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When you start to try and tackle a kitchen remodeling project, you will quickly realize there are a superfluous amount of renovation ideas. This makes careful planning and budgeting vitally important in order to make sure you get everything you want/need and at a reasonable cost. Our team here at TEKA Kitchen knows how important a kitchen is, not only for its functionality, but because it is the heart of a home. In order to have an organized, functional, and aesthetically pleasing kitchen, make sure to take the following consideration in mind when executing a renovation.
Your budget is the most crucial aspect of your entire renovation. It dictates everything you do which is why it requires very careful and well thought out consideration before anything happens. The amount that you are comfortable with, or have allocated to spend will guide how you proceed. Decisions such as where you want to spend more money and what you can afford will help with the selection of things like appliances, finishes, and more.
It’s important to have a comprehensive and well-planned budget that has purpose and direction. Think about what you need and make decisions on cutting unnecessary expenses. Something to keep in mind that is a good rule of thumb is to prepare to invest roughly 10% of the value of your house.
What You’re Working With/Interior Design
If you are doing a complete kitchen remodel and want a new layout, it’s important to consider the current architecture and any design elements you want to keep. This is the time during the renovation process when you can completely reinvent the entire kitchen. This is where you make decisions about the exact placement of everything. That even means the electrical appliances. Critically think about what you can do to modify the layout and make it better suited for your needs. You also need to make sure the new design is functional, as well as aesthetically appealing.
Take a moment to ponder your current lifestyle and what the purpose of this kitchen remodel is. Make sure to think about whether you are going to primarily use it for entertaining purposes or for functional, every-day cooking. Whatever reason will influence certain things that will be necessary or not. If you are looking to save some time and money on this project, leave things like gas lines, plumbing, and electrical work in place instead of moving them around. You will be able to talk with your contractor about the finalization of all these things.
Having a realistic timeframe in mind helps with the renovation process. The timeframe for completion is going to depend on things like what ideas you want. Once your contractor knows everything you want, they can give you a rough estimate of the length of time it will take to finish the reno. Still, be prepared for unexpected setbacks to happen that lengthen the renovation, but just remember that your contractor is going to do everything they can in order to complete the project on time. To avoid this, allocate additional time for these unforeseen complications or delays.
Depending on what you are doing for your renovation, you might be required to obtain permits before any work begins. It’s important to make sure any renovations you do comply with your town’s regulations and building codes. If you don’t get these permits, you can have issues down the road.
The look and feel of your kitchen depend largely on your lighting as a crucial element. Take these lighting tips to incorporate into your design:
- Allow more natural light into your kitchen by replacing all old doors and windows with bigger and more modern ones.
- Add lighting wherever you can. This can be in the form of LED lights, cabinet lights, pendant lights, and more.
- Dimmer switches are also great for setting the mood and also to lower your energy bill.
Storage and Appliances
A common mistake people tend to make when doing a remodel is not taking the size and location of appliances into consideration. Making sure to plan this from the beginning is beneficial if you want built-in appliances or equipment. Some popular choices are things like built-in coffee makers, wall ovens, and over-the-range- microwaves. Make sure to consider the following when planning:
- All the things you want in your kitchen and what size they are
- Opting for energy efficient appliances and equipment
- Placement of the incorporated appliances
How We Can Help
Proper kitchen renovation takes a lot of planning, time, money, and effort. Our team here at TEKA Kitchen will work closely with you in order to get you the kitchen you want, within your budget, and completed on time. Give us a call today at 905-237-5031 or 416-877-4030 for our Toronto Modern Kitchen Design services! We also offer free estimates, so that you know what to expect for your budget before the work begins.