8 Steps for Kitchen Remodel
If you are renovating your kitchen for the first time, chances of you making mistakes are high due to lack of experience and other variables. Follow below guide to avoid common kitchen design and remodel mistakes.
1. Workflow Planning
Keep in mind of your workflow during your planning stage, your flow should form a complete loop. Take into account of the highest traffic areas; the sink, refrigerator and stove. Make sure they are in a well-organized location and close to one another.
2. Get it Right and Future Proof
You would hope your kitchen to last for years as long as you are staying in your home. If it was built right in the first place, your kitchen will continue to serve you and add value to your home. Therefore, consider your family and lifestyle to plan your kitchen accordingly to get the most out of it; does your family cooks? Does your kitchen require to keep many kitchen appliances? How many wall sockets do you think is enough? Do you require a lot of storage space? Consider all these factors during your planning stage.
3. Plan Your Budget
Plan what are the necessities and features of your kitchen are the most important, and allocate your finances accordingly. Keep in mind that kitchen remodel takes most of your budget; it is advisable to allocate 30% of your overall budget.
4. Going DIY (Do It Yourself)
If you plan to go the DIY route, make sure you have consulted a kitchen design specialist before starting your project. A home kitchen specialist will able to offer you advice and tips, fine tuning of your plan or even better to offer further ideas you have never considered.
5. Kitchen Counter Top is a Must!
Kitchen counter top is considered one of the most important elements of your kitchen, so take time to choose the one that you like. You may further extend your counter top by means of decorative items or storage supports.
6. Consider the Big Picture
During your kitchen remodel planning stage, remember to consider these elements; wall with or without tiles and colour, flooring, cabinets, lighting and wall socket.
7. Consider the Small Picture
Don’t forget to include add-ons and storage features such as drawer dividers and roll out pantry. These are small features that would greatly increase your kitchen efficiency.
8. Choose Appliances First
Choosing appliances first would made it easier for you to choose cabinets and countertops to suit appliances like refrigerator, build in oven, stove and others, rather than the other way around.