It is time to give your kitchen and bathroom a facelift. You are excited to get some balls rolling on the different projects that will comprise the overall renovation. Kitchens and bathrooms often present a unique obstacle due to plumbing. In many rooms, you can move furniture and cabinets around without any real concern. This is not the case where sinks, toilets, and showers are concerned.
Kitchens are often the hub of a home. It is no surprise that more money is spent on kitchen renovations than any other home improvement project. It is important to take the time upfront to make a plan. If you plan well, the construction portion will go much smoother and you are more likely to stay within your budget. Experts recommend you spend at least six months designing and organizing and preparing. This time will help you stay firm in your decisions and not try to make last minute changes once construction has started.
Here are some tips to keep in mind as you prepare for the big renovation.
- Draw it out. It is not uncommon for people to opt for the larger fridge to later find out that it won’t fit through the doorway. Take measurements of everything and draw it out. Writing things down and visualizing where things will go and fit is very beneficial.
- Consider functionality. Think about how you use your current kitchen. How do you and your family move about the space? Take these things into consideration when planning your renovation. Kitchens get crowded quickly. An island might give you more counter space but it might make the aisles unreasonably small.
- Expect the unexpected. Even proper planning can’t account for all possible speed bumps. Give yourself some space around the remodel. Strict time constraints can up the stress-level of any project.
- Make decisions about materials before you get started. You don’t want to have to make countertop or cabinet decisions in the middle of a renovation. Knowing what you want also enable contractors to make more accurate bids. Don’t delay the project with decisions you could have easily made ahead of time.
- Seek out advice. Professionals are there for a reason. Designers and contractors can give you tips on what will work and what won’t.
If you can help it, avoid choosing a new layout the requires changing the location of pipes, electrical outlets, and walls. This can really increase the cost of a kitchen remodel. If possible, it is best to keep the original footprint in place. Appliances, walls, and water fixtures should stay in relatively the same location
Plumbing is especially important to work around. It is essentially the central system that you build around. Since the sink, dishwasher, and refrigerator will most likely stay in the same places, you will need to design the rest of your kitchen around these features. This is where proper planning plays a big role. These three key elements affect cabinetry, countertops, and flooring.
If you do decide to make major changes to the setup, you might need to professionals that provide electrical and plumbing repair services. You may also need to get an inspector involved. It most locations inspections are required during extensive renovations to make sure everything stays up to code.
Remodeling your kitchen can be an exciting endeavor. You spend months pouring over magazines and catalogs. The importance of planning cannot be overstated. Unless you are expecting to sink a lot of money into removing walls and redoing the plumbing, you might want to keep the general footprint the same. Design around the plumbing in your kitchen to save you money. Make all the decisions you can ahead of time so that once construction starts you are met with as few delays as possible.