Updated: May 19, 2021
A kitchen remodeling project can be one of the most daunting home improvement projects there is. There are so many details to address, and so many choices to make that homeowners often become intimidated with the process.
Fortunately, there are many ways to avoid the pitfalls of a complicated remodel. Here are some of our best suggestions for making your kitchen remodel a successful project that will not only add value to your home, but will transform it into everyone’s favorite room to spend time in.
Hire a Reputable General Contractor
When you’re ready to embark on a major renovation project, a general contractor with a proven reputation is the first step to ensuring success. Even the most dedicated DIYers will need the help of a professional when it comes to such an important room.
The kitchen is by far the most complicated room in the house, so a general contractor will help flesh out a seamless plan that will have your cabinets, countertops, lighting, wiring and appliances working together harmoniously. Moreover, many states require that homeowners seek help from a general contractor in order to ensure that everything is done in accordance with local code and other ordinances.
Analyze the Space
There have been so many advances in kitchen design that its easier than ever to make the most of your space. If you’re dealing with a small kitchen and always wanted a pantry space, you can now incorporate pantry drawers into your cabinets that can equal the space of a full-size pantry.
If you’re unsure of what’s possible for your space, hiring a kitchen designer can help you maximize your storage, as well as creating room for a larger refrigerator or dishwasher. It’s never a bad idea to have a professional lend a helping hand.
Pay Attention to the Latest Trends
Everyone has their own individual style, but when it comes to remodeling, you need to think in terms of, “Will I still love this in 10 years?”, or “Will my kitchen look dated too fast?” Small updates are always possible, but when you go for a total remodel, it pays to see what designs are trending before you commit to things like countertops, a backsplash, flooring and cabinets. Check design websites and magazines, and again, consider input from a designer to help you choose elements that will stand the test of time.
Choose Quality and Value
Quality cabinetry, countertops and flooring are some of the most important elements of your new kitchen. Choosing quality items will ensure enduring good looks and lessen the chances of something going wrong after all the work is completed. The same goes for appliances, plumbing and lighting. Don’t panic – you don’t have to buy the most expensive cabinets or the refrigerator with all the bells and whistles - but do choose options that are built to last and will give you years of aesthetic pleasure.
Remodel to Solve Existing Problems
The easiest way to make your new kitchen your dream kitchen is to address the problems with your existing kitchen and work to solve them. Not enough storage? Refrigerator too small? Is there room for the island I’ve always wanted? The best way to get everything you want in your new kitchen is to make a list and go over it with your contractor to see if your ideas can be realized. Problem solving during the design/building stage will ensure that your new kitchen will be everything you’ve hoped for and so much more.
Have questions about remodeling your kitchen? Ask us. We’re here to help.