While considering remodeling of your kitchen, there are quite a few factors you need to consider. It’s one of those projects that apparently looks simple but could turn out to be one of the most expensive home improvement projects. So, it will be good to plan the entire project in detail to avoid getting struck in the middle due unexpected expense. Here are some guidelines to help you plan your renovation. Detailed planning of any project makes its execution a pleasure as it saves you a lot of time, effort and avoidable embarrassment at a later stage.
Do as much of renovation as you can on your own at the minimum of expense. Building contractors are difficult to get and they charge heavily. It is good to avoid hiring general purpose contractors and hire limited experts for doing specialized jobs including plumbing, electrical fittings and installing cabinetry etc. You would be better off doing simple jobs like demolition and clean up etc on your own.
Where do you plan to cook and eat while the process of renovation is on? It may not be a very viable idea to go out for dinners all the time the kitchen is under renovation. So, you would be required to cook a few meals at home. Consider shifting your old fridge to the dining area or the garage. You will also need to shift your dining table, hot plate and the sink to complete your temporary kitchen and dining area. Well, it may not be a very pleasant idea to keep going to the basement for meals, but you may shed a couple of pounds but gain quite a many dollars in the process. So, at the end of the renovation program, you will be a healthier person, and so will be your bank balance!
In case you plan to buy any new gadget or appliance for the renovated area, make sure to measure the available space and the provision of a power plug point before you buy one. That ensures that your new equipment precisely fits into the place you had intended for it. Guesswork may not always work and wastes a lot of time and effort, not to mention the embarrassment. For instance, make sure that you have appropriate water line before ordering a refrigerator with an ice dispenser. Or if you like to keep your new fridge or oven close to the counter, make sure that the appliance has the right depth. Else, you new equipment may not fit there at all or look odd in that area.
Though stoves and such bigger appliances are available in varied colors, styles and sizes, you should opt to have these in a moderately neutral color. The reason is simple. Next time you decide to change the theme of the kitchen, it will work out economical that way! You get appliances like toaster ovens, coffee machines, blenders and devices like can openers and even heavy-duty mixers in any number of colors including white, black and of course stainless, but simple colors prove to be best in the long run. Imagine having your kitchen appliances in red wine color and wanting to have a blue colored theme for the kitchen in a not too distant future ?
Generally speaking redesigning of you kitchen is a very rewarding job as you finally take pride in having used your imagination to the best and sweated it out and derive pleasure out of it all. However, you should take note of the fact that invariably any renovation project for the kitchen, irrespective of its being undertaken by experience contractors or of your own, doesn’t proceed as per expectations. All the time you just can’t eliminate some or the other irritating snags which a re too difficult indeed to anticipate at the beginning of the project. But, rest assured, like everybody else, you too will be able to overcome these and move over t the next phase. That’s very basic with any kind of renovation project for any house.