10 Tips for Remodeling A Kitchen

Tips for remodeling a kitchenIf your kitchen is outdated, in disrepair or just in need of a new look – remodeling a kitchen can give you the home you’ve always dreamed of. The cost of remodeling a kitchen typically has a great return when you try to sell your home, which makes it an ideal area of your home to remodel.

Whether you are trying to maximize your work and storage space, trying to keep costs down, or just trying to make sure that your project goes as smoothly as possible, there’s something here for you. Without further ado, here are 10 tips for remodeling a kitchen:

Tips for remodeling a kitchen #1

The big three

Try to position the sink so it is between your cooktop and fridge. While there are a number of ways to position the big three kitchen elements, this can be a great way to keep your kitchen in line with a logical work order. Fridge-to-sink-to-stove!

Tips for remodeling a kitchen #2

Counter space

Keep a minimum of 24 inches of counter space on the left and right of your range, although if you have space for it, 36 inches is better. Keep a minimum of 18 inches of counter space to the left and right of your sink, although, again, 36 inches is better.

Tips for remodeling a kitchen #3

Lazy Susan

Install a lazy Susan or pull out drawers in all cabinet corners which would otherwise have a lot of wasted space. Consider floor to ceiling cabinets to gain the most storage for small kitchens.

Tips for a kitchen remodel

Tips for remodeling a kitchen #4

Pull-out drawers

Pull-out drawers in all cabinets make organizing your kitchen gadgets and pots and pans a breeze – you can have them custom designed as part of the cabinetry work, or, if using stock cabinets, install pull out trays.

Tips for remodeling a kitchen #5

Maximize space

In a small kitchen, maximize your work area by creating an island. You can put your work island on wheels to easily move it around the kitchen so it stays out of the way.

Tips for remodeling a kitchen #6

Counter tops

For kitchen remodels, you need to know where to splurge on top-of-the-line materials and where to save. Manufactured Quartz counter tops look as nice as granite or marble for a fraction of the cost.

Tips for remodeling a kitchen #7

Repaint

If budget is a concern, paint existing cabinets rather than install new ones. The biggest expense in a kitchen remodel is the cabinetry. Choose a neutral color and replace the hardware.

Tips for remodeling a kitchen

Tips for remodeling a kitchen #8

Use foresight

Paint your kitchen ceiling and/or walls before cabinets are installed. Use quality, semi-gloss paint. Remember to fill any holes first, sand them smooth and tape off any areas that need taping before you start painting.

Tips for remodeling a kitchen #9

Create a makeshift kitchen

If giving your kitchen a full remodel, set up a temporary kitchen with a microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker and refrigerator in another area of your home. You’ll be amazed at how much this will reduce the stress of being without a kitchen during the remodel!

Tips for remodeling a kitchen #10

Do it yourself

There are many aspects of a kitchen remodel you can do yourself – even if you have never tried before. Consider saving money by doing what you can yourself and hiring a contractor for the rest.

3 comments

  1. Changing your kitchen, bathroom and heating arrangements are three of the most important revisions you can make to your most valuable material asset. These are major contributory factors to achieving a vastly improved price when you come to sell.

  2. Jennifer says:

    Absolutely great tips. I now first-hand that remodeling your kitchen is important if its outdated, especially if you plan to sell down the line.

  3. Instead of painting cabinets you can also reface them. It’s slightly more expensive, but not as expensive as replacing them completely. It also takes less time than replacing them.

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