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In many ways, the kitchen is the heart of your home. And, like a heart, working on it is a delicate operation. Undertaking a kitchen remodeling requires a seamless blending of form and function. It has to work as great as it looks.
That means it’s important to be well prepared when you start a kitchen remodel. Here are three things you’re going to want to consider before you get started:
Your budget needs to be the very first thing you consider when planning a kitchen remodel. It doesn’t matter if you want marble countertops and the latest and greatest stovetop — if you can’t afford it, it’s not going to happen.
There’s an almost unlimited combination of kitchen setups, tailored for any budget. As a first step, you need to set a hard final number — one you plan to stick to. Then you can begin creating a list where you prioritize certain pieces. Willing to spend a little more for your dream faucet? Great — it gets higher priority than the fridge you don’t care as much about.
The important thing is creating a realistic budget and sticking to it. Planning this out in advance of the work will save lots of headaches down the road.
Once you’ve established exactly how much money you’re comfortable with spending, the next step is deciding on how your kitchen is going to look. That means sorting out appliances, fixtures, cabinetry and the general lay out.
Do you want your kitchen to look rustic, or high-tech? Perhaps a seamless blending of the two? This is the stage to decide. From backsplashes to countertops, it’s important to outline the theme of your kitchen early, so that it can have a cohesive look in the end.
One of the factors that make kitchens such unique rooms in your home is their utility. Living and dining rooms are fairly basic in set-up and use, because their function is defined and simple. With kitchens, you need to plan a room that meets your unique and diverse needs.
If you’re a passionate cook, you’re going to want to make sure there’s ample counter space for your culinary concoctions. If you like entertaining in the kitchen, a seating area for visitors is a good idea. There’s so much variety in what a kitchen can accomplish.
Before you begin, take a walk around your space and get comfortable with it. Consider all the priorities you have for a kitchen, and apply them accordingly. You don’t have to create a kitchen that works for everyone — it only has to work for you.
A great kitchen is an essential part of a great home. It has always been a hub for bringing together food, family and friends. That’s why it’s so important to plan ahead when undertaking a remodel.
With an established budget, a cohesive design and a well-considered space plan, you will have a room that works and looks perfect.
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