Your dream kitchen, don’t you have a vision triggered by the charming photos on the internet or TV. We start wondering about the possible changes or additions we would do if given the chance to do a kitchen remodel. Redesigning a kitchen involves a horde of things and requires considerable planning, time, and budget.
Before you start tearing out the kitchen cabinets or taking down the walls, considering these things that will save you a lot of trouble:
1. Coherence with The Architecture of The House
Before finalizing the new design, you need to think about the rest of the home’s design. Is your new kitchen design consistent with the rest of the house?
2. Purpose of Renovation
Before you start, know the purpose of your renovation, Is it to increase the comfort, the functionality, or is it to enhance its resale value? Do you want extra space in the kitchen? Maybe you just want to update its outdated look and don’t really need to change the layout. Most importantly, what are the limitations of your property, and how to navigate them? Asking these simple questions will help you to streamline your planning accordingly, thus saving you a lot of time and money.
3. How Often Do You Cook Or Host In The Kitchen?
Considering the cooking and hosting needs of your household will help you in shopping for the equipment and appliances. For example, If you host dinner parties quite frequently, then you should invest in a cooking range with at least 6 burners. But if you live alone and have a small family, in that case, a small stovetop is sufficient. If you run a bakery business or an avid baker, then a double oven and a stand mixer is a smart choice.
4. How Practical And Sustainable Are Your Choices?
We all get tempted by the open cabinetry with neatly stacked colorful bowls and pretty storage jars. Admittedly they look very aesthetic but they are only suitable for pictures. In real life, the utensils will collect a lot of dust, and you will be struggling to sustain that picture-perfect organization.
Instead of wooden flooring, which is prone to damage or porcelain tiles, which can break anything that falls on it, consider vinyl and laminate flooring. They are softer than porcelain, last longer than wood, and come in designs that duplicate a wooden floor.
5. How Efficient Is The Flow Of Air, Electricity, And Water?
Ventilation, plumbing, and electricity supply are just a few things that homeowners tend to ignore when they get started. They forget to take these into account, but these are the real deal-breakers. No one wants to cook in a beautiful kitchen that fills up with smoke or heats up as soon as you turn on the stove. Likewise, moving around appliances to the one poorly placed electricity outlet can be gruesome. Besides, the sink and dishwasher must have a proper system for the inflow and outflow of water. Since any leakage or blockage in pipes can result in the growth of mold or fungus.
Even if you are doing it yourself (DIY) or hiring an expert, answering these questions will result in a kitchen that is cooking heaven. Lastly, try to donate the old appliances, fixtures, and cabinets that are in usable condition to an organization working to build homes for the homeless. On top of adding value to your home, you add value to someone else’s life too, through this small gesture.