When you decide to remodel your kitchen, you could easily get carried away with works and end up realizing you have spent too much money on it or that you have made a couple of major mistakes that worsened the situation. If you want to avoid those mistakes, stick to these 4 simple rules.
1. Consider the floor plan
If your budget is big enough to rearrange the appliances in the kitchen, don’t overdo it with the changes without paying attention to the floor plan. If you have in mind a new floor plan, make sure it follows the natural triangular traffic pattern between the sink, the stove and the refrigerator. Also, you should keep the dishwasher next to the sink; otherwise, it will just get messy every time you start walking across the kitchen with a dripping dish to put it in the dishwasher.
Another thing to consider when creating a new floor plan is that you shouldn’t make any changes with the appliances if it includes having to move water and gas lines because you also want to move ovens, sink and stoves. It simply isn’t worth the trouble; especially if you will do the remodeling in an older home. So, forget about the rearrangement if it also means moving the pipes – it will save you quite amount of money, too.
2. Use the existing cabinets
Cabinet frames are the most expensive components of the entire kitchen. So, if you are lucky enough to have quality wood cabinets that still work, don’t even think of changing them. If they are salvageable, it’s pretty easy for you to give them a fresh, new look and save a lot of money. There are three ways you can give the cabinets a proper face-lift, including repainting them, re-laminating fronts and sides or adding new drawer fronts and doors.
Once you have cleaned them, you can lightly sand them. If you want to give them a new color, never use DIY spray paint for that if you opt for that possibility. Buying spray paint in the hardware store won’t be enough, it’s better to hire a professional to do that to make the cabinets look completely new.
3. Don’t try to spare money on plumbing fixtures and pipes
If you intent to replace plumbing fixtures with the new ones, get the best possible faucet you can afford, the one with a pullout spray attachment or the one with a gooseneck with detachable head – the difference between a good and a great faucet is really small, and the benefits are much different. Don’t change the fixture finish because it might look like patchwork in the end.
Another issue is the plumbing system in the kitchen – it will greatly affect the kitchen’s functionality because if it’s old or damaged, it could cause the sink to clog and making garbage disposal inefficient, while also decreasing the overall hygiene. If nothing else, the awful odors spreading around the kitchen alone is a big problem of bad plumbing, so to be sure everything is in order, it’s better to contact emergency plumbing services to check the system and do the necessary repairs.
4. Don’t overspend
You should consider the market and then decide if you can spend only $2,000 for a simple upgrade or even $50,000 if you want luxury appliances and expensive countertops. In case your budget isn’t too big, don’t try to completely remodel the kitchen, changing the style from retro to modern or the other way round. Work with the architectural style of the house and don’t force it. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a kitchen that clashes with the rest of the house after you invested too much money in it for a complete remodel.
All in all
Find the balance between what you would like to change in the kitchen and what you can and should change. That way, this endeavor won’t turn out to be a big mistake and a huge waste of your time and money.