Your Kitchen Remodeling Guide, Courtesy of Renaissance.

Your Kitchen Remodeling Guide, Courtesy of Renaissance.

Your kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home. If you’re looking for a tips & tricks to remodeling a gorgeous kitchen, you’re likely planning the kitchen of your dreams.

Problem is that sometimes when we’re seeing so many ideas and pictures of our dream kitchens, we get confused and overwhelmed. This can lead us to make decisions about remodeling our kitchen that we end up regretting later.

It’s important to have a clear mind about what you not only want, but what is best for your entire household before you start making final decisions about your kitchen remodeling.

This post is going to show you how to avoid any regrets later with your decisions. Below you’ll find 7 tips on building a beautiful and functional kitchen for your home.

#1 – Plan Around Your Family Habits – One of the most important things about kitchen remodeling that people tend to forget about is the fact that they and their family are going to be spending a great deal of time in there.

If you’re planning on remodeling your kitchen but not thinking about the kids (and even the family pets) then it could lead to some heartache later. For instance, one simple thing that people don’t consider is the placement of the microwave.

If you have small kids, about the only way they can help themselves in the kitchen is using the microwave. Making sure that the microwave is within reach of your kids is one way to not regret a remodeling decision where they’re calling you in to help every time they’re ready to snack.

You’ll also want to consider your cooking habits, and who does the cooking. Is it a family affair? Is it one person who does most of the cooking? Whoever it is should have a ton of say in where the cooking area is positioned, all the way down to where the cooking utensils are placed.

Bottom line, considering all of this will greatly reduce chances of regret after you’re kitchen remodeling project is finished.

#2 – Plan for Entertaining – Think about your last party(s) you had at your house. I bet a great deal of the time was spent in the kitchen chatting. That’s where people seem to always migrate.

Knowing this allows you to plan for efficient entertaining. For instance, the last thing that you want is to have your back to guests while you’re cooking and preparing the food. Some of the best times can be had in the kitchen sipping wine, snacking on appetizers, while you…the host…prepares the main courses.

Why miss the fun? Plan your kitchen remodeling so that your stove faces the guests using a island design with a cook-top, or at the very least your stove positioned so that you’re sideways facing your guests.

#3 – Think About Lighting – Many people make lighting the after-thought of the kitchen. But it’s extremely important to have the right lighting. In fact not having ample lighting in your kitchen, or the wrong type of lighting (think the blinking strobe light on “Joe VS. The Volcano”) will have you quickly begin regretting the lighting decision on your kitchen remodeling plans.

There are different types of lighting that you’ll want to think about.

First is the task lighting. You’ll want to make sure you have lighting strategically placed over your work areas whether it be your stove or counter tops.

Next you’ll want to plan lighting for the ambiance of your kitchen. Lighting can either make or break the mood of your kitchen instantly. Softer lighting that doesn’t create glare and weird shadowing is something that you’ll want to highly consider.

Also since you want your kitchen to look amazing, it’s also important to think about decorative lighting. If you’re on a tighter budget or working with limited space, then this could coincide with the ambient lighting. You’ll just want to carefully consider your lighting fixtures, while pairing with features like dimmer switches etc.

#4 – Don’t Let Tile Options Get You Down – One of the toughest decisions you’ll have to make when it comes to your kitchen remodeling project is the tile. There are a few different places where tile will be applicable. You’ve got the floor tile, counter top tile, as well as backsplash tile.

The most important thing to think about are the people within your household. For instance if you have children, your choices will obviously be different than if it’s just you, or you and a significant other with no plans of children.

Highly consider safety when it comes to floor tile, and clean up, heat, and durability when it comes to counter and backsplash tile. You’ll be well ahead of the game when it comes to your kitchen remodeling.

#5 – Lose the Clutter with Ample Storage Space – Nothing will have you more annoyed, and regretting your kitchen remodeling choices more than looking around a couple weeks or months later, and realizing your kitchen is cluttered. More specifically…cluttered because of lack of storage space.

These days there are some really innovative ideas for maximizing storage space in even the smallest of kitchens. For instance, where corner areas were basically a huge wasteland when it comes to storage space, can now be utilized with “Lazy Susan” type of shelving. Even better yet with corner drawers. The entire corner actually pulls out. It’s a great use of that space.

Another great thing that can give you a ton more room for storage is utilizing the space under the cabinets for drawers. This is a newer idea that works out great, especially in a smaller kitchen.

#6 – Dress up the Place with Hardware – When you’re planning your kitchen remodeling, the hardware that you choose will be the icing on the cake that finishes up the look you go for.

Choosing hardware can be daunting, simply because there are so many out there. First think about the mood you were trying for in the first place. Were you going for the cottage look, the ultra modern look, or rustic? Once you decide that…you’ll want to think about your lighting fixtures and your appliances.
And then think about endurance. Your hardware is going to get a ton of use. So be mindful of how they’ll hold up over years of use, and hopefully still be appealing.

Narrowing down you choices like this will make it easier so that you’re choosing from a few designs rather than dozens. Whittle down to 3 very different designs so that the favorite will stand out in the forefront as the clear winner.

#7 – Realize that You’re Creating an Investment – Your anxiety of cost will likely play in your mind quite a lot during your kitchen remodeling adventure. One way to ease this will be to understand that remodeling the kitchen is one of the best and surest ways to increase the value of your home.

In a recent National Association of Realtors survey that questioned the top 10 home improvements that affect what home buyers are willing to pay for a home, five out of the ten improvements had to do with the kitchen. So you can rest assured that your kitchen remodeling will do much good when it comes to your home’s value.

And there you have it. Now moving forward, rest assured you’ll avoid the regret bug when it comes to your new kitchen remodeling project.

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