Kitchen remodeling is quite popular among homeowners. In fact, many of them spend more money on kitchen renovation than any other home improvement projects. We can’t blame them, though. After all, the kitchen is the heart of the home and it needs to be highly functional and at the same time, neat and safe all throughout.
A kitchen remodel proves worthy of investment as a significant portion of your expenses can be recovered in the form of increased home value. For instance, Remodeling Magazine estimates that this 2019, you can recoup up to 62 percent of your investment in a mid-range major kitchen remodel. Meanwhile, an upscale major remodel will give you as much as 59 percent return on investment (ROI).
However, the only way you can guarantee that you’ll enjoy the benefits of kitchen remodeling is that you plan the project well. The planning stage can be both exciting and overwhelming at the same time. It can even prove stressful. Fortunately, there are ways to plan a kitchen remodel to make sure that your goals are realized. Full-service design-build contractor in Wayne, PA, Creative Nook, Inc., shares tips and ideas that will help you plan and push through with your kitchen renovation project with as little stress as possible.
Take Your Time Planning
You must be really excited to get started with the actual construction. However, a good planning process will actually take more time than the dirty work. This is because a well-planned project will take less time to finish, as there won’t be hours wasted in correcting mistakes. You’ll be able to stick to as close to the original budget as possible.
So, how much time does good planning usually take? According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, if you spend at least six months planning for the entire project, then you’re on the right path. During these six months, you will be able to get all of your ideas together, allowing you to add and omit elements. It’s better to change your mind during the planning stage than to do so during the construction phase. By the time the six months are up, everything is already laid out.
As a trusted kitchen renovation company in Wayne, PA, we recommend that you keep these planning tips in mind:
Carefully study your existing kitchen. Before you even start saving photo inspirations from Pinterest, take a good look at your kitchen first. Measure doorways, counters, walkways and floor-to-ceiling height. This will help you gather ideas that your kitchen area can actually accommodate. As your contractor, we can of course help you gather and put these necessary details into consideration.
Plan traffic patterns. For your new kitchen to be fully efficient and functional, the traffic flow should be well-planned, too. There should be at least 42 inches-wide aisles to ensure moving around with ease.
Put functionality and ergonomics over aesthetics. You can of course design for both functionality and aesthetics at the same time, but when you need to prioritize one over the other, choose the former. Make the most of your space by ensuring that storage and appliance positioning are carefully looked at.
Expect the unexpected. It’s cliche, but that’s an integral part of planning. Always allow for some leeway, from materials to budget. You can work out a contingency plan with your contractor. The Creative Nook team, for instance, have already experienced common kitchen remodeling hurdles and we know how to best get around those challenges.
Choose all materials, appliances and fixtures before commencing construction. Before the remodeling team demolishes your old kitchen, you need to make sure that everything that will be used in the project is already prepared and ordered or purchased.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. As much as you would want to be involved with the planning, you shouldn’t hold it against yourself that you’re not a professional. It’s natural that there are things you may not be fully aware or knowledgeable about. When you work with Creative Nook, we’ll make sure that you feel comfortable asking us questions and telling us about your concerns.
Maximize What You’ve Already Got
One of the most effective ways to plan your kitchen remodel and save on costs at the same time is to maximize and do more with what you’ve currently got. This means that you can choose not to change or replace everything. Our team at Creative Nook can evaluate your kitchen while considering your goals and recommend solutions that will allow us to save some elements of your kitchen. We can also repurpose materials and items that are still in great condition. Together, we can also come up with an organization scheme that will work best for your kitchen. Once we’ve identified those that can stay, we can proceed with planning for those that need to go and get renewed or replaced.
Maintain the Footprint
Changing the placement and layout of plumbing and electrical lines and outlets, as well as knocking down walls, mean extensive work. If, after thorough evaluation, we find that we can make the current footprint work to still meet your functional and design goals, we will recommend that you maintain it. We can keep the plumbing, electrical and walls where they are and just replace or upgrade the elements and materials around them.
However, if you have an old home and the plumbing and electrical layout already prove problematic, we can definitely handle the necessary changes and reconstruction.
Be Practical When Choosing Appliances
Appliances are kitchen essentials, there’s no doubt about that. It’ll be nice to upgrade your old appliances, especially when they do not help you save on utility and energy costs. You’ll find that many kitchen appliances today are packed with many features and it’s easy to be enticed by them. It’s important that you avoid getting carried away. Think about your usual cooking needs and style, and consider those when choosing appliances. There may be features that you won’t be able to take full advantage of.
When selecting appliances, don’t just think about how pretty or high-end they will make your kitchen look. Consider the needs of your lifestyle above all.
Communicate With Your Contractor
In any home improvement project, communication is one of the keys to success. At Creative Nook, we make sure that you feel confident and comfortable in telling us about your ideas and concerns. This way, we remain on the same page throughout the project. We encourage you to establish regular communication with our team from start to finish. We will also assign a project manager to be your point of contact. The project manager will also be the one to give you regular updates.
Set Up a Temporary Kitchen
Before starting the kitchen remodel project, you need to decide where you can set up a temporary kitchen. If you have an outdoor kitchen, this shouldn’t be a problem. Otherwise, we can help you set up one, so that you can still prepare your home-cooked meals as usual.
As an experienced and trusted home improvement company, Creative Nook is committed to making sure that your kitchen remodel or bathroom renovation in Wayne, PA goes smoothly. One of the ways we do this is through assisting you right from the planning stage.