The fact of the matter is that the modern kitchen is often the hub of a home. As a result, it should come as no surprise that homeowners now spend more money remodeling their kitchens than they do on any other home improvement project. When a person completes a kitchen renovation, they can add serious value to their home – but only if the project is done correctly.
At Mission West Kitchen & Bath we have provided everything from lighting to hardware for thousands of clients and we have learned a few things along the way. Read on to learn the six things we wish every homeowner would consider before remodeling their kitchen. Then stop by our showroom at 905 Mission Street or give us a call at (626) 799-3503.
- You cannot plan too much
- Think about your kitchen footprint
- You need storage more than you need space
- Lighting is much more important than you think
- Low-quality is not a bargain
- Communicate with everyone working on the project
According to the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association, the right amount of time to plan for a kitchen remodeling project is six months. They say that the amount of time spent planning should exceed the amount of time taken to actually construct the kitchen. Make sure you are studying the current kitchen and noting everything works and everything that doesn’t work – no matter how small.
The goal is to spend as little as possible while getting the best return possible. One of the easiest ways to save money is to keep your kitchen’s layout the same, but one of the biggest impacts a remodel project can have is if it does change the layout. Carefully consider the pros and cons of both options.
There is no way around it: Extra storage is always worth it. There are simple ways to add more storage, such as adding cabinetry that goes to the ceiling and using new innovative cabinets that pull out to offer total use of your kitchen’s corners.
The bottom line is that quality lighting can make or break a kitchen remodel. You want your lighting to help make your kitchen safer and more efficient, and to highlight the beautiful changes you are making.
It’s easy to get so caught up in price that you associate anything with a low cost as being a good bargain. Of course, when you really think about it, it is easy to see that this is not the case. Consider warranty lengths, maintenance costs, and other long-term costs before deciding on a bargain.
Whether you are hiring the pros to remodel your kitchen or you’re doing it yourself, it is important that everyone working on the project is on the same page. We have seen so many problems resulting from poor communication that we must list this as one of the top six things to consider when remodeling your kitchen.