KITCHEN & BATH
So. You think the time has come to remodel your kitchen. Whoa, there! Before you start looking at swatches and searching for contractors, you might want to answer a few questions.
Otherwise, this remodeling project could go awry quickly. Use these eight questions to guide you in where you want to go with regard to the essential - cost, design, and construction.
How many people will make use of your kitchen?
If it's just you and your partner, your kitchen will look very different than if you have a family of six. If you have children, perhaps you want a more easily adult accessible appliances and cabinets. Whereas, empty nesters might desire a kitchen island that contains a cooktop and sink.
What are your kitchen ‘Must-Haves’?
One of the first steps in remodeling your kitchen is making a list of your "must-haves," whether that's a chef-grade stove or an industrial dishwasher. Next, make a list of what we call your "nice-to-haves," which you will love to add if your remodeling budget permits.
Do you plan to entertain on a regular basis?
Do you consider yourself the Martha Stewart type? Or do you just want to have your best friends over for some tacos and margaritas once in a while? If you plan on entertaining regularly, you'll want to consider getting wall ovens and perhaps allowing more room for appliances. A layout that accommodates certain features while preventing an uncluttered kitchen is just what you need.
How will you use extra space?
Once your kitchen becomes more purposely organized, you find you end up with a lot more space. For example, you can access tough corners in your kitchen drawers with rotating carousels and interiors that pull out. Even some simple drawer organizers will make things a lot easier for your household.
How will you invest in cabinetry?
Always choose quality cabinetry. Cabinets contribute to a significant part of your kitchen's aesthetic, so you want to put a sizable part of your remodeling budget towards not only the look but the function of your kitchen cabinets as well.
Do you want to take care of a super trendy kitchen?
Right now the hot trend in kitchen design is open shelving. Open shelves are a great look if that's exactly what you want for your kitchen. Open shelves do attract a lot of dust, so ask yourself if you're ready for a little extra maintenance work.
What do you want to throw away?
As you clean out your kitchen cabinets, take inventory of what you have. See what you want to keep, what you can donate or what needs to be thrown away.
Do you get a good vibe from your contractor?
This question is of vital importance. First things first, never hesitate to ask for a contractor's references. You are not being rude or paranoid. You're practicing common sense. If you meet with a contractor but feel something just isn’t right, trust your instinct and go with another candidate. Don’t let someone you aren’t comfortable with, work on your kitchen, your home is too important.
Are you starting a kitchen remodel? I'd love to hear about your project below!