March 17, 2016 Remodeler

Regret after Your Kitchen Remodel?


Almost any homeowner will be thrilled with the prospect of a kitchen remodel. Imagine looking at the latest options for backslashes, kitchen islands and cabinets. How will you make all of this work with different types of flooring and new lighting fixtures? Of course, as many have found out, kitchen remodeling presents many chances for bad decisions and technical mistakes. Keep reading if you want to avoid finding yourself in this position after you have spent your money.

  1. Know what your home needs. First and foremost, you should acknowledge the style of your home. This will help to guide your remodeling decisions, plus it will pretty much guarantee that the project won’t go off the rails from a design standpoint. For example, a modern kitchen may not suit a Victorian style home interior.
  2. Keep costs in check. Any successful kitchen remodeling project rests on getting your prices lined up from the start. After doing your research, you will be able to make a list of all the fixtures and materials you will need and can afford. There is no need to go for the most expensive products when cheaper alternatives will do. Some people overspend unnecessarily on their kitchen remodeling and end up feeling overextended.
  3. Plan the layout. A kitchen design is something you will have to live with for years. It will also influence your ability to use the kitchen comfortably and efficiently. Any mistakes in the floor plan may be too expensive to rectify right away. Start with a rough draft before you talk to a contractor. Mark the spots for the appliances and the fixtures, and the contractor will advise you on the best use of the space.
  4. Reuse where possible. Even a full remodel does not always mean making changes to every single aspect of the space. You don’t have to change appliances if they are still in good condition and functioning properly. A hardwood floor can be sanded and refinished, and the same applies to cabinets.
  5. Work with existing installations. Changing plumbing and gas lines can be costly, so if there is no need to move them you can actually save money. You can plan your remodeling with these installations in mind, and this will make the entire process easier. You can put the new sink, stove and other elements in the same position as the old ones and still get a new look for the kitchen.
  6. Read up on trends. Trends can make the entire project a whole lot easier. Everything from the color scheme to the type of backsplash can be influenced by trends. Luckily, kitchen trends do not necessarily suggest buying the most expensive products.

It may also help to be aware of trends and styles in your neighborhood if you want kitchen ideas you can be happy with. The designers and builders here at Homework Remodels enjoy the challenges presented by homeowners in the greater Phoenix area. We’re very proud of the work we do and the awards we’ve earned. Give us a call at 602-478-5102 if you’d like to schedule an appointment to work with us on your new kitchen design.

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