Any homeowner will tell you that designing their dream kitchen is high on their list of to-dos. So when the time finally comes to take down walls and install new cabinets, it can be easy to get swept up in the excitement of it all and make small, but costly, mistakes.
Because the last thing you ever want to hear in the middle of a remodel is “uh oh,” we’ve got some advice to help your plan go as smooth as possible.
1. Choose your appliances early one.
Especially if you’re a tech lover and you plan on getting larger-than-average or unique appliances, it’s important to choose your refrigerator, range, microwave, and any other appliances relatively early on. Ultimately, it’s easier to design cabinetry around your appliances rather than the other way around.
2. Design with functionality in mind.
Everyone wants a beautiful kitchen, but don’t let design overpower functionality. Not everyone’s kitchen needs are the same, so before you take a sledgehammer to your walls, ask yourself if the kitchen will need to work for little kids, if you need more storage space, or if you’re trying to entertain more.
Don’t forget to talk with your contractor about how you want the space to function in addition to how you want it designed.
3. Try to keep your original layout if possible.
Remember, changing things like plumbing and electrical will quickly increase your costs. If it doesn’t significantly increase your resale value or it isn’t in the budget, try to keep changes to the layout minimal.
4. Remember to consider how long you’ll stay in this home.
If you plan on staying in your home for the next 20+ years, feel free to customize your kitchen to your family’s exact needs. But if you plan on selling within the next few years, focus on updates that you’ll see a return on and that won’t need to be replaced often, such as appliances and cabinetry.