Do Your Research.
Before you meet with a contractor or an architect, try to create your own Pinterest or Houzz accounts to gather images of your dream kitchen. When looking for these images, consider your ideal layout, appliances functionality, finishes and color palette. Even go as far as to prioritize each image as “must have,” “would be nice,” or “one day.”
Do Consider the Purpose of the Space.
Is your kitchen where your family gathers the most? Do you host elaborate dinner parties in which you need space to prepare for your guests? Are you a master chef who needs high quality appliances? These kinds of details will help your architect to better determine a layout that works best for you to maximize the functionality of your kitchen.
It is also important to keep in mind the amount of activity that takes place in your kitchen. An active family of four usually brings a lot more wear and tear than that of empty nesters, so install flooring and finishes that can endure this level of activity.
Don’t Skip the Technical Homework.
When visualizing your new layout, it is important to consider where the best location is for your sink, electrical outlets and if you are expanding out, where you need your windows or a sliding door. The layout of the kitchen will depend on the functionality of these features.
Do Maximize Space.
Every square inch of your kitchen should be taken advantage of. You don’t want any wasted or unused space. You aren’t expanding out, you can still gain space during renovation by extending the cabinets up to the ceiling, or even by turning an awkward corner space into a food prep corner.
Don’t Rush Through the Planning and Design Phase.
Naturally, you will want to move quickly to the construction phases, but it is better to take time to visualize the layout, functionality and design of your kitchen first. Every change during the renovating process will cost money and time, so do these steps daily before beginning a new upgrade in your kitchen. Also, actually picture yourself going through your daily routine in your new kitchen to make sure the layout and design will be completely functional.
Don’t Price Yourself Out of the Neighborhood.
You may not plan on living in this house forever, so avoid adding so many upgrades that your price it out of the neighborhood when it comes to sell your home.
Do Budget to Exceed.
To avoid not being able to afford unforeseen costs you may likely incur during the renovation process, budget at least 10 percent more in additional expenses.
Don’t Overlook the Business Details.
Before you sign any contracts with a contractor, always get all the details of the renovation in writing up front. Don’t make the final payment until all renovations are finished.
Do Keep Your Receipts.
It will be important to file all receipts associated with your renovation in a safe place so you will be able to submit them later when filing taxes, or to reference if you decide to sell your home.
These are just a few do’s and don’ts to consider when renovating your kitchen. Always do your research ahead of time to avoid any unnecessary time and monetary investments, and to increase the value of your home.