Are you excited about remodelling the kitchen after years of DIY fixes here and there?

If the plan is just getting started, you’ve got a lot to do, and we’ll help you make the most of it. Apart from bathrooms, kitchens are the most popular area that people prefer to renovate the first chance they get.

Man Painting For Kitchen Renovation

Kitchen remodelling is no small feat and can take a while to complete, not to forget the hole it creates in the wallet! So, take a moment to go through these steps to prepare yourself for the gigantic task ahead. Of course, you could always leave it up to the contractor. 

But if you want a fully personalised kitchen, you’d be better off starting with some research. Here are a few guidelines that will help you along the journey.

Guide To Renovating Your Kitchen

Before And After Kitchen Renovation

1. Look For Inspiration 

Before you rush out to buy those materials you’ve been eyeing all week, take a step back and formulate a plan. We understand that it’s fun to browse through the store and buy everything that excites you. But impulsive renovations are a recipe for disaster. The last thing you want is to end up with is a mismatched kitchen that costs thousands of dollars.

So, begin by searching the internet for fresh ideas for kitchen remodelling, and you’re sure to find the style you have in mind. Going through various kitchen decor images will bring your creative side into action if you don’t have a layout in mind. 

Plus, researching is a great way to learn about new textures, materials and decoratives that you can use later on. 

We also suggest drawing the design and layout you have in mind. Sketching an outline of where the counters should sit and where the kitchen islands look best can prepare you even before you visit a contractor. 

2. Plan The Kitchen Layout

Remember, your kitchen needs to be practical and functional, along with looking fresh and beautiful. So, maybe you could note the issues you have with the current design.

Do the floors look better in sleek wood? Do the islands take too much space? Give some thought to the arrangement to determine what works and what doesn’t. 

For example, begin with the kitchen features that are used the most- refrigerator, stove, oven, and sink. Try to place these items close to one another because you’ll need all of them while cooking and prepping. If you are up to it, a separate chopping and cooking station could work, too. 

Ultimately, this part of planning is entirely up to you, and you can incorporate as many design ideas to share with the contractor later.

3. Prepare A Budget

The next most important thing to do is create a budget and ideal time limit. After careful planning of the new kitchen, you need to make sure it fits your price range. Now, it’s not always easy to come up with estimates, especially if you haven’t renovated the kitchen before. So, this might be a challenge for some homeowners. 

However, we always say it’s better to be prepared with a cost in mind rather than exceeding the price limit after the project begins. You can ask questions in online forums, read some kitchen decor blogs, or watch relevant videos to get an idea. Consequently, before consulting the contractor, make a mental note of the maximum amount of money you are willing to spend on the project. 

Another thing you should consider is the time it will take for the entire renovation. The contractor will give an estimate, but this depends on the kitchen size and the type of renovation. Usually, the whole kitchen would take between one and three months to complete.

Selecting A Budget For Kitchen Renovation

4. Consult A Professional

Now, you can call in the contractor and allow them to work their magic and transform the kitchen space. The best time to contact a licensed contractor is when the budget, design/theme and general layout is in place. It is ideal for getting at least three estimates from different contractors, so you can compare and select the professional that suits you best. 

Get all three contractors to visit your home, explain your thought process, and wait to hear their ideas. If you have any questions and special requests, now is an excellent time to ask if they would be able to fulfil your requirements.

5. Plan The Kitchen Space

The contractors will surely place each piece of equipment in the kitchen to match the general safety parameters. But you can always add suggestions and inputs as per your individual needs. Make sure to leave enough room to walk from one end to the other in the kitchen. Ideally, a distance of 42 inches between the counters and islands is recommended. 

As far as counters are concerned, keep 36 to 40 inches of space for the food preparation countertop. You can modify it as you like but make sure there is enough space for the sink to fit in. You can also buy DIY kitchens and cabinets from several hardware and homeware stores. When it comes to fitting refrigerators, you’ll need adequate space towards the front so that the doors can swing open.

6. Prepare For Clearing Day

Now that all the planning is done, you’re ready to dismantle all parts of the kitchen. At this time, you can choose to relocate to a different house till the work gets done. Alternatively, you can set a makeshift kitchen in the basement with temporary stoves, sink, dining tables and fridge. 

This way, you can stay at home and save the expenses of renting another house to live in. Also, a temporary kitchen will give you space to cook so you can avoid spending daily on takeaway meals. Keep your pantry stocked with dry, non-perishable edibles, paper plates, and temporary cutlery. It’s also a good idea to keep snacks handy.

7. Look For Quality Over Quantity

Your kitchen isn’t going to get a renovation every day, so it’s wiser to select high-quality materials, pieces, and appliances. If you’re going to renovate once, you might as well get a great job done! So, invest in good quality counters, cabinets, flooring, and appliances as they last much longer, and you won’t need to replace them often. 

If you make the right choices, you may not need to make any more changes in the kitchen for years to come. That being said, if your budget does not allow for too many upgrades, you could consider buying used items from retail or businesses. The products are often good quality and will last long. Plus, pre-used fixtures and accessories cost much lower than brand new ones. 

Brand New Black And Gold Kitchen

Some Tips For Renovating Kitchens

After all, is said and done, here are a few additional tips you can follow for a stress-free renovation experience...

  • Keep a larger budget for floors since they will receive the most traffic.
  • Don’t forget to pay attention to kitchen ventilation.
  • Avoid expanding the kitchen if you are on a tight budget.
  • DIY the parts you are confident in.

Revamping Your Kitchen

Renovating the kitchen can be a daunting task which is why we recommend sorting your ideas, designs and sketches for a clear plan of action. After that, invite the contractor over to inspect your space, and you can discuss ideas and expectations for the new kitchen. 

After all, planning is better than winging it. If you have a clear vision of the desired look and hire a decent contractor, you are already in a good place. Now, all you need to do is stick to your budget, and the rest will pan out eventually.

So, that’s all for today. We hope you get a fabulous new kitchen.

Until next time, take care!

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