Research shows that 7.6 million people in the United States will remodel their kitchens this year alone. Remodeling your kitchen for the first time can be both an exciting and stressful experience.
Without the proper planning and evaluating, it is extremely easy to become overwhelmed and frustrated with all of the decisions you have to make. In fact, the National Kitchen and Bath Association strongly suggests that homeowners should plan out kitchen remodeling up to six months in advance before actually starting the project.
While it is easy to want to focus on what sorts of new color schemes and wall decor you may want to add to your kitchen design, you have to focus on the practical elements first. The three main areas that you should focus on to start are your cabinets, counter tops and appliances.
Building Your Dream Kitchen:
- While kitchen cabinetry doesn’t seem like the most fun area, there are many creative choices you can make when remodeling kitchen cabinets. Not only can you choose from many custom cabinetry options regarding material and color of your kitchen cabinetry, but you also have a lot of options when it comes to their structure. Look for cabinets with user-friendly options like full extension roll-out shelves; this prevents you from scraping your knuckles if you’re trying to find items way in the back.
- When choosing kitchen cabinetry, you also want to make sure they are durable. Certified cabinets not only can withstand humidity and a wide range of temperatures, but they also should be fairly resistant to damage from kitchen goods like vinegar, ketchup, coffee and juice. When investing in remodeling, you want to make sure what you’re getting is good to last.
- When it comes to counter tops and appliances, you definitely want to make sure that both will remain durable as well. Be sure to check out your local home remodeling store not only to see what kinds of options are out there, but to chat with staff members. Workers are there to help you and can often give you great advice on the best way to remodel your kitchen.
- If you find yourself really stressed out about planning your kitchen remodeling, you may want to look into hiring a professional designer. Not only do they make sure that both style and efficiency will be present in your kitchen, but they also work with contractors to make sure they are scheduled to work in a timely manner.
Have you had any experiences with kitchen remodeling? Tell us about it in the comments below! Continue reading here.