A kitchen renovation is the single-most expensive room to remodel, and for good reason. It’s by far the most used and also the most complicated space in your home. Between cabinets, countertops, appliances, plumbing and electricity the cost adds up quickly, and that’s just the easy stuff. If you factor in knocking down walls and rearranging the layout, the cost of your kitchen renovation can skyrocket. Before you embark on any investment like this, it is a good idea to establish a budget plan as well as a list of your top renovation essentials — the things that you can’t live without — so you can stay on track. We have a few other tips to consider before you jump into a kitchen renovation, so keep reading!
Take a Good Look at How You Use Your Space
The way you and you household use your kitchen is unique so taking the time to consider your family’s needs and your lifestyle means everyone can get the most out of the space. It is important to evaluate which features you love (or don’t love), and which appliances you typically use the most. High-use appliances like the stove, sink, and refrigerator should be in efficient locations that are relevant to one another. If your kitchen is mainly going to be used for socializing and entertaining, paying attention to seating choice, counter space, and a layout for flow are going to be your top priorities. As you consider the function of your kitchen, all the other decisions will become easier to make.
Set a Budget
When planning for a kitchen remodel, ask yourself if it is something you can realistically afford. Be honest with yourself, and if you feel confident that you are financially in a good place, create an outline for a budget. You can create a rough draft at the beginning, but before any work is done, finalize your budget and stick to it. If you’re working with a small budget, prioritize your needs, make the most important changes first. If you’re working with a larger budget, getting the essentials out of the way first will make it easier to see where you have wiggle room for some of the more decadent purchases. Ask yourself what you want to splurge on, like a hip light fixture or an extra sink in the kitchen island.
It’s also a good idea to take a look at market trends to determine if a low-, medium-, or high-end kitchen remodel makes the most sense for your home. Costs can range from $2,000 for a paint and hardware upgrade, to $50,000 and more for new appliances. Knowing your neighborhood will help keep you from overspending, as you may not get your investment back when you decide to sell the home.
Always, Always, Always Prioritize Storage
No matter the layout or size of your kitchen, it is essential to have proper storage to maximize the functionality of the space. If you have a small kitchen with minimal counter space, storage will be your best friend. Being able to tuck items like toasters and blenders away will free up work space and keep the counter surfaces from looking cluttered. Whether you are using open shelving or custom cabinetry, having a place for everything allows you to keep things clean and organized and reduces stress and frustration.
Think About Lighting
Don’t underestimate the benefits of having good lighting in one of the busiest rooms in your home. Use a mix of fixtures to layer light for different tasks and purposes. Recessed ceiling fixtures will provide ambient light where people stand and work; under-cabinet lighting provides direct task lighting over countertops, and highlights the backsplash and cabinetry (especially if they are the only lights that are on); and lastly, pendants/ceiling fixtures function to brighten work zones, like islands and sinks. If you can, increase the natural light as much as possible. Sunlight has amazing health benefits, but also opens up any room to make it appear larger and more welcoming.
Consider Fabricated Countertops for a Custom Approach
Upgrading your countertops can give your kitchen an entirely new feel, and really make it look like a brand new kitchen! Solid Stone countertops have been growing in popularity for plenty of good reasons, but mostly because they elevate the look of any kitchen, and provide an elegant feel that simply cannot be replicated. You won’t find a more durable and beautiful material to enhance your kitchen.
We work closely with our customers to create countertops that match your style and fit your needs. We pride ourselves on excellent service and are constantly working exceed customer expectations. View our inventory of Solid Stone materials and contact us to learn more about countertop fabrication and installation. We look forward to working with you!