BLOGS Remodeling Your Kitchen: What to Consider
If you want to renovate your home, one of the main areas you’ve probably considered fixing up is your kitchen. From the moment you wake up in the morning, your kitchen is probably one of the first places you go. If you’re remodeling your kitchen, that means it’s time to make some big decisions about what kind of space you want to create.
Everyone wants state-of-the-art appliances and everything in between, but you can’t forget the little nuances! Here’s what you should consider when remodeling your kitchen.
Assess the Space When Remodeling Your Kitchen
The first thing to do when planning a kitchen remodel is assess the space. Look at how much room there is for storage and cooking prep — and consider whether it makes sense to add more cabinets or other storage options like an island or pantry. While it may be tempting to incorporate all the kitchen niceties through your remodeling, awareness and understanding of your kitchen space will ultimately save you a lot of time, money, and headache in the end.
Some questions to ask:
- What is the purpose of the kitchen? Do you use it primarily as a place to prepare food, or do you also entertain guests there? If so, how often do these events occur? If not at all, then perhaps this isn’t an area where spending extra money on fancy appliances or decorating would make sense — it might be better spent elsewhere in the house (like on nicer furniture).
- How many people will be using it? This factor affects how much counter space is needed as well as whether there needs to be seating at all times when cooking meals. It also determines what size refrigerator should go into that particular room; smaller refrigerators are often cheaper than larger ones but may not hold enough groceries for large families or parties with lots of guests who’ll need access during meal preparation times (and might even require two refrigerators!).
Furthermore, be sure to look at how much light comes in through windows and what’s on the walls. You’ll want to make sure that any new appliances are going to fit where they need to be placed, and if you’re adding an island or any other piece of furniture, make sure it won’t block a window or doorway. If you’re planning on having a freestanding stovetop or oven rather than one built into a countertop, this will also affect where you can put it.
Cabinets are important because they provide additional storage space for dishes and utensils. If your cabinets are small or outdated, consider replacing them with larger ones that match your new design theme. Depending on the size of your kitchen, however, you’ll want to weigh whether or not you need an abundance of cabinets/pantries.
If you have a smaller kitchen, you’ll probably opt for more cabinets (space permitting) to have more space for your dishes and other kitchen accessories. If you have a large kitchen, you can round out the aesthetics with the appropriate cabinets — though it’s possible some of them will be purely decorative if you don’t have so many dishes and accessories to pack away!
Another flourishment that you may want to add when remodeling your kitchen includes kitchen islands! Kitchen islands are also great because they allow you to maximize counter space while adding additional seating in the form of stools or chairs. Some islands even have built-in refrigerators or ovens. They can be made from different materials such as wood or granite; just keep in mind what color scheme will work best for your home’s interior design scheme.
Islands are perfect for the bigger kitchens and can act as an extension for parties and gatherings. While people may crowd around in the living room, kitchen islands turn the kitchen into an area where people can escape the noise and partake in some snacks, hors d’oeuvres, and friendly conversation!
When it comes to choosing new appliances, there are many things to consider. You’ll want to think about how much you will use the appliance and if you can afford it. When purchasing any large appliance, always check for deals so you can get the biggest bang for your buck.
Think about the types of foods you cook most often. Do you enjoy baking or cooking elaborate meals? Then an oven with convection capabilities might be right for you — and it may save money on energy costs as well! If grilling is more your style, look into purchasing an outdoor grill and matching indoor oven.
Secondly, think about how much space there is in your kitchen and what appliances can fit into those spaces while still being functional (you don’t want to buy too small!). You’ll also want to consider whether or not certain features are important or not: do they save time/money? Do they make life easier? Can they replace other tools already owned by homeowners (e.g., blenders)? Finally — and perhaps most importantly — think about price tags before committing yourself financially; this will help ensure that purchases are affordable without compromising quality or performance levels too much over time.
Some kitchen appliances to consider:
- Crock Pots
- Grill/Air Fryer
- Toaster Oven
Remodeling your kitchen also entails potentially redoing your floors. In fact, when it comes to flooring, you have a number of options, including laminate flooring, linoleum, marble, wood, ceramic and cork. Whichever you choose, it’s best to make sure it goes stylistically with the theme of your kitchen and your home. A brief breakdown…
- Laminate flooring looks great for budget-minded homeowners who want something durable enough for everyday use, but don’t want their kitchen looking like an office building’s waiting room all day long either.
- Linoleum tiles are made from oils and natural ingredients rather than petroleum products; they’re easy on your feet while being durable enough for high traffic areas like kitchens where things get messy often.
- Marble tiles make a statement while still being eco-friendly because they’re made out of natural stone instead of synthetic chemicals sprayed onto pressed boards like most other types.
- Wood flooring can be expensive, but it adds warmth and character to your kitchen space. Consider the many different kinds of wood available: hardwood (like oak), softwood (like pine), and engineered wood (that looks like real hardwood but feels lighter).
- Ceramic tile comes in many different styles and colors, and it’s easy to install yourself if you have some experience with basic DIY projects. It’s also relatively affordable compared to other types of flooring.
- Cork flooring is a natural product that mimics the look of wood, but is softer and more comfortable to walk on.
Electrical work is required any time you’re remodeling your kitchen. If you’re not comfortable with electrical work, it’s best to hire a professional — like the ones here at GQ Renovations! Electrical work can be complicated and expensive, so it’s best to get help from someone who knows what they’re doing.
Considering All Aspects When Remodeling Your Kitchen
If you are planning on remodeling your kitchen, be sure to consider all aspects of the design.
- Make sure you have enough space. If you are planning a major renovation, it is important that you have plenty of room for your new appliances and cabinets. You may need to remove some walls or even expand into another room if necessary.
- Think about how the kitchen will be used by different members of your family or household — do they have different preferences? Do they prefer cooking at home versus eating out? Do they eat breakfast at home every day or only on weekends? These questions can help determine what type of appliances would best suit each member’s needs and preferences, which could affect you ultimately design your kitchen, arrange your cabinets, and place your appliances.
Remodeling Your Kitchen with GQ Renovations
If you’re planning on remodeling your kitchen, be sure to consider all aspects of the design. Your cabinets are a big part of what makes your space feel like home, so don’t rush into making decisions about them without considering how they will look when installed and whether or not they will meet your needs.
So if you’re in the business of remodeling your kitchen, the experts at GQ Renovations are available at your convenience! Turn your dream kitchen into a reality with our trained professionals — all of whom can guide you through the entire process. From selecting the appropriate flooring to doing your electrical work, GQ Renovations will be there every step of the way. To learn more about our services, please visit our website and get in touch with us today!