Taking down walls has always been my favorite part of remodeling. I like the wide-open spaces it makes, and you never know what you might find inside them.
I lived in a duplex when I knocked down a wall and found a whole secret room on the other side, all set up with furniture and everything.
Your kitchen is more than just a place where you cook food; it’s the heart of your home.
It’s where family memories are made, and those memories will last much longer than any meal you put on the table.
Before you start tearing down walls, you should know what you want the result to be and how you will get there.
Here are a few quick tips to help you save money, time, and headaches when remodeling your kitchen.
1. Get the Answers You Need from a Professional
The people who design kitchens are exciting and often have great ideas.
A good designer won’t just tell you what they think is best for your kitchen. Instead, they’ll find out what you want, what you need, and how it can work with your budget and space.
2. Your Kitchen, Your Style
You might think this headline is about the color of your countertops, but it’s about something much more important.
Everyone has their way of cooking, and if your appliances and cabinets are set up to match your style, you’ll enjoy your time in the kitchen more.
I like to put my dishes and sinks on one side, my stove in the middle, and my prep area and fridge on the other side, but that’s just how I like to set up my kitchen.
Think about how you like to cook and keep in mind that this is the best time to change things to fit your style.
3. Preparation Is Key
Don’t ever “wing it” or say “I’ll figure it out later” when it comes to the layout of your kitchen because you’ll be sorry.
Draw out your plans, show them to family or friends, and ask them what they think.
You don’t have to use their suggestions, but they might have something valuable to say.
Just don’t forget to leave room for extra electrical outlets and recycling bins that people often forget.
4. Wide Walkways
If you have enough room, I can’t say enough good things about putting in wide paths.
If people don’t bump into each other, there won’t be a single accident that could have caused hot soup to spill all over the kitchen and the cook.
Also, it makes the whole place feel bigger, and when something good is cooking, people love to gather in the kitchen.
5. Check Out the Portfolios
You don’t want your kitchen to look exactly like someone else’s, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get some ideas from them.
Look at kitchens online, in-store catalogs, or in a showroom.
Find out what you like, what you love, and what you want to stay away from while you have the chance to make something unique.
A new kitchen is a great thing to build. It gives a house a breath of fresh air, a warm focal point, and does great things for the property value.
Just take the time to do it right, and you’ll have a beautiful new room that you can use every day for many years.
Don’t be afraid to ask a local kitchen expert for help, either. Even if you don’t follow their advice, they’re sure to have some exciting ideas.
Most importantly, don’t break down any walls until you’ve seen what’s on the other side!