How to Plan a Kitchen Remodel
If you’re wondering how to design a kitchen remodel, your first step should be to find a professional with experience in making the remodeling process smooth sailing. Making it a do-it-yourself project may seem like a tempting way to save money, but almost all the time, it costs far more than it will save you. When you hire a team of experts like JSB Home Solutions, you can streamline the process of remodeling your kitchen and make the most of your limited time and resources. Even with us on your side, though, you’ll want to play an active role in the renovation. Here are a few steps where you can have the greatest impact on your project.
Assess Your Wants and Needs
By far, the most important factor in designing a kitchen remodel is knowing what you are looking for. Take a high-level view of your priorities. Are you looking for a better use of your space? More powerful appliances? An aesthetic makeover? Figure out what your goals are, and work backward from there.
Remember that more powerful appliances can add to your utility bills, and more complex spaces require more energy to maintain. While these upgrades may be worthwhile, making an informed decision before finalizing any changes is crucial. Ultimately, you want a result you can live with (and live in) for years to come.
Determine a Remodel Budget
The next question on everybody’s mind is how much their remodeled kitchen will cost. Working with experts is worth it on this front since people with extensive experience with remodeling and construction can point out how you can make the best use of your budget.
Other factors that may detract from the budget for remodeling your kitchen include:
- Appliance and material delivery fees
- Unexpected construction delays
- Permitting requirements
You should set aside ten to twenty percent of your remodeling budget as a “cushion” for these unexpected costs.
Plan a Kitchen Layout
The first thing to consider when laying out your remodeled kitchen is where your utility hookups are. If you’re completely renovating, you may find it worth changing this layout, but even if you aren’t, you should choose appliances that are compatible with the places you’re putting them. Is there room for the gas lines? Is the power cord long enough to reach the plug?
If you’re designing a whole new kitchen layout, the kitchen work triangle will be your best friend. The stove, fridge, and sink should be arranged in a triangle, without any counters or other obstacles blocking the triangle’s “legs.” Also, consider the flow of traffic through your kitchen: give each of your appliances at least 30 inches of clearance in the front and at least 36 inches of available counter space. If you’re getting a countertop microwave or other similar appliances, make sure to factor that into the amount of counter space you’ll have available.
Kitchen experts like the team at JSB Home Solutions have decades of experience in designing a kitchen remodel, so if you have any questions or concerns about how to do it right, you should call us first.
Design the Perfect Kitchen with JSB Home Solutions
When choosing how to plan a kitchen remodel, you have a lot of things to consider. Thankfully, you don’t have to deal with the process alone! Since 1978, JSB Home Solutions has been Ohio’s trusted partner in doing home renovations the SMART way. Call our team at 614-245-2792 or contact us to learn more about how to design a kitchen remodel.
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