Tips For Your Kitchen Redesign

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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If you can only remodel one room in your home, your kitchen is a great choice. A redesigned and updated kitchen can increase the value of your home, and if you enjoy cooking and entertaining, it greatly increases your quality of life. The tips below can help you avoid pitfalls and get a kitchen remodel that you are happy with.

Put Your Budget Together

You'll need to make a budget, but you'll also need to build in room to go over budget because it's very common for this to happen with any kind of remodel. A common way to pay for a remodel is with a home equity line of credit. This allows you to get money for the equity that you have in your home. You can find out more about getting a HELOC, what kind of interest rates you can expect and tax information by reviewing a guide that can help you understand your options.

Think Practically

A big mistake that many people make when doing a kitchen remodel is failing to consider how they actually work in the space. Where appliances will go, traffic flow, and storage and counter space are among the things you should consider. Islands are very popular, but will one work for you? You might want to actually try constructing a temporary structure out of plywood just to get a sense of how it might work. If you do decide on an island, think about how you want to use it. For example, it can be for food prep and eating, or you could have a sink or dishwasher installed.

Get Help

You can hire a professional to do everything, or you can do it yourself, but it's a good idea to at least have a designer review your plans. On your own, there are almost certainly things that you have missed. A professional may also be able to suggest a solution that you have not considered.

Know Yourself

You're spending a lot of money on this project, so you might as well be honest with yourself. This is not a time to be aspirational and hope that if you pay for a high-end kitchen, it will turn you into a gourmet cook. If what you're really after is a place for family meals or just an update for some tired old cabinets and appliances, choose the design you want and not whatever is trendy right now. Keep in mind as well that trends come and go. What's hot right now may look dated in just a few years.

Tie It All Together

While you'll need to think about individual elements of the kitchen, you also need to make sure that they all work together. You love the color you've chosen for your walls and you love the color and design of your cabinets, but do they look good next to each other? What about your fixtures? What is the overall feel that you're going for? This is a place where a professional may be helpful as well, suggesting tweaks that tie the look together.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.