We know how exciting -as well as daunting- remodeling your kitchen can be! You need to be smart, and have some clever strategies and solutions to spend less, and gain more when renovating the kitchen!
The kitchen is the heart of a home. We all know that! And there is nothing nicer than coming home to a welcoming and warm kitchen, that invites you to sit, grab a quick snack and simply hang out with your family…
The kitchen is where breakfasts, lunches and dinners happen; it’s where everything homemade is made. It’s a safe and cozy place, ergo it should always be impeccable. If you feel you need to remodel your kitchen, go for it! It’s totally worth it, but before you start, here are a few tips and advice:
Plan it out first
Don’t move a finger before you know what you’ll do. Do a bit of research, see what style of kitchen you like, work out a budget and determine on what you’ll spend. In fact the planning should take longer than the actual remodeling, because if you plan well, the amount of time you’re inconvenienced by construction chaos, will be minimized. There’s less likelihood of you changing around things, if you plan before (you’ll see it will cost you more!) and definitely less chance of going over budget… so start planning ahead!
Scratch and dent appliances will be your best friends
Remodeling a kitchen goes beyond mere design. If some home appliances don’t work, or aren’t in an optimal state, then consider changing them. This is when refurbished appliances will become your besties! You could pay up to half their price, when buying scratch and dent appliances, just make sure you purchase them at a trusted retailer.
Accessories: Use them!
Don’t be afraid of kitchen accessories, such as cabinets, hooks, and shelves. For example, you can place a shelf beside or behind the range to keep cooking oils, utensils, and spices handy. Place S hooks on the side of the range hood to hang frequently used pots and pans… Be creative, get ideas from internet, and save spaces too!
Choose the right colors palette for your kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of a home, so from the moment you step into it you need to feel warm and welcome. The colors you pick should do this, plus reflect your personality and charm, and it’s very important you take into account the size of your kitchen! Bear in mind that dark color schemes shrink an already small space and make it less inviting. Soft shades and paler hues on kitchen cabinets and natural light to visually expand a small room. These don’t necessarily need to be white, they could be cream, bone, ivory, pearl, or even pale versions of beige.
Reuse and recycle: Don’t waste material
Try and giving your kitchen a different look, or style and be environmentally friendly while you’re at it! Don’t waste any materials, try and reuse everything you’ve in hand and give it a very personal twist. For instance you can use wooden pellets you’ve lying around the house for decoration or for planting certain flowers, empty jars as flower pots, and so forth.
Keep basic locations & outlets
One of the most expensive things when it comes to renovating is changing around the electric outlets or plumbing pipes. In order to stay in the budget and better vouch for other expenses, we suggest you to keep them as they are: don’t move them around. Use the existing piping and utility layout.
Go for it, you’ll have a great time renovating the kitchen. It’s a new house project and it feels great to get involved in the entire process! Start renovating so you can enjoy your new kitchen as soon as possible!