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Things to consider before planning your kitchen.

Kitchen Decor Feb 4,2019

We know that for many homeowners, the kitchen is the most important part the house. While is imperative that the look and design of your kitchen are attractive and welcoming, we also want our kitchens are to be clean and tidy.

Remodeling a kitchen is a big undertaking and one that requires careful planning. So if you’re planning to remodel your kitchen in the near future, we suggest you take the time to thoroughly plan and consider the following points to create a kitchen you truly adore.

1. How Much Will it Cost?

It may be no fun to think about, but the cost of remodeling a kitchen can be a major expense. Sure, you want your new kitchen to be beautiful and functional, but you also don’t want the project to be dizzingly expensive.

Ideas to Consider:
1. Study kitchen and remodeling magazines for budgeting hints.
2. Look into a home equity loan.
3. Explore financing options for cabinetry and appliances (such as, no interest for 6 months, etc.)
4. Look for ways to save money by doing parts of the work yourself.

2. Consider hiring a professional kitchen designer to help.

If something can go wrong in the designing and building of a new kitchen, they’ve experienced it. Take advantage of the wisdom they’ve gained over the years to avoid making mistakes. A professional kitchen designer can also help you to efficiently plan your layout, recognize what is possible or not in your new kitchen, find clever ways to maximize your budget, and even recommend trusted contractors and favorite brands—such as semi custom cabinet manufacturers.

3. Existing Layout

Most kitchen experts agree that one great way to save money on a kitchen remodeling project is to keep the kitchen’s current layout. That doesn’t mean that every new cabinet must be in the same location as the ones you remove.

This decision will greatly affect your budget. So, it’s wise to be clear beforehand whether you want to totally change the design of the kitchen or make just a few smaller changes to efficiently update workspaces in your kitchen. You’ll save money by leaving major systems such as plumbing, gas, electric, and heating intact.
Rearranging your layout could result in added expenses such as:
1. Additional water lines for sinks, dishwashers, icemakers, and refrigerators
2. Moving gas piping for a cooktop or oven
3. Re-routing heating and air conditioning duct work
4. Upgrading vents and ducts.
5. Bringing wiring up to current code for wall switches
6. Adding wiring for recessed ceiling lights, sconces, or under cabinet lights.

4. Appliance Size and Style

Another major factor many homeowners have trouble with when planning a new kitchen is deciding which appliances they want to install. Kitchen appliances come in a variety of sizes and styles, therefore choosing the right one can sometimes be tricky.

In such cases, it is best advised to get guidance from an expert. As he or she will be able to tell according to the usage of your kitchen what kind of appliances would be best suited for you and also what sizes you would require. These experts could also help in coordinating the design of the appliances along with the design of your kitchen. You could opt for a good dishwasher, microwave, cooktop, stove and various other appliances which should be changed at least once every 5 years.

5. Lighting

With the kitchen being the heart and soul of the house, leaving it dull is not an option. We should make sure that our kitchens are well lit and have an adequate amount of lighting. 

 

The kitchen should neither be too bright nor too dim. For optimal light in your kitchen, it is important that you analyze the size and structure of our kitchen thoroughly before making a decision on whether the lighting should be changed or not. 

Also, you should think of kind of lighting you want in your kitchen beforehand. Where the lighting should be put is also a major decision that must be considered. Do you want the lighting on the stove, in and under the cabinet? The list goes on and on.

6. Appliance Size and Style

Kitchen appliances are available in lots of sizes – from the diminutive to the gigantic. If you dream of a huge commercial range, for example, be aware that the weight of it may require additional construction to brace the floor underneath your new pet appliance.

Here are some other appliances where custom cabinets or special installations may be required.

1. Range Hood: All hoods come with installation specifications for a certain size vent duct. In an older home or for a large vent hood, you may be required to tear out part of the walls or ceiling to reroute or upgrade the size of ducts.

2.Warming Drawer: Before ordering cabinets, you’ll need to know the appliance specs and where the drawer will be located, since a custom cabinet will usually be required to support the weight of the metal drawer.

3.Dishwasher or Refrigerator Drawers: It may be handy to space these around a kitchen. But be aware, you’ll need extra wiring and plumbing to each location.

4.Cooktops: Various models require different depths in the cabinet underneath. You may not be able to have a handy utensil drawer directly below the countertop in this location.

5.Microwave Ovens: Unless you prefer setting this appliance on the counter, a custom cabinet or shelf may be needed to fit the size and style of oven you buy and an electrical outlet will need to be installed at that location. Other options – microwave drawers and built-ins that look like a second oven.

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