What Should You Not Do When You Remodel a Kitchen?

Your kitchen is a significant space within your home. It is a place where you gather with friends and family, where most people spend quite a bit of time and a space that can make or break your home. Although a new kitchen remodel is highly sought after, it can be a costly investment that shouldn’t be taken lightly. While getting a new roof, for example, is something that homeowners have no choice in, for the most part. (1) A new kitchen is considered more of a luxury remodel. However, there are many more components to consider in a kitchen remodel than in a roof replacement. Because of this, many different things could go very wrong.

Go Without a Plan

The kitchen is a complex room with lots of different things going on. This is why a to remodel is a significant investment. From the cabinets to the appliances, countertops, flooring, fixtures, and more, you can bet that something is bound to go wrong without the proper plan. Planning any remodeling job is important, but for your kitchen, you need to be extra at the planning step. Take your time to figure out what you want out of your kitchen. Do you cook a lot? Are you a microwave warrior? Do you like your current layout? Is the layout okay but outdated? Finding answers to these questions will start your plan.

The plan needs to be what level of kitchen reno you are looking at. Some people need new countertops, backsplash, and sinks, while others are looking for a complete gut job and overhaul. The depth of what is needed will mean the depth of what needs to be planned. Once you know this, you will need to start looking at the budget for a contractor you feel comfortable with and, of course, the materials. The materials will be the most costly part of the entire project. What appliances, cabinets, lighting, and such you want will be what will determine the budget.

Don't Forget About the Budget

You may have had a budget before you even started with a plan. Either way, once you figure out the plan, the budget is going to need to be looked at. Do you have a reasonable budget for your expectations? A kitchen remodels can cost anywhere between $10K-130K or more. (2) This will, of course, depend on several factors, but the materials you choose are the main factor. It is important to remember that you have a budget and not to go over budget.

Going over budget can be so easily done. Once you start looking at the various options for all the components that go into a kitchen remodel, it is easy to get caught up and not pay close enough attention to the costs. Because of this, it is recommended that you build in a 20% cushion in your budget. This will help cover any unexpected expenses, such as an upgrade for the sink model you have chosen. The budget is important, and you must stick with it.

Should you need help with remaining within your budget, Exceptional Exteriors and Renovations would be happy to help. With our 25 years of experience in the remodeling industry, we have worked with clients with various budgets to get the kitchen of their dreams. Our team of experts is there to help you understand areas where you can find some potential savings in order to splash out a little in other areas. Call today at 704-201-5964 to find out more.

Rush the Process

Upon entering into a kitchen renovation, many people don’t stop to put full thought into their renovation. They want to get that new kitchen now. However, this is a process that will take a little time. We want to ensure that we all are on the same page as far as the budget and design. What materials do you want to utilize, right down to what color? Having a budget and idea is only the beginning. This process will have many decisions that will need to be made and shouldn’t be rushed. After all, this is a large project, and you should expect it to take some time, especially in the planning process.

While planning does take time, you want to find a contractor that will execute the final plan as quickly as possible. Having a home with a torn-up kitchen is a bit of a disaster. You need to plan for those days too!

Things to avoid when you remodel a kitchen

Forget To Plan What You Will Do During the Renovation

Renovating your kitchen will mean that your kitchen will be out of order. This could lead to many problems if you forget to plan this out carefully. Many of our clients forget this step. You will need a place to prepare and store food while the kitchen is getting its overhaul. This could mean moving the current fridge to another room. Or, if you are getting new appliances, have them set up somewhere else in the interim. 

However, you will need ways to prepare your food as well. Microwaves are a good option and can be set up just about anywhere. You should also invest in a hot plate of some sort. Furthermore, you will need a place to clean the dishes as well. Many of our clients will opt to utilize paper plates and disposable cutlery during the project. However, you will still have some pots and pans that will need to be cleaned. This is usually done in a bathtub.  

You also need to ensure that you have all your kitchen cleaned out and stored away before renovations can begin, in many cases. You don’t want to leave all of your personal items in the cabinets while we are working on them. This means that you will need a plan as to where you can store those items while the new kitchen is being built.

Why Consider Exceptional Exteriors and Renovations?

While there are many projects that you can do yourself, a kitchen remodels simply isn’t one of them. That’s the last thing that we would say about things not to do for your kitchen remodel is to attempt it on your own. There are too many moving parts and components to consider for the average homeowner. When you are ready for a professional to help you get that kitchen of your dreams, contact Exceptional Exteriors and Renovations.

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