Just about everyone has a vision for their dream kitchen floating around in their mind. One of the most used rooms in our homes, the kitchen is often the place where we find the most we would ideally like to fix.
Even if you’ve been dreaming of your new kitchen for years, when the time comes to start your remodel, you may start feeling like you’ve taken on a task that feels overwhelming. You may be asking yourself what the best layout will be, or what will work best for your family but still appeal to buyers if you eventually decide to sell.
If you’ve been wracking your brain with these questions, we have a quick list of do’s and don’ts that you can check out before taking on your kitchen remodel.
DO think about how you’re going to use the space
While it’s great to find inspiration online for your kitchen remodel, don’t lose sight of what your kitchen looks like and how you’re going to use the space. Do your windows sit higher and you would like a breakfast bar built in so you can enjoy the view in the morning? Or do you spend time in the kitchen with guests and would want a large island to linger around? Don’t just focus on the status quo kitchens of Pinterest with their marble counters and stainless steel appliances, really sit down and think about how you use your kitchen and what will serve your family best.
DON’T neglect your storage needs
A good kitchen may be pretty to look at, but a great one has oodles of storage! Storage is one of the key things that many people overlook or don’t consider as much as they should. Your kitchen is probably one of the most overstuffed rooms in your home, so start going through cupboards and drawers and figure out where you lack in space and where you want unique storage solutions.
DO consider task lighting
Not only will proper lighting help your kitchen’s overall ambiance, but it will also help you be a better cook! Well, maybe not–but it will help you see better when you’re cooking! The fact is, most kitchens suffer from a distinct lack of ambiance and task lighting. We often flood kitchens with light from overhead fixtures, but that’s not necessary. Just like other rooms in the homes, kitchens benefit from a variety of lighting options that will let your kitchen go from prep room for Thanksgiving dinner, to a romantic, softly lit space for a candlelit meal.
DON’T guess at the budget
A kitchen remodel can quickly spiral out of control if you don’t have a firm grasp on your budget. From unexpected costs that come with opening walls, to appliance costs, to contractor costs, to material costs, kitchen remodels can be pricey affairs that can get even pricier if you haven’t done the proper amount of research on the cost of kitchen remodeling.
DO plan for practical things
Kitchen remodels can be intimidating and exciting. While you plan for the backsplash, the new appliances, and even the accessories, many people forget to consider the practical (and yes, boring) elements that make a kitchen functional. Plan a space for the recycling and garbage bins. Make sure you have a space to stash the broom and the dustpan. These small additions will make your kitchen cleaner and more livable.