Seven Considerations When Planning a Kitchen Remodel
When planning your kitchen remodel prior to Kitchen Craft LLC getting involved as your preferred IKEA kitchen installer, there are some considerations to keep in mind to prevent excessive costs or delays. Let’s review some of them.
1. Function First, Style Second
A kitchen must be functional or you have wasted a lot of money. Kitchens have a logical layout to best serve the owners; sink and dishwasher next to each other, storage for pots and pans near the stove, and so forth. If you worry first about the style or aesthetics of the kitchen, you can end up with a kitchen that won’t function well.
2. Leave Some Things Where They Are
Unless you plan to do major structural changes to your kitchen, which most people will not, it makes sense to leave appliances where they were in the previous kitchen. Stoves take gas or high voltage electrical wiring, sinks and dishwashers require plumbing and electrical connections, and the vented range hood needs a connection outside for venting. Moving major appliances to other locations is expensive and can rapidly eat away at a kitchen renovation budget. Plan to leave these items at or very near to their previous locations.
3. Consider Items Which Can Be More Easily Moved
A refrigerator may have some flexibility where it is located, and even an icemaker can use a long flexible hose that is easily hidden if needed. Cabinets can be rearranged to better suit the kitchen layout, and unvented hoods or microwaves are more easily relocated to other areas.
4. Not All Cabinets Are Practical
How often do you reach for the cabinets above your refrigerator? Probably not too often, which is why it is important to maximize cabinet space above your counters because those are the ones you will use the most. A pantry is also valuable kitchen space, so consider trying to add one during your remodel design. Corner cabinets are another area where a lot of space can be wasted, so consider a “lazy Susan” design or inserts which can be pulled out to access items.
5. Do You Need An Island?
Kitchen islands are all the rage in new homes, and many designers consider them essential. The problem is that it takes a rather large kitchen to comfortably fit an island that isn’t going to interfere with the day to day use of the kitchen. Take a hard look at whether you really need an island in your remodel.
6. Use Quality Countertops
Your new countertops will take the brunt of day to day wear and tear, therefore you don’t want to scrimp on the quality. The countertops are also the first thing prospective buyers will see someday when you want to sell your home. Spend the extra you need for high-quality quartz, granite, composite, or laminate. Good countertops will last the life of the home.
7. Finally, Use a Quality Installer
Kitchen Craft LLC has been installing nothing but IKEA kitchens throughout Florida for decades. We are the only independent IKEA kitchen installer, and we have the expertise to do it right the first time. For more information on our kitchen installations, contact Kitchen Craft LLC by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.