When it comes to remodels in your home, none compare to the popularity of the kitchen remodel. According to statistics from the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), Americans spent more than $67 billion on their kitchens in 2015. Of that amount, $49.5 billion went towards renovations. In that same year, more than 10 million households underwent a kitchen remodel, which shows just how popular it is.
Perhaps you’re thinking of a kitchen remodel yourself but you’re still on the fence. Here are some tips and information that you can take into consideration before you jump into the project.
Don’t Go It Alone
While there are plenty of DIY projects in your home that you can tackle just fine on your own, the kitchen isn’t usually one of them. Unless you are a trained professional, there is a good chance you will end up spending more money and time than you anticipated on the remodel. Instead, it’s best to hire a local contractor who specializes in kitchen repairs and remodels.
Even though the contractor will be doing all the work, it doesn’t mean you should hand over the reins completely. You will still be very involved in the design and construction process, so you will be able to ask questions and provide input throughout.
When searching for a contractor, be sure to ask for references, ask how many projects they have completed like yours, how long they have been in business, and what sort of guarantees they offer on their work.
Is the Design Something You Will Love for Years?
It’s easy to get caught up in all the latest trends and styles, but at the end of the day, your kitchen design should have lasting power. What that means is that you should love it when it’s completed, a year from now, five years from now, and even 10 years from now. Kitchens are expensive to remodel, so it’s not something you can afford to do on a regular basis.
Does it Flow with the Style of the Home?
Again, this fits in with the trends and styles of the moment. Just because something looks great in a magazine or in a friend’s home, it doesn’t mean it will work with the style and architecture of your home. It should all flow, so the kitchen needs to work with the rest of the space.
Have You Included Enough Storage in the Design?
One of the biggest complaints people have about their kitchens is that there isn’t enough storage space. Make sure you give this plenty of thought and include more than enough shelving and cabinetry to meet your needs. The last thing you want to do is invest all this money on a remodel only to discover you still don’t have enough space.
The Kitchen of Your Dreams
By taking these questions and tips into consideration, you will be able to put together a design that gives you the kitchen of your dreams.