5 Things To Keep In Mind When Remodeling Your kitchen

Any sort of home renovation is a big thing - emotionally and financially - so you want to make sure the finished version is exactly as you envisioned it. Kitchen remodeling is no mean feat either, as, let’s face it, the kitchen is often the heart of the home, the one room where the family gathers most of the time. It has to be both practical and warm and homely. So, if you’re looking to remodel your kitchen, here’s a list of things to keep in mind before you start.




Cost

There is no limit to how much you can spend on a kitchen remodel. From appliances to tiles to kitchen cabinets, there’s a vast range of choices available, from cheap to affordable to really expensive (think marble countertops). So make sure you have a budget in mind, so you can plan and purchase accordingly, and don’t end up with an empty wallet.

Be Practical

Browsing through kitchen catalogues or walking around a kitchen-specialist store can make you want everything - that fancy island, those in-built fixtures, the glossy cabinets. But apart from keeping cost and budget in mind, be practical. That island might look amazing in the catalogue, but if you don’t have the space for it, would it even be practical to install one in your kitchen?

Likewise, make sure the cabinets you order fit into the design of your kitchen. For instance, don’t order rounded cabinets if you have clear cut corners in your kitchen (or vice-versa).

Think of what you really need, and if there’s something additional that you want, make sure it will fit in well within the space and design you have.

Pay Attention To Electricals

Often, we pay so much attention to the overall look and decor of the new kitchen, that we tend to forget the importance of the electricals. Make sure all the electricals and appliances are of a good quality and from a reputed company, and that they are fitted in according to the manufacturer’s instructions. The electricals are the skeleton of your kitchen; if they short-circuit or are faulty, they could cause a fire and your entire remodel would be down to nothing.

Focus On The Flooring Too

We tend to pay the least attention to the floor of a room, but if you think about it, it is actually the largest space! So make sure you choose flooring or tiling that you like, and that will add character to your kitchen.

Also, when it comes to kitchen floors, practicality is key. Remember, a kitchen gets dirty and sticky (especially if you have small kids), so make sure your floor is easy to clean.

Think Of Landing Space

Make sure you account for adequate landing space on your countertops. Don’t get too caught up in design and look, that you forget practicality. Make sure you have enough countertop space near your cooktop, microwave and refrigerator, and if you have the space for additional countertop space, keep some space free - you will always need it!

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