Is A Kitchen Remodel On Your List For 2018?

Is A Kitchen Remodel On Your List For 2018?

Newest Trends For Kitchen Remodel Designs

For 2018, there are so many possibilities for kitchen remodel designs and arrangements thanks to new technologies, innovations and designers’ imagination.

There is a plethora of advice when it comes to designing your dream kitchen; however, advice changes as fashions change. One minute everything is stainless steel, the next it is retro and pastels. The most important thing to remember about kitchen design is to start with the basics. Forget trends for a moment, and concentrate on the goal of your remodeling project: Is it about space and layout? Are you looking for a brighter more functional kitchen?

Before you start shopping for the latest in kitchen materials and appliances, understand the space you have to work with; know what appliances you need and want for the kitchen; how much lighting do you need; and most importantly, how much money can you afford to spend.

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Space is most often a basic need when remodeling a kitchen

Over the years, kitchens have become larger and have been integrated into the open floor plan. So, space is most often a basic need when remodeling a kitchen. Before you start ripping down walls, speak with an architect or certified kitchen planner for ideas. They may be able to work with your current layout without the expense of taking space from another room.

Work with an architect or certified kitchen planner for ideas

One way to save money on a kitchen remodel is to keep your current layout. This doesn’t mean that your stove or refrigerator can’t be moved around to a different location, but keep in mind that moving gas pipes (for your stove), water lines for sinks, dishwashers and ice makers can be expensive.

New High Tech Kitchen appliances come in all sizes and shapes

Next, determine the appliances you want to have in the kitchen.

Appliances come in all sizes and shapes and their own utility requirements. Stoves require various depths and widths and can be gas or electric. Microwave Ovens can sit on counters, on a shelf, microwave drawers, or come as built-ins that look like a second oven. All will require an electrical outlet and space depending on the type you choose.  Dishwashers and refrigerators may need extra wiring or plumbing depending on where they are located. Warming Drawers usually require extra support for their weight. Range hoods require certain size vent ducts.

In older homes, the kitchen lighting left something to be desired. There was one ceiling light in the middle of the kitchen and usually a small window over the sink. Lighting can change a drab kitchen into a spectacular one. There are many ways to add light to your kitchen. You could replace old windows with larger ones; use recessed lighting, under cabinet lights, pendant lights and even floor lighting.

Lighting can change a drab kitchen into a spectacular one.

Lastly, but most importantly, your budget. Remodeling your kitchen can be a large investment.  If you are planning on selling your home in the near future, check with a realtor to make sure you will get a return on your investment. Work with a kitchen remodeling professional and architect if needed, to come up with a kitchen layout plan that includes the space, appliances, and lighting that will work for you and will accomplish your remodeling plan. Have several contractors quote a price for the total remodeling cost.

At this point, you will know if you can afford the remodel as quoted or if you can add additional items or you may need to eliminate some of the changes you wanted.  The important thing is to stay within your budget.