Kitchen remodeling: What you need to know before a kitchen makeover

Kitchen remodeling takes more than just replacing your boring old backsplash with an updated one.

There are many, many options out there for every aspect of your kitchen remodel. It is incredibly hard to decide on what to do for your kitchen décor with so many choices available.

We have provided you with a list of kitchen remodeling tricks and tips to help make your kitchen look the very best. A kitchen remodel is more than just an update to the style.

It is a complicated update to the way one of the most important rooms in your home functions. There’s a lot that can go wrong- -and a lot you can make sure goes right!

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When it comes down to a successful kitchen remodel, planning is almost (but not quite) everything. You should actually end up spending more time planning your kitchen remodel than doing any actual construction.

This will save you time, money, and hard work later on. It will do a lot to reduce the mayhem of construction and make it much more likely for you to stay on budget.

The National Kitchen and Bath Association recommends that you should take at least six months for your kitchen remodel planning.

This will help make sure that you’re not tempted to change your mind during construction and create change orders, which will cause your construction costs to go up and the time the kitchen remodel takes to last longer.

More Planning Tips for Kitchen Remodeling

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Take the time to study your existing kitchen. Take measurements of everything. How wide is the doorway to your kitchen? This one is particularly important. Many homeowners make the common mistake of buying an extra-large fridge only to find out that they can’t even fit it into the doorway.

In order to help avoid this kind of costly mistake, make a drawing of your kitchen with the measurements for your doorways, walkways, counters, and everything else listed. Don’t forget to measure height, too, which is just as important.

Give consideration to traffic patterns. Your work aisles should be a minimum of 42 inches wide. If your household often has multiple cooks working at the same time, it should be at least 48 inches wide.

Make sure to design your kitchen with ergonomics foremost in your mind.  Place drawers and pull-out shelves at the top of base cabinets. Have counter heights that can adjust up and down.

Place a wall oven in the kitchen rather than a range. There are the sorts of features that make your kitchen more accessible to everyone and a pleasant place to work in.

Make plans for the unforeseen. You can plan every last detail of your kitchen remodel all the way down the number of nails you will need, but unexpected things will still happen.

Be ready to expect the unexpected. Make sure you include a bit of leeway for your kitchen remodeling in your plan. If you want it done by Thanksgiving, go ahead and plan to be done before Halloween.

Take the time to choose all your fixtures and materials before you start doing the actual kitchen remodel construction. This will allow your contractors to make more accurate bids. It will also reduce the risk of delays occurring due to back orders.

Go get help from a kitchen designer if you need to. Don’t be afraid to seek out this kind of help. These professional kitchen designers can help simplify the kitchen remodeling process.

A good kitchen designer will help you make style decisions, foresee many potential problems, and schedule contractors. Fess tend to run around $50 to $150 an hour, which should come out to between 5% and 15% of the total cost of your kitchen remodel project.

Keep the Same Footprint for Your Remodeled Kitchen

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If you decide to change the footprint of your kitchen, you will see your costs begin to skyrocket. Nothing drives up your kitchen remodeling costs faster than changing the location of electrical outlets, plumbing pipes, and knocking down walls. This is also the area where unforeseen problems tend to occur.

If you can, keep appliances, water fixtures, and walls in the same places. This will save you on demolition and reconstruction costs. IT will also make a significant reduction of debris and dust generated by the project.

Be Realistic About Appliances

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It is all too easy to get carried away when you’re planning to remodel your kitchen. It’s easy to get caught up in eye-catching centerpieces, like a six burner commercial grade range or a luxury brand refrigerator. However, the thing is that these expensive and large appliances may not really be a good fit for your lifestyle or cooking needs.

More than anything else, appliances are tools. They are primarily about cooking and storing food. Your kitchen remodel should not be about your tools, but it should be about the functionality and design of your whole kitchen.

Unless you are an exceptional cook who cooks very often, use your money in s a smarter way than these big showy appliances. Concentrate your budget on long-term features that will add value to your kitchen and your homes, like flooring and cabinets.

The appliances you purchase should be made by trusted brands that have high marks from Consumer Reports and online user reviews. For most people, this is a more economical use of resources and will still result in some great appliances in their kitchen.

Do Not Overspend

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When you sit down to start planning your kitchen remodel, take a look at the market and decide if you want low, medium, or high end kitchen remodel. Decide on which one makes the most sense for you and your situation.

Costs can have quite a range, from $2,00 for a simple paint and hardware upgrade to $50,00 for the installation of expensive countertops and luxury appliances. One way to keep yourself from overspending is to know your neighborhood.

You are not terribly likely to get your investment back if you opt to install travertine in your tiny starter home. Underspending can be even worse. You will never see Formica used in a high end home and it is likely to become a barrier to selling the house on its own.

Avoid Giving Your Kitchen and Home an Identity Crisis

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Know what kind of home you have and what kitchen will work best in it. Do not attempt to remodel a 1950s ranch-style kitchen into a sleek contemporary cooking space. Every home, no matter how humble, has been built in a certain architectural style. The best thing to do is to work with it, not against it.

This will help you on many levels. You’ll avoid overspending money and be taking a lot of time doing a complete overhaul. You’ll also avoid ending up with a kitchen that looks like it belongs in some else’s house. Again, this is something careful planning will help you with.

Keep Track of Kitchen Remodeling Trends

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The world of kitchen improvement always has something new to offer. If you keep track of the latest tech trends and improvements for a kitchen, you might be able to find less expensive and more ecologically friendly versions of the newest looks.

Leave the Plumbing Where It Is

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Little during a kitchen remodel is as expensive as moving water and gas lines to accommodate the movement of ovens, sinks, stoves, or dishwashers. This is especially true of older homes. Try to keep anything connected to a pip where it is.

This will allow you to use your budget on other, more effective elements of your kitchen remodel. The key is to use money in the ways that are most effective. Often, replacing a sink or other large appliance will be a better way to update its look instead of moving it unless you absolutely have to.

Look Out for the Wrong Floor Plan

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If you do have a budget that allows you to rearrange your appliances and it is something you really feel you need to do, make sure you think carefully about your floor plan. Does it keep to the natural triangular traffic pattern of a kitchen that forms between the fridge, stove, and over?

Is the dishwasher next to your sink? If it’s not, you’re going to have a mess as you walk across the room with dripping dishes in your hands. It might seem like placing a dishwasher in the counter opposite the sink will save money, and it might, but it will also cause you to need to clean up drips on the floor for years afterward.

Do Not Trash Your Existing Cabinets

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If your current kitchen cabinets are made of quality wood and in good working order, you are a very lucky homeowner. The status of the existing cabinets is one of the first things professional kitchen designers. Cabinet frames are some of the most expensive components of a kitchen remodel.

It is very easy to give cabinets a simple facelift if they’re salvageable. There are three common ways to repurpose your existing quality cabinets and end up saving yourself thousands of dollars:  add new door and drawer fronts, re-laminating the fronts and sides, or repainting them.

If you decide to repaint your existing cabinets, spray paint them. Get all the cabinets cleaned and lightly sanded, then have your painter come in and spray them. This is not a project you should try to do yourself.

It really won’t look that great if you try to use a couple cans of spray paint from the hardware store. It will actually look really terrible. A professional spray job will make even the most battered ugly cabinets look like they just came from the factory. You simply won’t get the same look if you try to do it by yourself.

Remember the Kitchen Triangle

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Ideally, a kitchen is arranged so that there is smooth flow between the fridge, cooktop, and sink. This makes it easier to cook and helps make food preparation a smoother process. Try not put any impediments to the flow between the different points of this kitchen triangle.

It is one of the most important elements in making your newly remodeled kitchen a fully functional space. It is also important to keep traffic out of this area. You don’t want anyone getting underfoot when you’re pulling something out of the oven or off the stovetop.

Don’t Try to Scrimp on New Hardware

You can find a very large selection of great door hardware at any home remodeling superstore. Choose a selection of knobs and pulls that complement your home’s architectural style. Avoid cutting corners.

You don’t want your new kitchen to look cheap and hokey. Remove and replace any painted-over hinges with brand new shiny ones. This can be obnoxiously time consuming but it is actually quite inexpensive and will make a huge difference in the look of your remodeled kitchen.

Take Free Advice Where You Can Get It

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Large home improvement centers usually offer free computer-based design services to help you lay out your remodeled kitchen. They also have professionals available to help you. These people are at the leading edge of the most recent kitchen décor trends. Their services usually include one-on-one client assistance.

They can often do in-home consultations and may even offer complete project management services. Last but not least, they can help you with installation services for appliances and large pieces of hardware, which will make your life much easier.

Avoid Mismatching Appliances

If you buy new ranges, fridges, or dishwashers, stick with one brand. Appliance manufacturers have been creating nice looking and affordably priced lines that include a full matching sets of everything you need. They also usually make all of their appliances sets in a variety of colors nowadays, from black to white to more exotic colors.

All you need to do is a little research and some shopping around and you’ll find a set of affordable appliances that look very high-end. If they all match, you will get a great designer look at much less cost.

Remember to Budget for Sinks and Other Fixtures

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It’s smart to get the best possible faucet. This faucet should include a pull away spray attachment or a gooseneck with a detachable head. This will make washing dishes much easier. This is something worth spending money on.

The difference between a good one and a great one is typically only between $50 to $5. Try to stick to one consistent fixture finishes, as well, since mixed finishes often look like a patchwork job. Take the time to make sure they all match as closely as possible when you’re making your selection.

Include Wide Walkways

All paths through a kitchen should be at least 36 inches wide. Those paths within the cooking area should be 42 inches wide for a kitchen with one cook and 48 inches wide for a kitchen with two cooks. Adjust your kitchen peninsulas as you need.

Direct Traffic Wisely

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If you want a kid-friendly kitchen design, make sure to keep the cooktop away from traffic areas in order to prevent children from catching handles and causing spills as they pass through the area. You should also have the fridge accessible to both passerby and those working in the cooking and cleanup areas.

Find the Right Height for Your Microwave

How high should you place your microwave? This depends on how kid-friendly your kitchen is, as well as what the chef prefers. For adults, the microwave should be 15 inches above the countertop level. For kids, the microwave is best placed in a below-countertop setup. It will be both safer and more suitable.

Keep Clear of Corners

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In order to make cabinet and appliance doors entirely functional, make sure you plan space for the door’s clearance and swing direction when you’re planning out your kitchen remodel. Try to keep appliances away from corners. Prevent doors from banging into each other if they’re open at the same time.

Determine the Function of the Kitchen Islands

With kitchen islands, form follows function. If you are looking to cook and eat on kitchen islands, be sure to plan enough space so that the cooktop is kept safely apart from the dining area of the kitchen island.

Plan Some Landing Space

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Allow 15 inches of countertop on each side of the cooktop and fridge. Have some of this landing space near the microwave as well This will give people somewhere to put things down while they prepare food and make the space much safer as well as convenient.

Think About Countertop Space

People who cook more often will need more counter space, often between than the range and the sink. Those who cook less often or who prepare simple meals don’t; need as much counter space. If you’d like to make baking easier, especially if kids like to get involved, incorporate two countertop heights.

Double Up Your Appliances

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Placing a second microwave oven or a mini fridge or refrigerator drawer at the edge of kitchen’s work center is a nice way to keep guests and family in the kitchen but out of the way of where the coo is working. Bars with stools work well as after-school areas for kids and gathering areas for any guest you might have.

Arrange Your Range

Add a shelf behind or beside the range to keep your cooking oils, spices, and utensils near at hand. Use S hooks on the side of the range hood to hand items you use more frequently, including pots and pans. This is a great way to make your kitchen look like a homey place where work gets done, too.

Fill Up Pots in A More Useful Way

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Consider getting a swing out tap (also known as a pot filler) installed near the cooktop to fill up your pots close to where you heat them. This is a great way to stop having to lug heavy water-filled from the sink to the cooktop. You can also install an extra-long hose attachment on your main faucet that serves much of the same purpose.

Think Carefully About Storing Knives

Create a designated spot for your knives. This will make it much easier to spot the right knife for what you need and also keeps them out of children’s reach. A knife drawer is a great idea and comes with slots that hold knives in place as well as sheath the sharp blades.

Make It Easier to Recycle

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Place separate containers for glass, plastic, and metal in a cabinet. You can also sue a spare drawer to hold old newspapers. This will make it easier to recycle without having to find a spot for another trash can and will look much better, too.

Help Your Kids Out

Place kids’ dishes and snacks within easy reach. Cabinets are often the best location for this, though drawers can also hold kids’ utensils.

Add in a Message Center

Create a message center near the kitchen telephone. Include a bulletin board, a whiteboard, or chalkboard on the wall. Keep a calendar, notebook, and some writing utensil in a nearby drawer.

Make Charging Easier

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Install a number of outlets along the backsplash and on the kitchen island. This will allow anyone to have a place to charge their phone, tablet, or another device, as well as a place to plug in any appliances you might need. Consider installing some USB outlets, as well, for faster charging.

Get Some Pros Involved

Kitchen remodeling is a big deal. It’s going to take a lot of time and money. You really don’t want something to go wrong. Before you even visit a showroom, go talk with a professional.

Even if you don’t want to hire them, they can give you some vital advice for having your kitchen remodel be as smooth a process as possible. They can guide you through some important steps before you even start your planning process, as well as offer you some considerations that you haven’t thought of before.

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