3 Tips For Renovating Your Kitchen Successfully

7 November 2014
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Did you know that a major kitchen remodel could return as much as 80.4% of your original investment? Because houses with great-looking custom kitchens tend to sell for more than their stock-cabinet counterparts, upgrading your kitchen is a great move. However, to make the most of your cash, it is important to make the right decisions along the way. Here are three tips that might help you to renovate your kitchen successfully.

1: Focus on Workflow

Sometimes when people start thinking about their new kitchen, they focus on details like granite countertops and new faucets before they think about where everything should go. Unfortunately, although nice cabinets and stainless steel appliances can make your space look incredible, you might run into some of the same old issues if you don't focus on improving your kitchen's workflow.

Before you get carried away with the small stuff, think carefully about how you use your kitchen and ask yourself questions about the workspace. Where do you do most of your prep work? Are storage areas easily accessible? Are you able to see your kids while you make dinner? Do you find yourself running back and forth to pantry areas and cupboards?

As you ponder the flow of your kitchen, make a list of things that you would like to accomplish with your renovation. For example, you might decide that you need more counter space or realize that those overhead cabinets are in your way. Instead of simply replacing your existing components with new versions, work with a contractor to develop a kitchen floor plan with a workflow that solves your problems.

2: Think of How the Space Will Look in 10 Years

When you start looking at paint colors, cabinet styles, and granite patterns, you might be tempted to make choices based on your own personal preferences and forget about what other people think. Unfortunately, while you have every right to customize your space, that bright blue paint or neon tile backsplash might not be everyone's cup of tea.

If you ever decide to move, you might be left with a pool of uninterested buyers, or entertaining the idea of a remodeling credit for your nearly new space. To avoid running into these types of problems, think about how your renovated space will look in ten years. Before you go shopping, remember to think about these three things. 

  • Quality: Those cheap materials might look fine now, but how will they look down the road? Try to find high-quality cabinets, flooring, and tile that will stand the test of time so that your kitchen keeps its charm.
  • Design: When you make important design decisions, try to err on the side of neutrality. Avoid loud paint colors, strange tile patterns, or glittery granite. Remember that you can always boost the personality of the space by adding kitchen décor.
  • Trendy Details: Believe it or not, there are trends in kitchen renovations just like any other market. Try to avoid trendy details like appliance garages, garbage compactors, or pot fillers, which could look out of place or antiquated a few years later.

If you have a hard time spotting decisions that could spell trouble in the future, talk with your professional contractor and interior designer. They might be able to make suggestions that will help you to create a classically beautiful space. 

3: Take the Time To Prepare

After you have an idea of what you want, take the time to prepare for your construction project. Here are some things that you should take care of before anyone starts demolition.

  • Understand the Plan: Sit down with your design and construction team and talk about your overall construction plan. Ask about the remodeling process, and estimated timeline so that you can prepare for the rigors of renovation.
  • Create Material Storage Space: Clear out garages or unfinished basement areas so that contractors can store materials safely. It might seem easy to store everything on your front lawn for a while, but if a sudden rainstorm hits you might be looking at buying more drywall or crown molding.
  • Protect Your Home: To keep construction debris in one place, take the time to put up protective barriers between your kitchen and the rest of your house. Protect your floors with adhesive plastic sheeting so that they aren't damaged by dropped nails or paint splatters.

Making smart home remodeling decisions will help you to improve functionality, reduce unplanned expenses, and create a beautiful space that your family will love for many years to come.