After binge-watching any of those home remodelling shows, it can feel tempting to just take a sledgehammer to some area of your home that you don’t like. But let’s not get too carried away! If you’ve decided to take the plunge and remodel your kitchen, there are many different options and important factors to consider before you begin. To really understand what you want and need, here are a few good questions to ask yourself before planning a kitchen renovation. Determining your answers to these questions will help create a much smoother and hassle-free process for you and the crew that you hire.
What’s The Main Function Of Your Kitchen?
This may seem like a no-brainer question with an obvious answer, but not everyone uses their kitchen in the same way. There are some people who don’t spend a whole lot of time cooking at home, and there are others who utilize the kitchen mostly for entertainment purposes. For families, it may be the space that gets used the most, where the kids sit up at the countertop to get their homework done after school. Everyone has their different ways of using their kitchen. Avid cooks will need ample space to store their equipment and mixers, entertainers will focus on the luxury design features, and families will need good organization and as much space as possible.
What Is Your Budget?
Next up is probably one of the most important questions to ask yourself before planning a kitchen renovation – what’s your budget? The amount of money that you can invest into your remodel will dictate a lot about the design and scope of the project. Before you do anything, determine what you absolutely need to tackle in your kitchen. If your cabinets are crumbling or your stove doesn’t do the job any longer, take note of the essentials that need to be fixed or replaced, and what items can be a ‘maybe’ if your budget permits it.
Does The Current Layout Work?
Do you struggle to move around when you’re preparing a meal? Does it feel like your kitchen just doesn’t flow or make sense for you? Even though the layout of the kitchen can’t always be changed, there are always options that can mitigate what you don’t like about it. Spend time considering the storage, the amount of seating you have and what enhancements could improve it.
What’s Your Style?
The style and design of your kitchen should also work with the design throughout the rest of your home. If you prefer industrial, contemporary, modern, traditional, minimalistic or something else, make sure to incorporate your style into the new design, and consider the aesthetics of the rest of your home to make it flow.
When you’re planning a kitchen renovation, give us a call at Granstone. We are the go-to kitchen and countertop specialists in Ottawa. Our expert team is committed to delivering quality craftsmanship for each project we work on.