You’ve been scrolling through pinterest for hours, flipping through every issue of “House and Home” magazine, and staring unimpressed at your kitchen over the rim of your coffee for weeks… It’s time to switch things up! But before you grab that sledge hammer (which you should never use in a kitchen anyway) consider a few things that could make or break your kitchen renovation.
What is your goal for the redesign?
Ae you trying to increase the value of your home for resale? Trying to make it more modern? More cozy? More functional? Set an overarching goal and make sure that all of the decisions you make are in line to achieve that.
Make a dream board
Even though you have a pinterest board called “my dream house” it is still a good idea to print out your favourite layouts, finishes, and accessories to make sure that they all work in unison. The boards all have separate images that may look amazing, but when you bring it all together it could be different than you had hoped. Include samples on your dream board of backsplashes, countertops, and paint chips before you make any big purchases.
Design around your appliances
You will save a lot of money if you can find a way to redesign your kitchen without moving your appliances. Rewiring can be a big job, especially if you have to contract someone, and can dig into your design budget. It may also result in needing to hire an interior designer to rework the layout completely, especially if you need to move walls or support beams.
That said, a remodel such as this can do wonders for your home and make it feel like a brand new place – something we all need sometimes. Who to Call has a large directory of contractors and interior designers to help you make this rewarding decision and transition.
Where will you eat in the meantime?
Kitchen renovations can quickly go over schedule. Do you have a plan for meal times that can work around a construction zone? Depending on the scope of your project it may be a good idea to invest in a hot plate and food that can be made without a kitchen altogether. Plan out your schedule, create a timeline, and then double it just to make sure you are ready and prepared for any hold ups that may happen.
Add value to your home
A renovated kitchen will almost certainly add value to your home (when done right) so make decisions that cater to this. This is the room that has is biggest selling feature for a home so cutting corners should always be avoided. A few extra dollars and finishing touches here and there will pay off huge in the long run. If you are close to selling consult a realtor to see the worth of an updated kitchen in the market and make design choices that are more widely accepted than your personal style may be.
It’s the little things
It’s the details that add flare and style, and they are what make your kitchen unique and yours. It can be as simple as a blown glass art figure as a feature element, or a pop of colour in a matching kettle, knife set, and toaster. But these are more design elements. The real value comes when you put in that little bit more effort in the construction phase and make decisions on the little things (such as rounded or sharp corners, pull handles or knobs) to add that touch of sophistication and craftsmanship.
Cabinet height matters
Keep in mind that the size of your cabinets is the size of your storage space. Not having enough room to store your cooking and baking utensils will lead to clutter and disorganization. Some people make the mistake of overfilling the few cabinets they do have which results in things falling out when you open them. Other people go for the trendy ‘floating shelves’ look and quickly find out that they are simply not practical for much other than a show home. Keep functionality in mind or you may not have room for your new Williams Sonoma pot.
So how tall should they be? If you have 8 food ceilings you should run your cabinets right to the top. If your ceilings are higher, however, leave a bit of a gap, minimum 15 inches, from the ceiling so that each shelf is functional and it creates a spacious minimalistic look.
Need help? Call up one of the great companies on the Who To Call Cabinet Makers list and make sure your kitchen is to code and quality.
Paint or stain
Stained cabinets can go out of style quickly. Different years come with different popular shades of ‘wood’, and the next year they are instantly dated. The same can be said for paint, however there seems to be more acceptance for neutral painted cabinets than there are for natural looks. If resale is not in your immediate future then get funky and let your personal style shine though. Remember, though, that it is a relatively large job to repaint and stain cabinets so pick something you will like for many years to come.
The countertop makes all the difference
Granite is not the only countertop option. I know when you think ‘high end countertop’ “granite” is the only thing that comes to mind, but there are many other options that are far less expensive or far more to your personal style. Concrete is one that is becoming popular and a wood finish can make a modern kitchen warm and inviting. Aluminum laminate can do the opposite and make the kitchen instantly more modern. With all of the laminate, stone, and other natural products out there the possibilities are nearly endless. Just make sure you pick out a backsplash to match.
Lighting, lighting, lighting
Light fixtures are an automatic upgrade to a kitchen and dining area. And while the look is important, the light that comes from it is what really needs to be emphasized. A kitchen is used in so many ways that a dimmer switch is almost a must. Parties tend to result in a gathering of people around the island’s wine and cheese plate under warm low light, where a thanksgiving dinner with numerous recipes would need brighter lights. The most beautiful kitchen in the world can easily fall short if your lighting is not on point.