Are you sick and tired of looking at your kitchen after so many years of use? Are you picturing something newer, more modern, and updated in a way that better suits your lifestyle needs?
While a kitchen renovation can be a new and exciting time of change, it can also be quite daunting and stressful. Not only do you have to get the design right, but you need to ensure the remodel is built to last, without shortcuts that can lead to maintenance problems in the future.
For your benefit, here are 5 tips for a successful kitchen renovation:
- Set up a temporary kitchen. Have you realized that your kitchen is going to be out of action while the remodel is taking place? Having nowhere to prepare food, cook, or make a morning coffee can become a nightmare. That’s why it’s recommended to put your old cabinets to good use and set yourself up a temporary kitchen. Take a few of your favorite appliances, such as a coffee maker, mini-fridge, toaster, with a few items of cutlery and crockery and get them set up elsewhere in the house.
- Don’t order countertops until the cabinets are in place. The row of cabinets may have different measurements from those in the plans, due to out-of-square walls. Therefore, you shouldn’t jump the gun with this one. Always be patient and get the cabinets installed and use them to measure the size needed for the ordering of countertops.
- If you’re considering installing an island, then try it out first. Have you first examined how an island with effect how your kitchen functions? While it gives you more work space and shelf space, it can also remove the ability to move around. This is can be quite restrictive if more than one person is going to be using the kitchen at any one time. A superb way to test out whether it works for you is to make an island out of cardboard or plywood and leave it for a few days while you continue using your kitchen.
- Be careful with floor gaps by double-checking measuring. If you’re replacing cabinets, but sticking with your current floor, then there could be gaps. You should ensure that the total width of the new cabinets matches the overall width of those that are being replaced. You can use molding to hide any gaps that are smaller than approximately ¾ inches.
- Enhance your counter space by installing under-cabinet storage racks. You may want to make your kitchen more effective in the way it makes use of space, especially if it’s already quite crowded and cluttered. One of the best ways to do this is by getting pull-down racks. These can be used to hold onto essentials, such as a collection of knives and spices. The utilize hinges and so you can install them below a cabinet, where they’ll remain relatively hidden out of the way until you need to use them by pulling them down.