Deciding to remodel your kitchen is one of the best investments you can make. The kitchen is where people spend most of their waking hours while at home. It is where they cook, eat, and gather with the family to share ideas about the latest trends and fashions.
It is not surprising that the kitchen would be on the top of the list of home improvement projects. Having an up to date, modern kitchen, allows people not only to function better, but helps them feel that they are indeed living in modern society.
Kitchen remodeling can be a very messy and disorderly home improvement project. And the length of disarray can take as long as a month or more, even when well planned out.
To reduce the upset of a kitchen renovation project, planning is absolutely crucial. The first item to consider is whether you will do it yourself, or hire a general contractor. Regardless of your choice, a homeowner needs to decide on remodeling ideas to ensure the kitchen design and costs will meet their target goals and budget. If a general contractor is hired, these sketches will be helpful in communicating your kitchen remodeling plans and ideas.
During the planning phase, the homeowner should identify the main intent of the future kitchen. They should research the latest products on the market including: cabinets, countertops, appliances, and flooring.
If the kitchen is more than 5 years old, there are a lot of new products to choose. For example, Silestone is quickly surpassing Granite and Corian, as the premier countertop surface. It is extremely hard, elegant in appearance, and comes in many colors. The trend appears to be lighter colors for cabinets, as they help the appearance of lightening and enlarging a room. In regards to appliances, the Stainless Steel look appears to be in. Vinyl or wood is the trend for flooring. Tile looks nice, however, it can be unforgiving in a room where things tend to get dropped. In addition, if there is no radiant heating planned for the floor, tile has the tendency to feel cold on the feet.
Consider any structural changes to the existing kitchen area. Is a new kitchen island desired, or will walls or doorways be moved or installed?
When developing your kitchen remodeling plan, use the kitchen triangle method when designing the layout. The three points of the triangle include the Sink, Refrigerator, and Stove. Make sure your sketches consider this, as it will ensure a good functional kitchen. Also, consider adequate walking areas and space for eating, such as a table or center island, with space included for chairs. I would suggest that the walking areas be wide enough for two people to walk through at the same time.
The sketches should also include dimensions; you will need these when meeting with the general contractor or kitchen designer. Finally, consider where the existing outlets and power for the stove are located. Assess if you will need additional outlets or old outlets relocated.
For easy ideas, head over to your local kitchen and bath gallery stores to get a feel for different styles and designs of your area and how they could work in your space.