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How to Begin a Kitchen Remodel

by Product Specialist

Remodeling your kitchen not only makes it more functional and attractive, it also provides up to a 70 percent return on investment if you ever decide to sell your house. Even so, getting started with a kitchen remodel project can be challenging.

You need to plan an overview of the project, the specific details, and set a budget before you even get started. New appliances, cabinetry, finishes, and surfaces are just some of the details you must attend to.

Consider the Everyday Activities in Your Kitchen

One useful planning tool is to take stock of the way your family uses the kitchen each day. How many people eat meals at home and who does most of the cooking? It's important to consider the height of the primary cook in addition to whether he or she is right-handed or left-handed. Does your family normally prepare gourmet meals, easy microwave meals, or something else? You should also take the kitchen traffic pattern and whether you normally entertain into account.

What Goals Do You Have for Your New Kitchen?

Think about what your current kitchen lacks that you would like to incorporate into the remodel. For example, does the layout make it feel crowded when more than two people are in the kitchen? Perhaps you don't have enough counter or storage space. Style considerations are also essential. Spend some time pondering whether your new kitchen should have a modern flair, a renaissance look, or something else that the entire family will enjoy.

Don't Overlook the Budget

You will need to make and stick to a budget so the kitchen remodel doesn't prevent you from meeting your other financial obligations. A recent study in the remodeling industry indicated that the top four expenses when remodeling a kitchen are cabinetry and hardware, installation, appliances and ventilation, and countertops. Be sure to get a realistic estimate for each area so you don't have to deal with unpleasant surprises later.

It's only when you have done all of these things that you're ready to start looking at new kitchen designs.