Remodeling a kitchen presents a number of aesthetic and layout challenges. You might be considering a larger countertop, more storage space and new light fixtures. To make the changes that improve the look and functionality of the space, keep these factors in mind as you start planning for the project.
- The remodeling budget. The final look of the kitchen rests on how much you can spend. If you have a small budget, consider doing some of the work, and focus on small changes with a big impact. Seeking financing is another option, and you may be able to apply for a home equity loan. If your goal is to put the house up for sale, a kitchen remodel can boost the value. An increase in the budget is a good idea in this case.
- Do you need more space? People often decide to remodel their kitchens due to space concerns. However, knocking out walls and expanding the founding can raise costs significantly. This should not be at the expense of quality kitchen finishes. If the budget is not big enough, look at additional storage options to keep the space clutter free. You might also be able to expand inward to an adjoining room.
- Lighting. Poor lighting can make the kitchen dreary, and detract from even the most beautiful finishes. Consider larger windows to get more natural light for a cheery atmosphere. Look at different options to layer the lighting and improve functionality. Consider whether he kitchen can benefit from additional lighting in cupboards and under cabinets.
- Do you need new appliances? New appliances are often added to kitchen remodeling projects as some of them provide cost savings long after the project is over. Some, like range hoods, improve functionality and comfort. Other types, like refrigerators and dishwashers are more energy efficient and will help to lower your utility bills. The style and finish of appliances can also contribute to the look of the kitchen.
- Does the layout work? Flaws in the layout decrease efficiency and can make working in the kitchen uncomfortable. Adjustments to the layout may include repositioning cabinets or moving large appliances like the fridge. In a few cases, it may be necessary to reroute plumbing, wiring or gas lines to accommodate a layout change. However, this can be expensive, so generally it is best to leave them in place if possible.
You may consider other factors as you start planning for the kitchen remodel. The goals should be to strike a visual balance, and to make the space more functional.