Remodeling a kitchen can give a completely new look and feel to a kitchen. Furthermore, if itâ€™s done in a planned way, it may not even cost a lot.
However, surprisingly, not many manage to remodel their kitchen the right way without breaking the bank. That being said, we would now go through some of the most important points you need to keep in mind while considering a remodeling of your kitchen.
A kitchen remodeling plan
We just canâ€™t stress enough how important creating a kitchen remodeling plan is. It seems that the reason many never manage to end up happy with the way they remodel their kitchen is simply because they donâ€™t have a plan. Not having a remodeling plan means thereâ€™s a risk you may end up messing things up as well as wasting a lot of money unnecessarily.
A kitchen remodeling plan should basically have the following things covered:
- Analysis of the current state of your kitchen â€“ You should take some measurements and get a clear idea of the current state of your kitchen
- Finding out things that need to be changed â€“ Not all things need to be changed while remodeling a kitchen, and hence you should list down those that require attention
- Setting goals â€“ Itâ€™s also a good idea to list down what exactly you plan to achieve with the remodeling process
- Choosing your goals â€“ Depending on your budget, not all goals may be possible to achieve, and hence you should choose those that are practically possible to achieve and are the most important ones
Setting a budget
The next step while remodeling a kitchen should be deciding on the budget. We think it wouldnâ€™t be wise to spend more than 15 percent of the market value of your home. Please note though, we think this is the â€œmaximumâ€ you should spend, the actual figure can even be just around 5 percent depending on your needs.
You should also set aside 20 to 40 percent of your budget to take care of unforeseen expenses, which are surprisingly common while remodeling a kitchen.
Kitchen remodeling features
Last but of course not the least is the remodeling features. Some of the things you may want to look into include the following.
Cabinets and countertops
They are usually the most important part of a kitchen remodel. While there are tons of choices available, it isnâ€™t recommended to go with what seem to be the best ones out there, but rather those that will be suitable for your kitchen and not make you reconsider your budget.
Sinks and faucets
If you simply intend to replace a sink or faucet with another one without changing its location in the kitchen, you may be able to do it yourself. However, if you want to relocate them, you may want to hire a professional which may set you back by several hundred dollars.
Make sure you only look for the features that you know for sure youâ€™re going to use, as otherwise you would end up wasting a lot of money.
Flooring and lighting, too, are important part of a kitchen remodel. However, while choosing them, a lot also depends on your personal preferences, and of course, budget.
While laminate flooring is a economical chÂ oice, hardwood floors seem to be getting increasingly popular. On the other hand, when it comes to lighting, itâ€™s recommended to hire a professional to figure out your exact needs unless youâ€™re very experienced at it.