So you’ve finally decided to remodel your kitchen — congratulations! This is a big, exciting step for you and your family, one that you will benefit from for years and years to come. In order to make sure that you get exactly what you want out of your kitchen makeover, check out these remodeling tips. Not only will they help you get started, they’ll carry you through to completion.
Plan – Remodeling is a huge project, so try not to jump straight in. Sit down with a pen and paper and draft a plan or two. Consider what you want your new kitchen to look like, what purposes it will serve, and how will it benefit your lifestyle. Drafting a plan will help you decide what materials you should use, and which materials you should stay away from. Consider colors, height, and shape of cabinets, as well as counter space. Will brass pulls be more efficient than classic kitchen knobs? Decide early in order to save time, money, and aggravation.
Trendy Pitfalls – As tempting as it may be to stylize according to the latest trends, be warned: trends come and go. The best way to ensure you’ll love your redesigned kitchen for years and years to come, is to play it safe. By safe, we don’t mean boring; simply stick to traditional designs and timeless hardware to make sure your kitchen will stay beautiful and updated as long as possible. The last thing you want is an outdated kitchen you’re still making payments on. Consider brass and iron; they integrate well and both are timeless materials.
Get a Second Opinion – Before you start tearing down walls and purchasing materials, ask a neighbor, friend, relative, or even a designer what they think about your plan. A fresh set of eyes can spot potential problem-causing inconsistencies. Plus, he or she may present fresh ideas that you can then add to your existing plan. Be careful, however, not to alter your plans based solely on one opinion. Take advice with a grain of salt, and decide for yourself if an observation should yield a change.
Good luck as you begin your kitchen remodeling journey, and enjoy the new and improved look!