Most people spend a lot of their time in the kitchen. It is one of the busiest parts of the home because it functions as a food and conversation hub. However, over time, as your family’s needs change, you might need to remodel your kitchen. A kitchen remodel can also add value to your home if you are planning to sell.
Below are a few things you should consider when remodelling your kitchen.
How much are you willing to spend?
Before you start flipping through magazines or researching designs online, you must determine how much you are willing to spend on your kitchen remodel and how you will pay for the project. After you know how much you can spend, make a list of your renovation priorities and do some research to get an idea of how much those upgrades will cost. It would be wise to set aside 10 to 20 percent of your budget for contingency. If you have some room left in your budget, you can add items to the project that are not a priority but would be nice to have.
Do you need to hire a professional?
Think about hiring a professional contractor or designer who can advise you on the best way to get the most out of your renovation project. Professionals will bring your attention to things you did not consider, for example, if plumbing and electrical work is required. Consider getting several estimates to get a better understanding of market rates. The earlier you find the contractor, the more involved they are in the process, and the greater the chances of a successful kitchen remodel.
Do you need permits?
Do the upgrades you have in mind require government permits? Do they adhere to all building codes and regulations? These are things you must consider before starting a kitchen remodel. Failure to obtain required permits or disregard for building codes may lead to fines. You may also encounter difficulties when trying to refinance or sell your home.
In addition to securing the necessary permits, talk to your neighbours about the noise they may hear while you are remodelling your kitchen. Also, be sure not to use loud equipment in the early mornings or late at night.
Are you changing the layout?
You can save a lot of money by keeping the existing layout of your kitchen, as you will not need to move plumbing and electrical hookups. However, if the current layout does not work, consult a kitchen designer to help you plan a new layout that will accommodate your family’s needs.
Do you need new appliances?
If you plan to purchase new appliances for your remodelled kitchen, be sure to decide on the layout and dimensions of the space and then choose appliances to fit. When selecting appliances, consider cost, features, ease of use, durability and energy efficiency.
What is the timeline?
Speak with your contractor about an estimated timeline for the project and try to have them stick to it. But be prepared for your kitchen remodel to take longer than you planned, as there might be setbacks.
Do you need custom kitchen cabinets?
A kitchen remodel is not complete without custom kitchen cabinets. If you are searching for a cabinet maker in the Lower Mainland, contact us at Oasis Kitchens.
At Oasis Kitchens, we pride ourselves on creating high-quality products and offering excellent customer service. We believe that your kitchen deserves the very best, and our team will work hard to bring your dream to life.