Boston Kitchen Remodeler Shares Remodeling Ideas For Your Kitchen
For many people, the kitchen is the centerpiece of the home. For those who love to cook and entertain, it is a sacred place where they can lose their self in their cooking and make creations that nurture the body and the soul.
Obviously, you want your kitchen to be a place that is both functional as well as a place where people can congregate and hang out. You want it to be inviting, comfortable, and as inspiring as possible. Here are some ideas to help make your kitchen your go to place in the home.
Create Your Vision
You need to begin your project by imagining what the space might look like when it is done. For some people, this is easy, but for most of us, it helps to get ideas and inspiration by looking at pictures or by going to showrooms. There are many online sites like www.houzz.com , www.kitchens.com, hgtv.com, and http://www.pinterest.com/. You can also go to kitchen showrooms to get some ideas. Many big box stores like Ikea and Home Depot, have kitchen showrooms where you can see some model kitchens. You can begin to note special features, colors, cabinet styles, lighting, countertops, and appliances.
Decide On Budget Then Make A List
Think about what your budget is going to be on the remodeling project. Once you know this- you can then decide on what specifically you’d like to remodel. Costs can quickly add up so you will need to decide which are “must have” items and which are “would like to have” items. We suggest making a list for these items as well because unexpected construction costs may cause you to remove some items from your list.
Once you begin to do some research, you will discover the possibilities are pretty much endless. For example, you can decide if you want an eat-in kitchen, a breakfast nook, an island, a built in desk, as well as what types of kitchen features you’d like. Then there are features like double ovens, dishwasher in a drawer, island cooktops, full extension drawers, pot racks, deep drawers, utensil racks, pull out trash and recycling, built-in refrigerator, warming drawers, glass doors, and the list goes on. Take our advice and make it as functional as possible.
Structural versus Cosmetic
When it comes to remodeling, the less you have to do to change the physical layout of the room and any adjoining rooms-the lower your remodeling cost will be. You will be surprised how much you can do to improve your kitchen without moving or tearing down walls. We know that many people want an “open concept” kitchen, so if that describes you- then be prepared to open your wallet accordingly.
Hire A Kitchen Designer
Someone with experience who designs kitchens for a living can really help you make the most out of the space and save you money by measuring correctly and planning it right the first time. We cannot underestimate the importance of proper measurement of the space as every aspect of the final kitchen from cost to layout depends on the measurements being exact.
When getting quotes for remodeling services get several quotes from several remodelers as these estimates can vary greatly. In order to compare vendors be as specific as possible on what you want to do and what is included in the estimate. Get it in writing! Determine if you are going to go with custom build or want to purchase pre-made items. It is easy for home remodel projects to spiral out of control so be realistic about how much you can afford. Learn about the cost of a kitchen remodel here.