Your kitchen is more than a place to prepare and serve meals. Your kitchen is a place for gathering, for sharing meals, for nurturing friendships, and bonding family relationships. But as families grow and change, so do the needs of your kitchen. Perhaps you’re considering a kitchen remodel to meet the current needs of your lifestyle. But before you choose your new countertops and cabinets, it’s important to think about how you want your new space to work for you. In this month’s blog, we offer five tips for remodeling your kitchen.
1. Plan your kitchen space.
When remodeling your kitchen, it’s important to provide plenty of space between kitchen surfaces and within kitchen pathways. Plan for ample space where you can work or set down items throughout the prepping and cooking process. There should be 15 inches of working space on each side of the cooktop and the refrigerator. Also keep in mind the microwave and how you’ll need space where you can setup items. The paths within the kitchen should be wide enough to comfortably and efficiently get from one place to another. Ideally, a 36-48 inch width should be allocated for walkways.
2. Consider your kitchen plumbing and electricity needs.
As part of your remodel, you may want to relocate appliances, lighting, or plumbing to improve the functionality of your kitchen. Do note that this can significantly increase the cost of your project. A kitchen remodel is also an optimal time for moving electrical outlets and switch positions. But, depending upon the age of your home, your electrical outlets may have to be updated to today’s electrical codes.
3. Carefully choose your kitchen lighting.
Lighting can have a huge impact in making your kitchen look larger and brighter. Lighting not only ensures quality and safe working conditions, but also provides aesthetic enhancements to your kitchen design. Bright task lighting, such as under-cabinet lighting, and ambient lighting, such as flush-mounted ceiling lights, are excellent ways to highlight your kitchen’s design.
4. Be budget savvy, but quality-conscious.
The quickest way to go over your kitchen remodeling budget is when you change your mind on finishes and materials. Before you start work, decide where to save and where to splurge. Functionality and durability should be top priorities during kitchen remodeling. Resist low-quality bargains, and choose products that offer low maintenance with extended warranties. Not only can a remodeled kitchen refresh your living space but it may also increase your home’s value.
5. Know the scope of your kitchen remodel.
A complete kitchen remodel may require work on cabinets, counters, plumbing, and electrical. Depending on the scope of the project, a qualified design/build contractor may have their trade partners (especially the licensed ones) take a look at the project, too. As you remodel your kitchen, make sure you understand which of these items is included in the project and which is not. Working with a design-build contractor, such as Oxland Builders, gives you peace of mind knowing the entire project is coordinated and completed by one company—without any extra coordination on your part.
Kitchen Remodeling Services in NH
If you’re planning on remodeling your kitchen, the skilled craftsman at Oxland Builders will work with you to bring your kitchen remodel from concept to completion. Fully insured and licensed, the Oxland Builders team is here to make your dream kitchen a reality. To learn more about quality kitchen remodeling services, contact Oxland Builders.