A successful kitchen remodel begins long before the construction process starts. If you want your remodeling project to be a success, it’s important that you put in the proper amount of time for planning, designing, budgeting, and considering all of the different factors that might impact your remodel. So, before you get ahead of yourself and dive into a remodel with your Orange County contractors, make sure you give these key issues some careful consideration.
Can You Leave Some Things in Place?
Many homeowners who are remodeling their kitchens (especially for the first time) can get a little overeager about the process. They want to transform their kitchen completely, and that usually entails moving everything around. And while this is definitely possible, it’s going to cost you a lot more.
Before you get amped up about the new kitchen layout you have in mind, ask yourself what major fixtures you’re comfortable leaving where they are. Moving appliances that require wiring, plumbing, and/or ductwork is complicated—and, therefore, expensive—so it’s usually best to leave things such as the dishwasher, sink, and vented range hoods in place. And while electrical outlets can be moved if necessary, electric stoves do require a special outlet, so it’s usually best to leave those where they are as well.
But don’t worry! You can still get a total transformation with your kitchen remodel. Refrigerators can be moved easily as can range hoods that don’t vent outdoors. Additionally, a totally new cabinet layout will make a huge difference in your kitchen’s appearance.
Will an Island Be Functional?
Kitchen islands are practically a must-have for most modern kitchens, and it might seem crazy to remodel your kitchen without putting one in. But take a minute to ask yourself if you really need that island or if you’re just putting it in because it’s the trend. The truth is, you need a rather large kitchen for that island to be functional. Forcing one into a moderately sized kitchen for the sake of having one might just make your kitchen harder to navigate without providing the benefits they’re intended to provide.
Will You Love Those Countertops?
If you’ve already picked out your countertop material, take a minute to ask yourself if you really love what you’ve chosen. Countertops are one of the largest visual elements in a kitchen, and you’ll be using that surface every single day for years to come. So, if you’ve downgraded for the sake of saving some money, and you don’t really love what you’ve chosen, reconsider it. The truth is, quality countertops are worth the cost; if necessary, reallocate some of your budget so that you can get counters you know you’ll adore.
Do You Need a Kitchen Designer?
Kitchen spaces need to be perfectly designed in order to have optimum functionality. Every surface, appliance, storage space, and outlet needs to be in the right place so that you can move about your kitchen and prepare food with ease. While you may be able to pick out cabinets and counters, if you’re doing a full kitchen remodel, it really is worth the cost of hiring a kitchen designer. They’ll see all the little wrinkles in a layout and iron them out so that your new kitchen is absolutely perfect.
If you’re planning a kitchen or bathroom remodel in Orange County, contact Preferred Kitchen & Bath today to work with our team of expert designers and installers. Call now!