The kitchen is known as the ‘heart of the home’ as it strengthens the bond of families and friends. Nowadays, the kitchen has transformed into a living space for families. As needs and wants grow, kitchen remodeling has taken place in many homes as kitchen functionality and design are ever-evolving.
Learning how to remodel a kitchen is the current trend for many homeowners as it was tagged as the most popular remodeling project after bathrooms. There are essential steps to follow when undergoing kitchen remodeling, all of which require careful planning and a lot of patience and perseverance.
Preparation is the Key
Kitchen remodeling can be overwhelming, especially if you start without the proper preparation. Before starting your remodeling process, the right amount of readiness may help you break the process down into logical and manageable little steps. Try to ask yourself why you want to remodel the kitchen and communicate this with the entire family.
When you decide to remodel your kitchen, prepare yourself for a long-term commitment that will eventually lead you to be mentally drained and physically exhausted.
Wants versus Needs
There are many aesthetically perfect kitchen designs from different countries, like marble kitchens, lounge-style banquettes, or metal grate concepts. However, at the end of the day, that remodeled kitchen is ‘your’ kitchen. Always retain the functionality of the kitchen by individualizing it to the lifestyle of the family. The more clearly you settle your needs versus your wants, the easier you can settle the design with the contractor to make your vision come true.
Mark the Timeline and Budget
The duration and cost needed for a kitchen remodeling will depend on many factors like the size, complexity of design, labor demands, and availability of materials. According to statistics, it takes an average of nine months for a kitchen remodeling – six months of planning and three months of construction.
A good rule of thumb in plotting a budget for the renovation is to get at least three different estimates that include timetables for completion to get a sense of whether it is essential to add to the design. By plotting the timeline and allocating a budget, there will be a greater opportunity for a more practical decision along the process.
Ask for Professional Help
Seeking advice from a professional would probably be for the best outcome of the kitchen. A contractor can help by establishing the scope of work needed for the kitchen and making sure that kitchen space remains functional and efficient. Be proactive with bringing in professionals along the process as their expertise will help you make better remodeling decisions.
When remodeling your kitchen, think about three words: functionality, productivity, and quality. Kitchens should be not only beautiful but also functional and long-lasting. Yes, it is hard. Kitchen remodeling does not have to be difficult. Know where to start and when to ask for help. So before you start bashing down walls in your kitchen, there are some decisions you need to consider and prepare.