Deciding to redesign or 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. It is also where they talk and share ideas about the latest trends and fashions. Consequently, 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 with new cabinets and appliances, but also enables them to feel that they are indeed living in modern society.
Kitchen remodelling however can be a very untidy and disruptive home improvement project. And the length of the disruption can take as long as a month or more, even when well planned out.
To mitigate the disruption of a kitchen renovation project, planning is absolutely essential. The first item to consider is whether you will do it yourself, or hire a general contractor. Regardless of what route, a homeowner needs to first sketch out some kitchen redesign ideas to ensure the design and costs will meet their targeted functional requirements and budget. If a general contractor or interior designer is to be hired these initial sketches will be helpful in communicating your kitchen revamp plans and ideas. They will likely be able to guide better on the potential costs.
During the planning phase, the homeowner should identify the main objectives of the future kitchen. They should research the latest products on the market including: cabinets, countertops, appliances, and flooring. This is where a talented and experienced interior designer comes in useful. If the kitchen is more than 5 years old, there are a lot of new products to choose from. For example, Quartz based is quickly surpassing Granite and Solid Surface (e.g. homogeneous) , as the premier countertop surface as it is extremely hard, elegant in appearance, and comes in many colours. For cabinets, the trend appears to be towards lighter colours as they help the appearance of lightening and enlarging a room. In regards to appliances, the Stainless Steel look appears to be in. And for flooring, vinyl or wood is the trend. Tile looks nice, however, it can be unforgiving in a room where things tend to get dropped.
It is also important to consider any structural changes to the existing kitchen area. Is a new kitchen island desired, or will walls or doorways need to be moved or installed?
When developing your kitchen overhaul plan, it is important to note that professional kitchen designers like to think of a triangle when starting a new kitchen design. The three points of the triangle include the Sink, Refrigerator, and Stove. Make sure your or your interior designer sketches consider this, as it will ensure a good functional kitchen. Also, consider adequate walking areas and space for an eating area, such as a table or center island, with applicable space included for chairs. A good idea would be ensure the walking areas be wide enough for two people to walk through at the same time.
The sketches should also include dimensions, as these will be needed when meeting with the general contractor or kitchen designer. Finally, consider where the existing outlets and power for the stove are, and assess if additional outlets will be needed or old outlets relocated.
For ideas, you can visit kitchen showrooms or even upmarket property show flats. Furthermore, its best to decide on your budget initially and add a small percentage as a extra buffer in case of cost overruns. When done well, a modernised kitchen can help improve the overall value of your property.