Your cabinets are a little creaky, your flooring is worn, your counters have seen better days, and the lighting could use some work. When you decide that enough is enough and the time comes to reinvent your kitchen, there are a number of factors to consider. An artful kitchen remodel can have shocking effects on your family’s living space. In many ways the kitchen is the heart of the home: it’s where people interact, enjoy meals together as a family, and bond—and there’s nothing like walking through a kitchen filled with wafting aromas of home-made cooking and baking ingredients.
Your home remodeling project should incorporate a sense of personality and warmth. When you’re designing your kitchen remodel, here is a useful checklist of questions to ask yourself.
For another blog in our checklist series, check out 5 Questions to Ask Your Home Builder Before Breaking Dirt
Remodeling Your Kitchen
1: How Do I Want to Use My Kitchen?
This is a very important question to consider before starting a kitchen remodel. When you’re sketching out rough designs or browsing the internets or home improvement magazines, you will no doubt take joy exploring some of the innovative home designs available to you.
However, the top priority for your kitchen remodel is functionality. In order to answer this question honestly, you need to be realistic about how your kitchen is going to be used. For example, if you don’t like cooking and prefer to eat out at least half the week, choosing a top-of-the-range cooker just to impress your friends and relatives is indulgent and unnecessary.
On the other hand, if you’re a passionate entertainer who loves nothing better than having friends round and making sauces from scratch, your routine needs to be taken into consideration. If your kitchen is going to double up as a dining room, you need to ensure that the design of the cabinets and appliances leaves room for a table to enjoy meals at. Additionally, if you have a family of five, make sure the table seats six instead of four. This ensures that all of the family can sit around the table together.
If your kitchen has access to outside, you will need to take this into account when contemplating the design so that your kitchen island doesn’t jut into the sliding door that takes you out into the garden. It’s evident that there are a variety of things to consider when you’re thinking about how you want to use your kitchen, so teaming up with design professionals will help you come up with a feasible construction project.
2: How Do I Make My Kitchen Look Bigger?
If you’re limited for space in your kitchen and you want to create a remodel that will make it look more spacious, there are a number of elements you can incorporate into your design. For example, if the walls are painted a dark color, consider lighter, muted tones for the remodel. Mirrors and stainless steel surfaces both help to reflect light, which results in the illusion of a larger space. Therefore, try to include mirrors and stainless steel into your design wherever possible.
Another way you can make your kitchen look bigger is to experiment with the lighting. If you have one big light in the center of the room prior to remodeling, why not try spotlights dotted evenly throughout? This will disperse the light and make your kitchen seem a lot more spacious.
3: What Do I Eat?
Believe it or not, what you eat affects the specifics of your kitchen design. For example, a family that consumes mostly frozen or non-perishable foods such as pizza, soups, and pasta will require more cabinet space and less worktop preparation space than a family who eats home-cooked meals every night. If you’re the one who does the cooking in your own home, you know better than anyone what your family’s storage and refrigeration needs are.
Moreover, if you’re a really serious cook, you’ll have a lot more equipment that needs to be stored neatly away. If you’re the kind of cook who really just sticks to one-pot meals or spaghetti bolognese, you really only need one cabinet for storing pots and pans. Think about all of these minute details thoroughly, and you’ll come up with a design that will work with the specifics of your everyday life.
4: Remodeling the Right Way
Yes, there is a right way and a wrong way to do remodeling. The biggest mistake people make when remodeling is to fall for home design trends that aren’t suited to them. For example, minimalist contemporary design is a trend in home design that will not work for you if you prefer the cosy, country kitchen feel when you walk into your home.
While it’s tempting to be as modern as possible, since you’re going all out and getting a renovation done, the best advice you should take on board is to remodel according to your own taste. And yes, this is even true if you have a soft spot for animal skin and bright pink walls! Your home is where you live, so it doesn’t matter if guests hate your decor: the question is, are you happy with it? This is the primary thing you need to concern yourself with, not what other people think.
So, if you want to know more about how to do remodeling the right way, start with being honest with regards to your personal taste and things will take off from there.
Full Home Remodeling Contractors
At Koncept Design and Build, we take pride in creating uniquely beautiful spaces for our clients that mirror their individual tastes and personality. We are a boutique design build firm specializing in full home remodels, home additions, home design, and new home construction. Connecting on an emotional level with their clients as well as having a sincere passion for continuous innovation and hands-on work ethic has proven a successful business strategy.
Our team ensures every project is tailored specifically to the client’s tastes and is completed to a high-quality finish you will rave about. Individual attention and a customized, original approach to each and every project secure breathtaking results for each of our clients.
Your home is your personal environment, so when you’re thinking of remodeling it’s best to work with people who are credible experts that also appreciate the need for a personal touch. Koncept DB’s design+build and remodeling methods blend a mix of architectural talents and a sincere appreciation for the client’s personal aesthetic. A kitchen that is both beautiful and highly functional can really make a difference to your entire home.