If you browse decor on online shops like Etsy, you’ll see plenty of artwork and kitchen hangings with this phrase: “The kitchen is the heart of the home.”
Many of us can relate. A kitchen is a place of drama, conversation, confession, broken plates, memories, announcements, and lots of delicious family food.
Why not invest in getting the kitchen of which you’ve long dreamt? To help you plan, here is our guide to the five key steps when remodeling a kitchen.
1. Get Inspired
You only have one shot at getting your kitchen right. The key is searching for the perfect style.
Start by looking at places like Pinterest and interior design websites and make a collection of any kitchen look that fits your tastes. You’ll soon see a pattern emerging.
Don’t forget that looks aren’t everything. Consider what practical features you’ll need in your kitchen too.
Is a breakfast bar essential for your busy young family? Perhaps you need more cupboard space for all those spices and bottles. Maybe you want to splurge on underfloor heating for those cold winter days.
2. Set a Budget
A sparkling new kitchen is one of the most significant investments you can make in your house. Setting a fixed budget at the start will help you stick to your plan and cut out any expensive extras that aren’t worth the money.
To set a budget, put down a figure for the kitchen fittings, the labor costs, and the design. You might also want to budget for appliances too.
3. Measure Up
Now it’s time to get planning with your kitchen renovation. Your first task is to measure your kitchen.
Measure floor space, end to end from each wall, and recess spaces. Don’t forget to factor in where appliances need to go. And think about where drawers, doors, and cupboards will open.
4. Get Quotes
The trick to getting value for money is taking some time to get more than one quote for your kitchen remodel. Try to seek at least three quotes from kitchen refitters.
With the kitchen units and appliances, shop around to see whether a similar style and model is on offer at a discount.
Do the same with appliances too. You could time your remodel with big discount days like Black Friday to snap up some deals.
5. Remodel Your Kitchen
Now it’s time to get the contractors in and start the kitchen remodel. Here are a few ways to make the process run a little smoother:
- Pack everything away before the day and try and keep everything together as it was in the cupboards
- Label each box so they are easy to sort through later
- Try and book some time out of the house to give your contractors space to get the job done
- Plan takeaways or restaurant dinners for those days the remodeling is taking place
- Ask the contractor in advance what they need so that they don’t lose time when they arrive at your home
If you have work that the refit doesn’t cover, such as wallpaper removal, make sure you get that done ahead of schedule, so the kitchen is ready for the refit.
Simple Steps to Remodeling a Kitchen
Remodeling a kitchen is straightforward if you have the budget and the determination. Use these five steps to help ensure your renovation happens smoothly and successfully.
For more home renovation advice, check out our home and garden articles.