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Do you feel overwhelmed with decisions for your kitchen renovation? Are you afraid to even make decisions because you don’t know where to start? In this guide, we provide step-by-step instructions for kitchen remodeling to help you through the process.
Set a Budget and Find a Kitchen Remodeling Company
Before you can make design decisions, you need to know what your budget is. How much can you afford to spend on kitchen remodeling? Allot at least 10% of your available funds for contingencies. Something unexpected is bound to happen, and you need a cushion to cover that. If you have $20,000 to spend, you have a budget of $18,000 with a $2,000 contingency fund.
With your budget in hand, you can find a kitchen remodeling company to guide you through the process. The talented team at O’Hanlon Kitchens will guide you every step of the way, from the initial consultation to the finishing touches. Select a high-rated remodeling company with years of experience, and you’ll feel much more confident about your decisions.
Address the Functional Elements of the Kitchen
One of the starting steps for kitchen remodeling is to find solutions for functional issues in the kitchen. Do you need a better kitchen layout? How about better storage solutions? If the kitchen functions well, you may only need to update the features. If not, you need to fix the functional issues before moving on with the design process.
Pinpoint Important Measurements to Work around
Some components of the kitchen aren’t going to change. Your kitchen remodeling plan will need to work around them. This includes:
- Appliance dimensions
- Existing plumbing and electrical (unless you plan to move it)
- Built-in features you plan to keep
Your kitchen designer will take note of all of this when they design your new kitchen. If you want to change these features, you can. Those changes will just have to come out of your budget.
Find a Practical Kitchen Layout with a Good Flow
A good kitchen layout can make the entire kitchen feel better. You may have addressed this during the functional issues step, but if not, now is the time. You might not have to change much to get a better layout. Perhaps the fridge needs to move over a few inches or the stove needs to go on a different wall. We can go over your kitchen layout options during the design process.
Choose Cohesive Design Features That Reflect Your Style and Your Home
After all of those decisions are made, you can focus on the fun part. Look at cabinet finishes, countertops, backsplashes, flooring, and other features that flow well with the rest of your home. You can put your own style on the kitchen, but make sure it ties into the style of the home. If the rest of the house is traditional, a sleek modern kitchen may look out of place. If your home has a mid-century modern look, a farmhouse kitchen may also look out of place. We can help you find the right balance.