17 Tips for Designing Your Own Kitchen

17 Tips for Designing Your Own Kitchen

Tips for a Kitchen Remodel

More than half of home buyers believe that remodeling their kitchen made a significant impact on their purchasing decision. While the kitchen is also referred to as the heart of the home, majority of time spent at home is actually cooking and entertaining. Therefore, why not make the kitchen area designed to function more efficiently for these types of activities?

It takes less to remodel your kitchen than to sell your home. 65% of people have home improvement projects planned with only 10% considering the purchase of a new home. Remodeling the kitchen can offer the home buyer a 68.7% return of investment on their overall home value.

6 Steps to Remodeling a Kitchen

Follow these five easy steps to remodel your kitchen and plan effectively.

1. Get Ideas
Gather ideas from magazines, social media sites, shows, and websites. Look at your neighbor’s kitchens to see what you like or dislike and check out your local stores and showrooms. Decide on your preferred layout design.

Women tend to choose a G-shaped layout while men are more likely to choose a gallery kitchen. Overall, the U-shaped layout remains the most popular overall among 34% of people.

2. Prepare a Budget
Decide where you prefer your money to go. What do you want the most and where do you want to spend and save throughout the remodel.

3. Get Permits
Acquire any necessary permits for electrical, plumbing, structural, or mechanical needs.

4. Find a Designer
Use the yellow pages, Google, advertisements, or word to mouth to consult with a designer over your project and ideas.

5. Choose Appliances
Choose energy star appliances such as refrigerators that can save 15-80% in cost and energy over older and other models. Hand washing can also use 5000 more gallons of water per year than an energy efficient dishwasher.

6. Select Materials
Lastly, select the materials you want for the countertops, flooring, and cabinetry. Go with a countertops and flooring that are both easy to maintain, durable, and visually appealing. Choose cabinetry that matches your design theme and appeal keeping in mind its durability and maintenance.
Posted on Aug 11, 2013


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