The kitchen is often the heart of the home, and so it stands to reason that it deserves the love and attention of a makeover. However, the entire process of carrying out renovations can seem a little overwhelming, whether you are doing this for the first time or the third or fourth time. Therefore, to help you with this and create the kitchen of your dreams, this guide is here to help. It will take you through the steps you need to take and leave you feeling stress-free by the end.
Step 1: Consider your renovation costs
Many people start by setting a rough budget of how much they are willing to spend, as this can help keep the costs under control. By browsing the web and gaining an idea of color schemes, themes, and style, and heading to showrooms, you can start to understand how much is realistic. Then, to confirm whether your ideal kitchen is within your budget, reach out to various professionals for a quote.
It is important to realize that your initial budget might not be able to pay for your dream kitchen, but this doesn’t mean you should halt all renovation plans. Fortunately, if you find that your budget won’t stretch far enough, there are other options available to help you achieve your goals. For example, you can apply for a loan for home improvements. Loans such as this allow you to make payments over time while getting to work right away with your kitchen makeover rather than wait until you have saved up for the full cost of the renovation.
Step 2: Think carefully about your layout
Once you have sorted out your finances, you need to consider the layout of your kitchen. Think about what is and isn’t working for you in your current kitchen. Do you find it difficult to reach a certain cupboard, or do you find yourself bumping into each other as you move about? Kitchens often work best when they are opened up a bit more and offer full access to everything, and if your current kitchen isn’t providing this, a new layout might provide the solution. Something as simple as removing a countertop or placing a kitchen island in a slightly different spot can make a huge difference. If you aren’t sure where to start with this, working with professionals at this stage can be incredibly helpful.
Step 3: Make your kitchen easy to maintain
Your new kitchen might look amazing for the first months, but will it be easy to maintain long-term? For example, if you opt for open shelving, will you be able to keep this looking clean and tidy, or will the shelves quickly find themselves cluttered with all manner of different kitchen objects? Open shelving doesn’t offer you the opportunity for your kitchen items to be hidden from sight, but closed cupboards do. So while open shelving may work for one person and look sophisticated, it might not be the right option for you. Think carefully about your habits (and your family’s) with every change you make in your kitchen to ensure that you can maintain these renovations for a long time to come.
These three steps are crucial to consider when you renovate your kitchen if you want a stress-free experience during and after the process.