Is it time to remodel your kitchen? The kitchen is the heart of your home and a modern modular kitchen is not only space saving, it's also a joy to cook in because intelligent storage solutions, modern appliances and careful planning make even a small sized kitchen super functional and efficient. You will find so many experts providing tips on kitchen remodelling, but rarely do you find a list of planning mistakes to avoid.
Here's a quick list of things you ought to keep in mind when you decide to remodel your kitchen.
1. Hire A Kitchen Planner
You may think you're the best judge of what you need in the kitchen, and of course, your requirements will take precedence, but only an expert can come up with the smartest layout based on your specific requirements. An experienced designer will save you both time and money by heading off potential problems while they also help you maximize the storage, suggest smart substitutes for high-end materials, provide tile and cabinetry suggestions, and also help you source the best appliances for your kitchen. A professional kitchen layout will be the best starting point for your remodel.
2. Choosing cabinetry wisely
The biggest mistake you can make is choosing cheap cabinetry that only looks good. Yes, that smart blue and yellow kitchen made with cheap plywood might look stunning today, but it will start to chip and flake before the year is up.
Your designer will help you out with good cabinetry that will stand the test of time. If you don’t want to hire a designer for the actual remodel, but only wish to consult them on the design, it falls upon you to do your research and find the best materials, finishes and brands that will help you make your dream kitchen. From custom to stock, your options are many, based on your budget. However, if you choose the best cabinetry but scrimp on hardware and internal fittings, your beautiful cabinets will be crooked in no time. Make sure you concentrate on the best cabinetry you can afford, both inside and outside.
While modern appliances will definitely simplify your life, it’s a good idea not to go overboard. Appliances are expensive these days, especially if you plan to have the built-in variety. So think long and think hard… what appliances are a must-have for your lifestyle?If your budget is tight, go with the basics – a good stainless steel or a glass top cooking range, an efficient chimney and a reliable microwave. Spend your money on buying high quality, not quantity. If you have more money and also like to experiment a lot with different cuisines, a built-in oven is also a good idea. Remember, most of us neither need nor use a 6 burner cooking range; so don’t spend your money there.
A common mistake with kitchen remodeling projects is not just a poor lighting layout during planning and designing, but also poor lighting selections. Don’t leave lighting for last, picking whatever fits your budget at that point. Instead, address lighting right at the beginning of the project. Good looking lighting fixtures are not expensive, yet they can transform the look and feel of your kitchen with minimal effort. Choose wisely, your kitchen lighting layout must be functional while also being decorative at the same time.
5. Pay Attention to Kitchen Tiles
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Whether you're choosing tiles for the kitchen floor or the backsplash, do not leave this decision for the end. It’s an important design element and must complement your cabinetry since there is so much of it. The wrong size, colour or a dated design will mar the look of an otherwise beautiful kitchen. Keep the flooring simple if your cabinetry is in wooden tones or uses bright colours and pick a two-tone tile design in case your cabinetry is simple. For an impactful and impressive design, let your backsplash tile become a decorative accent as much as a functional design component. Pay attention to the details and choose a tile in the right colour, scale and shape.
Everyone worries about how their kitchen looks but don’t forget to pay close attention to what’s on the inside. The shelves and drawers must be sturdy and the modular fittings must be smooth working. The tiles and countertops must be installed correctly on a level, strong base. Do not be seduced by what’s on the surface: It’s what’s behind the facade that makes or breaks a successful kitchen remodel project.