Remodeling the Kitchen

kitchen designRemodeling a kitchen takes time, effort and much planning. First you need to figure out your budget, since the kitchen is one of the most expensive remodels to undertake, check out projected kitchen remodel before and after. The trend these days is centered around having an open floor plan. The kitchen is the one room in your house where families gather, cook, drink, eat and enjoy. It seems more practical in many ways to have this open floor plan in your kitchen. If possible walls should be knocked down to make this layout work. If you have a load bearing then a beam can be used for stability. This not only allows for a brighter living space but incorporates a more functional environment.. Now that a budget is figured out, take the time to figure out what changes are most important to you and your family’s needs. Creating a dream kitchen is something that is well worth the investment, and should be thought out carefully.

If the kitchen is open to the living room you can enjoy the company of your family and friends while cooking. It makes the entire space much more livable and entertaining. If an open space is what you crave then having an island if your kitchen can help with this goal. An island can have multiple features including a stove or a breakfast bar, depending on the size. It’s also helpful for that much needed additional storage space.

kitchen designOnce you have decided on the layout of your kitchen, the next step is to decide on the look and design. The cabinets in your kitchen will really help you decide on the look you want to achieve. Colors and styles of cabinets range greatly in both price and style. You want to be sure to stay away from something too trendy. Although you can paint or resurface the cabinets in the future, having the original finish is always better. If you are unsure of what look you want, you should stay with something more traditional. Having white cabinets for instance can look nice today but can tend to be on the trendy end and look outdated in a couple of years.

Opting for more traditional finishes can help you in the long run. Again, do your research and make sure that the wood you are choosing is durable and can withstand the usage. If you are on more of a budget, then look into refinishing and painting or sanding the existing cabinets. There are many DIY websites out that show amazing finishes, but I would use caution if you are not sure how to do them. Many contractors offer cabinet painting services. This is a great option for those looking for affordable options with a professional finish.