The kitchen is the modern nerve center of the contemporary American home. It is where people eat, where families gather to for meals and discussions, and it is the room, on average, where most families spend a majority of their waking hours. Often, too, many new homeowners insist on remodeling their kitchens before they have even had sufficient time to unpack. The problem comes when new homeowners do not take the proper time to plan and coordinate the remodel.
Often, they will begin by replacing faucets and fixtures. Then, after a time, they will replace the cabinets, or perhaps the countertops. Maybe even through in an island without really considering how the rest of the kitchen needs to be laid out. Many times these remodels are pieced together over a period of many months, or even years, and the final result is like something out of a Boris Karloff movie.
The key to getting the kitchen you want, that will make your home truly top tier is developing a full and comprehensive plan before you do a single thing to the kitchen. Here are the five things you need to consider, in this specific order, to ensure that your kitchen remodeling project is a success.
Take into consideration the overall style of your home. If you have a rustic country town home style of house, installing elements of a Modern style kitchen is not a good idea. The idea behind good interior design is proper flow and aesthetic cohesion.
Again, many new homeowners neglect addressing the floor of a kitchen when they dabble with kitchen remodeling, either because they think it will be too much trouble, or they assume that they can work around it. The truth is, though, that the crux of any competent remodeling project must be accomplished, literally, from the ground, up. This means that the flooring has to be your first consideration no matter what.
Plumbing And Electrical
Next, you need to consider the plumbing work that needs to be performed in order for your kitchen remodel to work. If you are building a center island with a sink, electrical appliances or any kind of system, you need to be sure that you know how to run piping and wiring to it.
You also need to consider what types of materials you are going to be using, from the floor to the countertops to the piping to the cabinetry. All of it must be within your budget and it must be a material that you are comfortable working with.
Faucets And Fixtures
This should be the very last thing you consider, and it is unfortunate that so many often consider this first (and pretty much exclusive to everything else) when remodeling a kitchen. The faucets and fixtures do add a considerable amount to the aesthetics of the kitchen, but because they are so easy to swap out time and again, they can wait until the end of the project to be considered.Posted by: valarie