It’s easy to understand how remodelling your kitchen can be one of the most expensive home projects. After all, it’s one of the things home-buyers usually consider, and if not done properly, it could end up costing you more down the line. So, here are four things you’d definitely want to consider when remodelling your kitchen.
Budgeting and Costs
Kitchen remodelling can cost you an arm and leg, so weighing up which projects to focus your expenses on can be really daunting. One thing you can do to ensure that your kitchen remodelling stays well within your budget is by having a list of all of the things you want to be changed in your kitchen and indicating how much money you are willing to spend on each. To have a better estimate, The Spruce suggests looking through magazines
and websites that talk about kitchen remodelling. If you can, it also pays to seek the advice of a local real estate agent to get an idea of how much value your renovation will add to your home. If you are running a little short on budget, you can look for home equity loans that are available for you, as well as financing options for updating cabinetry and appliances. You can also cut costs by doing some of the changes yourself or giving your cabinets a facelift instead of buying new ones.
Lighting and electricity
Designing a layout for your new kitchen doesn’t end with just deciding how the space should be used. It also includes thinking about where the lights, the appliances and the outlets are (or would be) located. Keeping the old electrical layout or wire plan is the best option since it will keep you from amassing more expenses, and rewiring an entire room can take up a lot of time. However, if it’s well within your budget, you can always change it up and have a few additions, especially if you want to have more lights or outlets. Just remember to mention it to your electrician early on and keep it to a minimum. Moreover, certain appliances require additional construction, wiring and plumbing, so it’s really important to take your appliances into consideration when laying the wires and changing up the electrical layout. If your budget can handle it, A post by The Balance
advises consulting an electrician and a plumber to make sure that your appliances are correctly installed and are working properly.
Plumbing and gas
Although you don’t often see them and possibly may not even really give them any thought once they’ve been laid down, your pipes are crucial to how well your kitchen works. You don’t want to come home one day and find your kitchen flooded, or be kept up at night by a leaky faucet. HomeServe currently service over 1.8 million customers across the UK
, and they recommend purchasing some sort of insurance for your plumbing and drainage systems in order to keep them in service for longer. Plumbing repairs can be very costly if not properly prepared for so it is always best to stay one step ahead – especially if you are making big changes to your kitchen. It’s also a good idea to retain the plumbing footprint or layout since doing otherwise means more expenses down the line.
Timeline and scheduling
Remodelling your kitchen takes a lot of planning, which is why Fine Home Building says it is not advisable to have your kitchen demolished
right off the bat. The best way to ensure that your kitchen remodelling stays on schedule is by having a solid plan that takes everything into consideration. And by everything, we mean appliances, cabinets, plumbing, ventilation, layout and design, paint colour – every single thing down to the last nail. Schedule a consultation with the plumber, electrician, and all the other subcontractors in advance and remember to ask them for quotations and time-frames. Sometimes, even when you’ve planned everything, unexpected things can still happen. That being said, it’s a good practice to have a schedule that factors in even these unexpected incidences. The kitchen is the heart and centre of most homes. It’s the place where everyone gathers to make food and memories. For more ideas, inspiration, tips, tricks, and all things related to your kitchen remodelling project, take a look at what else The Kitchen Shoppe has to offer