Remodeling a kitchen is a big undertaking. It is a disruption to your daily life and an investment in your home. You want it to be completed as close to on time and on budget as possible to minimize disruptions to your life and your wallet. Thoughtful planning is key to avoiding mistakes that will add time and cost to your project. Here are five things to know before you begin:

  1. Function First
    Think about how you use your kitchen; figure out your workflow, your appliance needs, and your accessibility to utilities. Form really should function. Design the layout first, then design the aesthetics.
  2. Keep your Vision in Mind
    It’s easy to fall in love with all the beautiful materials there are to choose from, and then try to use them all. However, just because a countertop material and a backsplash material are both beautiful, it doesn’t mean they will be beautiful together. Keep your vision clean, imagine the whole space and edit your choices as needed.
  3. Save Space for the Doors
    A common mistake homeowners make is not allowing ample space for door swings. Be sure that doors on microwaves, dishwashers and ovens do not hit cabinet doors when they are open at the same time. And ideally, plan for 48 inches of space between islands and perimeter cabinetry.
  4. Prepare for the Disruption
    Living at home during your kitchen remodel requires preparation. You’ll need a makeshift space to cook, store food and clean dishes. Planning this beforehand will help manage the level of chaos during a remodel. Consider a mini fridge, microwave and toaster oven as well as space for pantry items and a makeshift solution for cleaning commonly used items such as coffee mugs.
  5. Consider Hiring a Designer
    A professional designer will bring insight and expertise regarding details that you may overlook. This could save you time and money in the long run. If you make a mistake, you’ll need to spend more to have something done right the second time. The investment in professional expertise could save you money in the long run and result in a new kitchen that you absolutely love.

If your 2024 calendar has a kitchen remodel on it, take the time to plan for it in advance. Then, visit our showroom to see the materials available to choose from for your countertops, cabinets, backsplash and flooring. We offer you the opportunity to shop for several of your materials in one stop, this saves time shopping and saves time at installation. There are no handoffs or scheduling hassles when we are installing both your cabinets and countertops, so the process is streamlined.

We hope we’ll see you soon so you can start planning your new kitchen.

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