03 Aug 2016

3 Questions to Get You Started on Remodeling Your Kitchen

Kitchens come in various shapes and sizes. Even if two kitchens have similar layouts, the appliances,
cabinets, and countertops can create entirely different designs. With so many design options available, take
the time to carefully plan your design to avoid costly mistakes.

For example, some homeowners realize after remodeling their kitchen that they didn’t leave enough space
between countertops for different appliances. Others spend much more money than they had expected to move the
location of the kitchen sink.

To ensure your kitchen-remodeling project is a success, ask yourself the following questions before you
start remodeling.

1. How Much Money Can I Afford to Spend?

A good place to start is determining how much money you can afford to spend. Keep in mind that your budget
is one of the most crucial elements to your kitchen-remodeling project. Get price estimates for replacement
costs of appliances, cabinets, and countertops if needed.

Also, don’t hesitate to ask for help from retail companies and professional designers. The more questions
you ask these professionals, the better investment you will make. For example, a professional designer can
help you increase the value of your home by updating certain features like cabinets or countertops. In many
ways, consulting with a professional can help you save money.

2. What Do I Want to Improve in My Kitchen?

Next, look at your current kitchen and decide which elements you wish to change. Do you dislike your
current cabinet color? Would you like a larger refrigerator? Decide which parts you would like to update by
inspecting each part of the room, from the flooring to the light fixtures.

As you decide on which changes to make, create a sketch of what the new kitchen will look like. Include
measurements in the drawing to ensure your plans fit into the available space.

If possible, keep the electrical outlets, walls, and sink in the same locations. Reconstruction projects
like these often result in unforeseen problems. If you try to move these features, you may end up paying more
money than you had expected to ensure each feature works properly and safely.

3. How Should I Organize the Kitchen Space?

If you have limited space in your kitchen, carefully consider how you want to organize the cabinet space.
You don’t always have to add more cabinets to increase storage. Consider ergonomics as you design your
kitchen to increase storage space. For instance, include pullout shelves in bottom cabinets and lazy Susans
in the corners to save space.

Even if you have a large kitchen, remember to utilize the space efficiently. Don’t leave large gaps in
between counters just because you have the space to do so. More space between counters often makes cleaning
and cooking more difficult.

Whatever the size of your kitchen, use the following tips to better utilize the space in your kitchen:

  • Keep a total of 12 to 23 feet between the refrigerator, sink, and stovetop.
  • Place the sink between the stove and refrigerator since you will likely use the sink most often.
  • Don’t put a tall refrigerator next to a built-in oven because each of these appliances requires space on
    each side for safety purposes.
  • Include 10 feet of upper and lower cabinets if possible.
  • Leave at least 42 inches between counters and islands or bar areas so you have enough walking space. If
    you have multiple people who cook at the same time in your household, leave 48 inches of space for walkways.

Another part of planning is choosing which colors and features you want for your kitchen. Collect
photographs and include them in your sketch to help you visualize the kitchen’s design. Match the color of
your appliances and cabinetry with the overall color theme for your kitchen.

 

Once you have answered these three questions, you’ll be well on your way to accomplishing a successful
kitchen remodeling project. When it’s time to choose your cabinetry, trust the professionals at Luxcucina for
assistance.


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