A kitchen renovation is one of the most expensive remodeling projects you can take on, but it is also the most rewarding one. Not only do you get a more beautiful space to cook and share food with your loved ones, but you will get a massive return on investment if you decide to sell one day. However, like many other remodeling tasks, this one doesn’t come without its challenges. There are plenty of decisions that need to be made, and one mistake can make you regret you’ve started the thing in the first place. To avoid that unfortunate outcome, here are five considerations for your kitchen renovation.
Do you need a major or minor remodeling?
According to this year’s Cost vs. Value Report, a minor kitchen renovation yields more than 80% of the initial investment, while a major project brings you back more than 50% of the invested money. Of course, ROI isn’t the only thing dictating the scale of the remodeling. The current condition of your kitchen is your primary concern in this case. Are the cabinets dated? Can they be fixed with a fresh coat of paint? When was the last time you’ve painted the walls? Are your appliances and lighting energy-efficient? Is the floor damaged beyond repair? You will know what to do after you answer these questions.
How to improve the functionality?
The functionality of the kitchen depends on how you intend to use it. Do you like entertaining guests while cooking, or do you prefer to do this in solitude and peace? The first case calls for an open plan, while the latter demands a separate room. The vital component of a functional kitchen is the layout. In most cases, it should follow the rule of the work triangle, that keeps the three primary areas (refrigerator, stove, and sink) close, but not too close.
How to make it safe and beautiful?
We spend a lot of time in our kitchens, and it is critical to make them both safe and beautiful. This is the most important factor when it comes to flooring and backsplash. Kitchen floors endure a lot of spills, stains and traffic. If you can’t afford new ones right now, a simple touch such as professional tile sealing can strengthen the material and protect it against dirt and spills. A fresh grout on the backsplash can make it look brand new. Some other convenient flooring options are hardwood and bamboo.
Look at the trends (with caution)
A kitchen remodel isn’t something you do often unless you want a one-way ticket to bankruptcy. That’s why you need to refrain from going for all the hottest trends of the year. Making your kitchen up-to-date is desirable, but analyze the novelties you like and try to stick with those that will remain timeless. Stainless steel, for instance, is always a plus. One of the trends that will never be a fad is investing in energy-efficient appliances and lighting.
Finding a good contractor
You can plan everything to perfection, but if you hire the wrong contractor, all of your plans will fail or be carried out poorly. The best path to a good professional is a recommendation from a friend or family member. If this is not an option, do your research online. Read the reviews thoroughly and when you find the “guy for the job” make sure the communication is healthy.
All of these considerations will further impact your budget, and your budget will impact them too. That is why you need to think through every move and choice. But don’t worry, kitchen renovations may be exhausting, nerve-wrecking, and money-sucking, but once everything is done, you’ll look at your new kitchen and see that it was all worth it.