Important Things to Consider Before Starting a Kitchen Remodel

July 6, 2020

Thinking about a kitchen remodel? It’s one of the best ways you can increase the resale value of your home, plus get decades of enjoyment out of your beautiful new space. Before you rush to add multiple ovens, high-tech refrigerators and marble countertops, however, you need to ask yourself some questions to help you decide how you want to convert your space.

As with any remodel, choosing form over function can be an expensive folly. When designing a new kitchen, it is important to know your way around it. Where will you place your large appliances? How big is your island? Do you entertain a lot? Is there more than one cook in your household? The answers will all be important factors in designing your kitchen.

Here’s how to decide which remodeling choices will be the best for you. Once you have this “roadmap” to your remodel, your professional kitchen remodeling contractors in Phoenix, AZ will be able to help you further refine your vision:

How long do I plan to stay in my home?

Obviously, if you’re planning to move within the next five years, you will plan a very different kind of remodel than if you’re planning to live in your home for the rest of your life. Quick aesthetic upgrades—like refinishing cabinetry, replacing outdated appliances and choosing new countertops—can be great for increasing the resale value of your house, but your budget will likely be much smaller than if you plan to spend decades in the space.

What kind of cooking do I usually do?

How serious of a cook are you? If you are mostly a convenience food kind of person, there’s no need for fancy bells and whistles like multiple ovens and stove spigots. However, you might want to add features like wine chillers, a breakfast bar and other options that don’t require cooking prowess.

Will the kitchen be used for any other purposes?

If you entertain a lot, your kitchen might become the de facto gathering place for you and your guests, or you could choose to install a breakfast bar on your kitchen island. Think about all the ways you and your family use the kitchen, and use that as a guide.

What do I need most from my kitchen?

Finally, it’s important to really consider how you move around in your kitchen. If you cook, the layout needs to be convenient enough that you’re not wasting extra time running from station to station, but spacious enough to accommodate multiple people. Think about the features you use most—and which you would use if you had them—and have your remodeling contractor help you design the layout. You should also consider practical storage options and countertops. For example, open shelving is beautiful, but it doesn’t protect your dishes from dust and impact, and marble countertops are stunning, but hard to maintain.

Getting ready to remodel your kitchen? Have the team at Renovations by Design complete your professional kitchen remodeling in Phoenix, AZ. Get in touch with us to schedule a consultation.

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