Functionality should be the driving force of any kitchen remodeling project, though the look and feel of the space is important. Begin the process by visiting showrooms, so that you can see the products up close and get the opportunity to touch and feel cabinets, faucets etc… Next, decide on a budget as you consider your main priorities for your new kitchen and begin researching the basic elements of design.
Today’s kitchens are increasingly part of an open-floor plan with family rooms and dining areas and can average 200 to 300 square feet. A few other trends include, a move towards simple and uncluttered looks, energy efficiency, and the use of natural materials. Many magazines and websites can whet your appetite and help you find the design that will meet your needs or visit a local design studio.
Some things to think about:
Efficiency – If your kitchen feels more like an obstacle course than an organized work place.
Clutter –Now is your chance to take inventory of everything you need to store, then plan accordingly.
Kitchen Use – Consider how your family likes to prepare meals and entertain in your kitchen. Do you enjoy cooking alone or with someone? Is your kitchen a multi-purpose room where kids do homework and friends love to gather?
Kitchen makeovers remain popular as homeowners strive to make their house a home that reflects their lifestyle. Updating things like your kitchen or bathroom can actually be a smart investment. This investment to improve aesthetics and organization of the heart of the home still hold reasonable resale value. This is not always the case with all remodeling. “People buying a house look first at kitchens and baths,” says Kermit Baker, director of the remodeling futures program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. Kitchens and Baths can cost more to remodel, but they’re more likely to pay for themselves. If you are adding rooms, such as a family room or master suite it can tend to help with home sales. Bigger homes command higher prices.
The best way to make sure your home improvement job goes smoothly is to make a clear plan. Plan ahead and lay out your budget. Have ideas ahead of time and then communicate with your contractor regularly from the estimate through the entire project. Contact Owings Brothers Contracting with any questions you may have regarding your kitchen remodel and enjoy touring our gallery of kitchens to help you make choices for your upcoming kitchen remodel.