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The Complete Kitchen Remodel Checklist

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kitchen remodel checklist

What is the most essential room in your home? Many people would say that the living room is the most important. However, if you love to cook, there’s a good chance it is your kitchen for you. 

Over time, the kitchen has evolved from just a place to prepare meals. Many kitchens incorporate a living room feel to create a focal gathering place. 

If you’re set on remodeling your kitchen to achieve this aesthetic, there are a few things you should have on your kitchen remodel checklist. Here are some of the things that should be on yours.  

Your Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets are one of the key aesthetic pieces in kitchens. When you undertake a kitchen renovation, cabinets are one of the most common items that get an update. The first thing to consider when evaluating your cabinets is whether you want to replace them or reface them with new doors. 

Painting your cabinets allows you to coordinate colors in any way that you wish. However, if you also want durability, stained cabinets are the way to go. They also help pull together a rustic look for your kitchen. 

If you want to keep it simple, you can also opt for unfinished cabinets. It will keep your costs low and give your kitchen a low-maintenance look. 

If you want something special, you can also get custom cabinets for your kitchen. You can work with craftsmen for unique designs and mechanics. if you don’t want to spend the extra money, you can always opt for pre-made cabinets. 

There’s also the matter of your cabinet doors. Doors come in many different styles, with differing aesthetics. Some of the common cabinet door styles include shaker, glass front, beadboard, and flat front. There are also many others. 

Another thing to consider is drawer mechanics. One of the most common drawer mechanics is a soft close. When you shut the door, a soft close prevents it from slamming shut.

Finally, there are your inserts. You can have shelves, drawers, or pull-outs in your cabinets. Shelves are a staple, while drawers can help with further organization. Pull-outs can allow you to pull out your shelves to get to things in your cabinet with greater ease. 

Get Your Kitchen Inspected

Before you get started, you should have your kitchen inspected. There are two reasons why you should do this. 

If you want to add some new kitchen features, like appliances, you should make sure your wiring is in working order. If you have bad wiring and install new appliances, you could be out thousands of dollars if something happens. 

Second, if your kitchen renovation requires the removal of a wall, you’ll need a permit. Major changes to a home require a permit on record with your local government. If you try to sell your home down the line and a permit isn’t on file, you’ll have to pay a fine. 

Color Palettes and Design Styles

Your color palette and design style are two of the most important decisions you’ll make for your kitchen renovation. Color can help set the mood in a room, and some colors work better than others in the kitchen. 

Some of the best colors for the kitchen are white, gray, blue, red, yellow, and green. Since the kitchen brings people together, warm colors are the best choice. There is a belief that warm colors like red help stimulate the appetite. 

Design styles also help set the tone of a room. Do you want an open floor plan and a relaxed feeling in your kitchen? What about something rustic or modern?

If your home has an open floor plan, you’ll want to incorporate space in your kitchen. You’ll also want to ensure that the design of your kitchen flows with its surroundings. A rustic style in the kitchen in a modern home design clashes with each other. 

If you need some help deciding on what works best, contact an interior designer.

Your Countertops

Your countertops serve as your food prep station. You’ll want your countertop material to be something that can handle messes and is easy to clean. 

Some of the most common materials for countertops are granite, quartz, wood, laminate, marble, and tile. There are also many others. 

Granite is considered to be among the best materials for countertops. It is almost impervious to heat, is strong and durable, and can be low-maintenance. It also adds a look of elegance to any kitchen. 

Depending on the material you get, you will have the option of a solid color or a pattern. 

There’s also the type of edge you want for your counters. The most common types are square and rounded. If you have small children, you may want to consider getting rounded corners. 

There are also some unique designs like bevel, rock pitch, and ogee.

Put Priorities and Expectations First on Your Kitchen Remodel Checklist

Before you pick out backsplashes and new countertops, the first thing you need to do is set your priorities and expectations. Before you commit to a redesign, you should already know what you want out of your new kitchen. 

You may want to update the overall look of your kitchen or you may want to incorporate more space. Perhaps all you want for your modern kitchen remodel is updated appliances. Setting your priorities and expectations will give you direction and help you to set a budget. 

Another expectation to be set is a timeframe for your remodel. An end date can help you figure out the best contractor for you

Get the Perfect Design for Your Home

Your kitchen remodel checklist should factor in everything you want to change in your kitchen. A checklist can help keep your designs straight, keep you within budget, and make sure you’re getting everything you want to be done. 

At Designs4You, we are all about providing homeowners with dream designs for their homes. We provide many services, including kitchen remodeling, landscape design, hardscape, and other services. If you want a redesign, contact us today and get a quote for your remodel.  

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