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Are you considering a kitchen remodel? You’re not alone. Kitchens are the second-most popular remodel project, coming up short to bathroom remodels by just 2% according to a 2016 survey.
It’s no wonder why - the kitchen is the heart of the home after all. Whether it’s cooking meals for family, entertaining guests, or feeding pets, our kitchens get a lot of use.
Times change, families grow, and technology improves, which may leave you feeling like your dated kitchen is no longer up to snuff. Luckily, there are plenty of projects that can help your kitchen into the 21st century - and make sure it suits your family’s changing needs.
If you’re one of the millions of people who will remodel their kitchen this year, take some time to do your research, and find the upgrades that will turn your outdated cooking space into the chef’s dream kitchen.
Read on for your complete guide to remodeling your dated kitchen, and get one step closer to making this central part of your home the absolute best it can be.
Examining Your Reasons for a Kitchen Remodel
Motivations for completing a kitchen remodel can come in many different forms, but you’ll want to narrow down your motivations as you get started on your renovations.
Whether you plan to remodel with style in mind, or you really need to increase the functionality of your cooking area, it’s important to start your remodel process by examining your reasons.
Crafting a clear understanding of what’s got you yearning for a new kitchen will help you work towards a final result that satisfies all your wants and needs.
If you’re renovating for style points
If it’s an aesthetic change you’re after, there are a few important questions to consider before demo gets underway.
Do you want your kitchen to match the period of your home? A dated, 80’s kitchen in a farmhouse-style home may stick out like a sore thumb. White shaker cabinets might blend in better than older melamine cabinets.
Do you want to switch to a more modern-looking cooking space? Installing a modern kitchen may be the biggest undertaking in modernizing a home, and a modern kitchen remodel paired with a few small updates throughout the remaining rooms can bring the whole house into the now.
If you’re remodeling your kitchen to improve function
Perhaps your kitchen remodel spawns from frustration with a kitchen that’s not quite functional. The addition of a new partner or a child who is just starting to come of cooking age may have you wishing for extra room for a second cook.
Additional counter space and wider walkways can make a world of difference in a cramped kitchen. A breakfast bar can create a place for the kids to eat somewhere out of the way on busy school-day mornings. Maybe your kitchen has never quite been functional, and you’re ready to install that island you’ve always wanted for additional prep space.
If functionality is your driving factor, be sure to consider the proposed layout of your new kitchen. A poorly designed layout may leave your kitchen feeling like more of a pathway between rooms than a functional space.
If there are multiple cooks in the kitchen, work aisles should be at least 48 inches wide, leaving each of you enough room to move around each other with ease.
If you’re environmentally conscious
For the eco-minded, energy efficiency may be an enormous motivation for a kitchen remodel. Dated kitchens are not always the most efficient, and energy-sucking appliances can be a detriment on both your pocket and on the environment. You may want to seek out water conserving and energy-efficient appliances and fixtures to conserve precious resources. You can also opt for more sustainable materials if you’ll be replacing your kitchen flooring, countertops, or cabinets.
Setting Your Budget for Remodeling Your Kitchen
The extent of your kitchen remodel is often largely determined by one significant factor: budget. In a 2015 survey about spending on kitchen remodels, the most common range was between $25k and $50k, with only 7% of respondents spending upwards of $100k on their kitchen remodels.
Where you land on the budget spectrum will help determine the scope of your project.
Unsure where to start with your budget? Let’s take a look at two essential steps:
Projects to Consider During Your Kitchen Remodel
If you’re remodeling a dated kitchen, you may find you’re ripping out the old to replace with the new. The bulk of your kitchen remodel may be comprised of big renovations, for which you might want to call in a professional.
Planning for the Unexpected
If you’re undergoing a major kitchen remodel, you may find that you won’t be able to do everything on your list. Whether it’s a matter of time or budget, things may not go as planned - and this can be especially true in older homes with dated kitchens.
So how do you plan for the unexpected? It’s all about priorities, which you can hone in by looking at the initial motivations for your remodel.
A kitchen remodel is a big undertaking—but don’t let that scare you away from this worthy project. With proper planning, the kitchen of your dreams may be only a remodel away. Consider your motivations, find great contractors to help make your vision a reality, and be flexible while renovations are underway.
For more help planning your kitchen remodel, be sure to check out the first of our four-part series, “Planning Your Home Renovation.”