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Things to Consider Before Remodeling Your Kitchen

No one wants to cook gourmet meals in an old, cramped kitchen. Kitchen remodeling gives homeowners an opportunity to update the look of their kitchen and improve its overall function. When done right, it can breathe new life into your home and even increase the value of your property.

There are some things you need to do and consider to ensure that the project runs smoothly. Here are 3 things to consider before remodeling your kitchen.

Layout

For most homes, the kitchen wears many hats. Over the years, the kitchen has transformed from a space that is solely used for cooking and preparing meals to a multi-purpose room, where family and friends all tend to congregate.

Figure out the layout you want for your kitchen. If you often entertain guests, an open kitchen layout is the best option for you. Without walls to separate the kitchen and dining area, family and friends will be close enough so the conversation flows easily. It is also ideal for families with young kids so you can look after your kids while preparing meals.

Budget

Remodeling your kitchen is a big project and is often expensive. Before you begin your remodel, it is important to determine how much you are willing to spend. Make sure that your budget aligns with what you have in mind. Dreaming of a huge island, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances make no sense if you are on a tight budget.

Although kitchen renovations can increase the value of your home, it is best to keep the renovation cost to about 15% of your home’s value to avoid over-improving. This way, you can be sure that you can recoup your investment when the time comes that you need to sell the house.

Functionality

We understand that you want to have a beautiful kitchen. But more than the aesthetics, you want to make sure that the kitchen is functional. When planning for a kitchen renovation, you need to consider where you’ll be placing your plates, pots, pans, baking equipment, cutting board spices, and other items in your kitchen. Everything should have its own place. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a messy, cluttered kitchen.

This is also where plumbing and pipe re-routing should be greatly considered. If you are overhauling your kitchen completely, and need new plumbing, you will want to think about the plumbing placement and functionality of the new layout. Putting things like your kitchen sink or dishwasher in a new area of your kitchen takes careful planning and should be done with the help of a professional.

If you are considering a kitchen remodel this year, the experts at High 5 Plumbing can help with your kitchen planning and plumbing placements. Call us for an estimate on your new kitchen remodel today!