It’s easy to lose track of what’s important when doing a kitchen remodelling. Sometimes you forget a small detail that is easy to fix later. Sometimes you discover that there’s something that should be done earlier. To help you plan ahead and make the most of your new kitchen project, we decided to give you a brief list of “do’s and don’ts” of kitchen remodelling. Be ready for your project before it happens!
Do’s and Don’ts of kitchen remodelling
Do – Think about your needs. You need to plan around your space and what exactly you are going to need in your new kitchen. Experiment using your current kitchen and think: what would you do different that could make the current experience better?
Don’t – Make it up on the go. Without proper planning, your kitchen remodelling can end up being more expensive than necessary. Not only that, you may actually find yourself with more problems than solutions, like having a counter top custom made and changing your mind about it later.
Do – Hire professionals to help you do the job. Even if you like do-it-yourself projects, there are some parts of the renovation that will require professional expertise. Be honest about your own abilities. When in doubt, call a pro.
Don’t – Think that the budget it written in stone. It’s always wise to budget your kitchen remodelling for more than the estimate. Usually between 15 and 20% more. Be prepared and avoid unnecessary pauses on the project.
Do – Keep everything organized. Phone numbers of stores and contractors, reference numbers of previous orders and everything related to your project, like deadlines. You need to be able to find the information as needed.
Don’t – Overspend. A good-looking kitchen can increase the value of your home, but it needs to reflect the reality of the house itself. If you spend way too much on your kitchen remodelling, you may not see much this investment again if you decide to sell the property later.
Do – Pay attention to the trends. Design changes, and we change with it. Pay attention to what’s new about kitchen design. It’s not only important for aesthetics, but design can also change usability and redefine the overall experience of using a kitchen.
Don’t – Go against the house’s style. Every home is designed with a style in mind. Sometimes you can transform it over the years and make it more modern. Sometimes you can’t. A great kitchen needs to look good, but also needs to fit in the space where it exists.
Do – Buy high-quality products. Even if your budget is tight, buy the best products you can. Remember that kitchens are used daily, so everything that’s in there needs to stand for a good amount of time. Bad quality cabinets, for example, will have to replaced sooner, and you can end up spending more money.
If you want to look around and start getting ideas for your new kitchen remodelling, take a look at our Scavolini Gallery for a taste of italian design kitchens. Or feel free to stop by at 1854 West 4th Ave. Vancouver, BC. If you have any questions on how can we make your new kitchen even better, contact us.