Top 5 Things to Consider Before You Redesign Your Kitchen

Who wouldn’t be excited with the possibility of a new beautiful kitchen? Imagine a kitchen in your home that matches functionality with luxury and budget. Do you have the image? Now, take a step back, before you jump into getting your kitchen redesigned, and consider these five things before you get to color and style:

Budget – Let’s talk money first and get that out of the way. A complete kitchen remodel according to the current market dictates about a 65.3% return on a kitchen renovation at the time of the sale. Most kitchen remodels budgets cost between 65 and 68 percent of your home’s value. If you want to splurge on specific items in your kitchen consider if they will add long-term value to your home, such as efficient appliance and durable materials. And just like having a prudent reserve, we suggest saving 10% of your entire budget for unexpected challenges like electrical mishaps.

Condition & Age – If you own an older home, taking care of the structure first will ensure your new kitchen outlast your time in the house. Expect electrical and plumbing concerns, such as moving pipes*,  if you are changing appliances and lighting. If you are doing a semi or complete layout change, have your contractors check the sub-floors or joists before installing flooring and cabinets.

Homeowner Lifestyle – The days of “hiding” in the kitchen have been long over. Now, family cooks want to be apart of the overall living space, so they can watch children play or talk to their loved ones as they prepare their meal. When planning your redesign, consider the adjoining rooms, will you knock out walls to feel included in your family’s everyday life?
Of course, kitchens are no longer just for cooking. Will your children be doing their homework in there? Will you add an office nook for you or your loved one to pay bills or do you need the space enlarged for all the entertaining you will be doing? Also, an important question to ask yourself is how often you cook and what you cook, because you will need to know how much workspace you will need to complete your meals.

Layout/Size –  The size of your kitchen will determine the layout of your kitchen. Every nook and cranny counts in small kitchens, but in large kitchens having several work triangles will make a difference.

But you don’t have to be limited by the walls you have. Sometimes removing a wall (or two) moving a window and such can make a major difference in the layout possibilities and giving you the option to really create the right kitchen for your lifestyle.

Industry Regulations – If you are doing your kitchen yourself, we recommend reaching out to NKBA to see what design resources and experts are in your area. If you are considering hiring an expert kitchen designer, check to make sure they are tested for their industry competency by completing what they need to become a certified kitchen designer. Certified Kitchen Designers are held to rigorous standards, and their knowledge can be a vital resource.

Now that you know the five areas on considering before you move forward to redesign your kitchen, spend some time planning, researching, and budgeting. Get all the hard questions answered and you can move onto the more fun parts of stylizing and exciting pieces of your kitchen design.

Comments (12)
  • Elina Brooks
    | 18 January 2023

    Our kitchen looks quite worn out now since our house is also quite old now as well, so I was thinking of remodeling the place soon if I want to continue using it often. I agree when you said that we should consider how often we cook and what we cook when remodeling the kitchen since this will help determine how much workspace we need for meal preparation. I’ll be sure to keep this in mind when speaking with a kitchen remodeling contractor to hire for the project soon.

  • Elaina D'Agostino
    | 19 May 2023

    It was really interesting to know that the average kitchen remodel costs about 65% to 68% of the home’s value. But I guess it’s understandable since a lot of work goes into the kitchen. I think a lot of built-in appliances and storage could be found in the kitchen.

  • Clare Martin
    | 29 August 2023

    It was quite an interesting suggestion when you told us to consider removing a wall or two in our kitchen to make the area a part of the overall living space and make the kitchen no longer just for cooking. I’ve been remodeling my grandmother’s house in Cheyenne slowly over the past few months, and the next space to work on will be the kitchen next month. I’ll keep this in mind while I look for a kitchen remodeling contractor in Cheyenne to hire for help with this project soon.

  • Lily Bridgers
    | 19 September 2023

    I’m delighted you took the time to explain to me how the arrangement of your kitchen would depend on its size. I just had no idea that in tiny kitchens, every little space counts, yet in large kitchens, having many work triangles will make a difference. This is the finest piece of news I’ve heard all week since I’ve been wanting to work with a kitchen renovation contractor who can help brighten up the area with warm hues that jump out in all the right places. I’m so thrilled to find someone who can make this come true for me soon!

  • Taylor abrams
    | 21 September 2023

    It’s pretty good that according to the present market, a full kitchen makeover should generate roughly a 65.3% return on investment when the home is sold. I just didn’t know that most kitchen renovation expenses range from 65 to 68 percent of the value of your property. This may be the reason I’m trying to justify getting a kitchen renovation done that is all out with contractors and designers who can help me create my dream space.

  • Clare Martin
    | 23 September 2023

    My aunt plans to get the kitchen of her house in Tweed Heads renovated next month since the place looks quite worn out compared to the rest of the rooms in her residence since she uses it often. It was a useful piece of advice when you told us to consider only splurging on kitchen items that we think can add long-term value to our home, such as efficient appliances and durable materials if we want to budget the costs properly. I’ll keep this in mind while I look for a remodeling contractor working in Tweed Heads to recommend to my aunt for her kitchen renovation project soon.

  • Clare Martin
    | 29 September 2023

    It was a good tip when you told us to think about the adjoining rooms when we are designing our kitchen since we can consider including the kitchen as part of our overall living space by knocking out walls so that we can see our children play or talk while we prepare meals. I need to have the kitchen inside my home in Jupiter remodeled next month since it’s one of the few places in the house that looks overly worn out. I’ll take note of this suggestion and look for a kitchen remodeling contractor working in Jupiter to hire for this project soon.

  • Anna Collins
    | 3 October 2023

    It’s good that you mentioned that a full kitchen remodel usually costs between 65 and 68 percent of the home’s value, so we should consider only splurging on items in our kitchen that will last long or give us long-term value. I need to get my kitchen remodeled soon since I had a mold issue here last week, and I want to make sure it doesn’t return ever again by changing the layout of the kitchen and fixing up defects. I’ll take note of this while I look for a remodeling contractor working in Oakdale to hire for our kitchen project soon.

  • Sam Andrews
    | 4 October 2023

    Next year, my neighbor plans to redo her entire house from top to bottom. The way you encouraged us to make sure our remodeling budget is within our financial capability sounds great to me. Well, she could use this insight as guidance to find the right contractor for the project.

  • Elle Jones
    | 15 October 2023

    Since our house is also getting on in age and our kitchen looks fairly worn out, I was considering rebuilding it soon if I want to keep using it frequently. You made a great point about how while renovating the kitchen, we should think about how frequently and what we prepare because this will help determine how much space we need for meal preparation. When I meet with a kitchen remodeling contractor to employ for the project shortly, I’ll make sure to keep this in mind.

  • Eli Richardson
    | 20 October 2023

    It’s interesting to learn that we’d understand the layout of our kitchen before starting to renovate it. We’re glad to announce that we’re finally remodeling our kitchen next month. My wife and I are working on redesigning the kitchen to ensure we have enough storage and cooking space, and your insight will surely help us.

  • Lily Bridgers
    | 27 October 2023

    It’s intriguing to find that before beginning to modify our kitchen, we would comprehend its layout. We’re happy to report that next month, we’ll finally rebuild our kitchen. Your advice will be very helpful to my wife and me as we try to rebuild the kitchen so that we have enough room for cooking and storage.

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