with the experts. If you’d like to know more about the best way to make the most of your money and your kitchen renovation plans, we can help. Contact Design Basics and let us improve your home.