10 Questions to Ask Before You Begin Your Kitchen Remodel

Few home remodeling projects have more benefits — and more headaches— than a big kitchen remodeling task. If you hire a General Contractor (GC) to manage a major job that expands the kitchen footprint, costs can easily fall within the six-figure range. If you have the confidence to do the job yourself, it may take a number of months to complete, and you may need to live without a kitchen for a good part of that time.

But a gleaming new kitchen will make your home more livable and increase the equity value of your property, just like a few other remodeling projects can do. A great new kitchen will be at the heart of family life and can be the center of social gatherings. A fully remodeled kitchen is certainly a project worth time, money, and effort, and you can avoid being overwhelmed if you fully understand the steps that go into the process before you start. 

  • How many people are using the kitchen? 

The needs of the family will necessarily be different from the needs of the empty-nester. A family might want food storage to be lower or a microwave more accessible so that older children can help themselves with their after-school snack, while a couple might opt for an island with a cooktop and a bar sink. 

  • How often are you eating or having fun? 

Serious entertainers may want wall ovens, under-counter beverage refrigerators, or even additional appliances, so the layout will need to accommodate these accessories while preserving a clean, uncluttered counter room.

Will you need some dining space? If you want, consider space-saving choices, such as folding bar stools or designs that tuck under a counter or work island.  If even modest space exists, the island of the kitchen may be a worthy option.

  • What are your must-haves?

Homeowners should have an understanding of their “must-have” features as well as their secondary or “nice-to-have,” features. At the end of the day, the budget will decide which items should make it into the final plan.

  • Where is your work triangle going to fit in?

In a small space, try to achieve the “work triangle,” the ideal arrangement between the stove, the refrigerator and the sink. Rolling carts provide storage and workspace, and their versatility frees up built-in space to accommodate the triangle.

  • How can you maximize your storage space?

Cabinets up to the ceiling line are perfect for occasional storage, such as holiday bakery and turkey dishes. They’re also a great opportunity to use convenient step stools!

  • Do you use every bit of space?

Pull-out interiors and revolving carousels will make access to difficult corners much easier. Even the organizers of drawers can make a big difference. Better organization translates into more space, and a little kitchen that’s a bonus.

  • What’s going to be on display?

An uncluttered look is essential in a small kitchen. A lot of people like the decorative effect of glass doors on cabinets, but always ask yourself, “What’s going behind the glass?” Stemware can look gorgeous; not so much canned goods.

  • Is there anything you could be part of?

Clearing your cabinets before demolition gives you the perfect opportunity to take stock of what you have. Purge the broken springform pans and the old electric juicers! Save what you’re really using and get rid of the rest of it.

  • What colors or surfaces are visually expanding the space?

Lighter colors and reflective surfaces, such as stainless steel, chrome and high-gloss fronts, tend to open up a small room. But never underestimate the magic of the sun! Undercabinet lighting and other options may make small, gloomy spaces more attractive.

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