Many homeowners who are interested in remodeling their kitchen don’t always know exactly where to start. For some people, remodeling a kitchen could be a major job as it entails a complete overhaul of the existing appliances and decor while for others it’s a relatively small endeavor. Either way, kitchens are one of the most popular rooms for a family to renovate. For the handyman or woman who can do the work themselves, the cost of renovating will certainly be lower (but obviously a lot more work) than those who plan on hiring a professional contractor for their kitchen renovation project.
Know your Kitchen Renovation Budget
But before you look for outside assistance or start the project yourself, there are a few things you should consider. The best way to get started is to come up with a financial budget and decide how much you’d like to spend. You need to be realistic when setting your budget and not opt to price everything as if you will get it on sale or at a rock bottom price. It’s a good idea to research the prices of items you’ll need. This can be done by visiting local kitchen appliance and goods stores and/or checking out costs via the internet. Most contractors can get appliances at a better price through trade pricing discounts offered to them.
Of course, you’ll have to decide exactly what appliances and materials you require for your renovation job before researching their prices and don’t forget delivery costs and taxes. Also, when trying to calculate your budget it’s usually a good idea to add on approximately another 10 percent for any unforeseen costs. Here in California, costs can be much different that other parts of the country. If you plan on hiring a home remodeling contractor in Mountain View or Sunnyvale to help out you’ll need to find out how much they charge for labor and ask for an estimate on the job.
Budget For Quality Appliances and Materials
You should always be looking for the best quality appliances and materials as long as they fit into your budget. You may be tempted to try and save a few dollars here and there, but may regret it in the long run since you need top-of-the-line, functional items. In addition, try to stick to your shopping list and don’t be tempted to buy anything you don’t really need. If you start to stray from the necessities you may quickly end up spending more than you planned on.
The main objective of a kitchen is to be both functional and practical in nature and you need to remember this when considering your renovations. Many homeowners like to arrange their refrigerator, stove and sink in the classic triangular pattern since these are the three most-used items in a kitchen. This is considered by many to be the best setup since it allows you to do most of your kitchen chores in one concentrated area which saves both time and unnecessary movement.
However, if you’re used to having more than one person preparing things in the kitchen at once, you may want to consider adding an additional workstation if you have the time and budget. You could incorporate an island or perhaps acquire a wheeled cart which can be packed away when not using it to wheel around the kitchen. If you’re hiring a contractor they will make sure the kitchen is safely planned out, but it will be up to you to design the room for convenience.
It’s recommended that you have approximately 36 inches of counter space to prepare your food with at least 18 inches of space on one side of the sink and 24 inches on the opposite side of it. You can certainly increase this space if you have the room. In addition, remember to leave enough floor space in the front of the kitchen appliances so you still have room to walk in front of them when their doors are open. In general, 30 to 48 inches is usually enough space. You also need to have about 42 inches of space between an island and the counters so people can get past them.
How you allocate your budget will be entirely up to you and will depend on the exact specifics of your remodeling project. You’ll probably want to consider things such as flooring, counter tops, cabinets, lighting, electrical work, appliances and the sink etc. Just make sure you have a plan and a budget in place before getting underway rather than winging it as you go along.