A kitchen brings the entire family together! It can be rightly called the heart of the home, and it deserves to look and maintained with great care.
Kitchen remodeling is a great way to replace your outdated installations with trendy ones. This can add a new charm in your kitchen space and make it more comfortable for you to cook and organize your groceries & appliances.
Now, the task of a kitchen makeover is no picnic. You need to make the kitchen look aesthetically pleasing while keeping it functional and accessible.
Renewing an old kitchen is a daunting task and demands continuous overseeing by skilled designers throughout the remodeling process. To simplify this, we have listed seven kitchen remodeling tips that are practical and easy to follow.
1. Decide on what you want to remodel and determine your project budget
Everything big starts with careful planning.
Having a detailed remodeling plan with a predetermined project budget is a perfect way to kickstart your kitchen makeover.
Be clear on the aspects of your existing kitchen that do not need any replacement. For example, if the proposed designs can accommodate existing cabinets, you can save the hefty installation expenses on the new ones. Such careful planning will save you from overspending and regrets later.
Tip – Homeowners keep aside around 5 to 15 % of the total home value on a kitchen remodel along with some safety net of 10% for contingencies.
2. Set up a temporary kitchen
The kitchen remodeling process takes time.
Unless you do not have a temporary facility where you can cook your daily meal, you will have to order food from restaurants and bear additional expenses.
Saving the old cabinets and countertops to build a makeshift kitchen is a budget-friendly way to continue your kitchen activities for the time being.
Do note that you don’t need to build a fancy and fully-functional setup, but only to fulfill the cooking requirements for the time being. We recommend going for a quick and budget-friendly setup to float your boat well.
3. Get the right size
No one likes cooking in compact spaces.
Before proceeding with the remodeling, ensure that the design of your kitchen is chosen after taking into account the height of the members at your home.
Manufacturers usually recommend a hood that is approximately 30 inches above a cooktop – which is ideal even for a six-foot-tall cook.
Also, make sure that people who will be using the kitchen the most are satisfied with the overall design. The expectations of the frequent kitchen users must always be preferred over the suggested aesthetics on the drawing board.
4. Have a sound floor remodeling plan
Are you having a budget to rearrange the appliances?
In that case, make sure that you keep a floor plan in mind!
It’s been said that the traditional floor designs like a triangular traffic pattern between the oven, refrigerator, and stove, or placing the dishwasher right next to the sink are getting outdated. The truth is – they should be designed the same way or you will keep dripping water on the floor after every hand wash.
Another aspect that shall be kept in mind during remodeling is the floor space that might appear after installing the new cabinets on the old flooring. When the new cabinets don’t fit the existing cabinet footprint, you’ll be left with big gaps. To prevent this, ensure that the total width of the new cabinets matches the overall width of the ones you’re replacing.
5. Buy countertops only once the cabinets are in
If you buy countertops before buying the base cabinets, you will always run the risk of having a countertop whose dimensions do not go with those of cabinets.
To avoid rework and save the unnecessary costs, make sure you first measure the installed base cabinets and then go for the countertops that match the dimensions. Here’s how experts at Citadel Enterprises suggest going about it –
- Place the carpenter’s square over the end cabinet.
- Once done, you will find that the corner is narrower than the rest of the wall. The reason being the layers of joint compound.
- Measure to the farthest point on the wall over the cabinets. It will help you avoid an ugly gap between the countertop and the wall once the countertops are installed.
You can always call our experts to avail a professional and hassle-free kitchen remodeling service Charleston!
6. Install under-cabinet storage racks
Under-cabinet storage racks give you a safe space to store your kitchen essentials.
By having a pull-down rack you can easily get rid of the spice racks or knife holders as they can help you store the same. These racks are easy to use and they can swing up against the underside of the cabinets once the cooking is done.
Wondering where to get them?
Well, you can simply buy one from a trusted supplier. If you want a custom-design, you can simply buy a pair of hinges and make a stylish wooden rack that fills up your idle counter space.
7. Island Style
A multi-utility kitchen island is an excellent thing to have in your kitchen. It can assist you in cooking, serving, prep, storage and even washing up utensils.
However, it is important that you pre-decide on the purpose of getting it installed as it will have an effect on the dimensions and the depth of the island. When gone wrong, an oversized and improperly located island can block the traffic and the workflow in the kitchen. So make sure to let the professionals do the job – they’ll ensure leaving enough space on all sides of the island and avoid possible hindrances that can block the cabinet openings.
Citadel Enterprises is a leading home improvement contractors in Charleston SC. Our design team and craftsmen can assist you through the entire process of remodeling. Whether you need stylish cabinets, countertops, fixtures, kitchen tiles or any other essential element, you can give us a call to make your dream kitchen a reality.
For more details, give us a call at 843-884-4303 or contact us here.