A kitchen remodel is one of the biggest yet most exciting undertakings a homeowner can make. Putting time and money into a remodeling project, whether you are completing a kitchen remodel on a budget or doing a total, no-holds-barred renovation, is a wise choice for increasing the resale value of your home.
But the kitchen is also one of the busiest, most highly-trafficked areas of the home: aside from food preparation, it’s often where homeowners and families eat, congregate, and entertain. So when you’re planning a kitchen remodel, there are a lot of things to consider.
If you have kitchen remodel ideas, before you start, here are some quick tips for how to prepare:
Measure Twice, Cut Once
You might not be sawing lumber for your kitchen, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want to do your due diligence in measurements and preparations. Make sure you know exactly what dimensions you’re working with, whether you’re looking at a new countertop, custom kitchen cabinets, or researching kitchen island ideas.
Know How Long the Project will Take
Like we mentioned before, the kitchen is often the centerpoint of your home. Even if you don’t prepare and eat meals in your kitchen every night, having a torn-up kitchen makes life a lot more complicated. You’ll want to know exactly how long your kitchen will be unavailable (or at least less functional) while upgrades and repairs are going on. Homeowners often underestimate the time a project will take, and think they’ll just be sacrificing their kitchen for a weekend. Grabbing takeout for a weekend isn’t bad, but when you’re months deep in a kitchen remodel, you’ll soon find that the cost of a kitchen renovation can extend beyond materials.
Know Your Limits
Touching up the paint on the corner of a kitchen cabinet is one thing, but be realistic with yourself about your house renovation skills. It’s smart to put money and time into your kitchen; it’s not smart to do a mediocre job because you think it will save you a little bit of money. For big projects, such as refacing or installing custom kitchen cabinets, creating an open concept kitchen layout, or building custom kitchen islands (and the list goes on), call in the pros. Calling the professionals is almost always the safest and most cost effective choice in the long run, and it ensures you get back to your kitchen a lot more quickly.
If you live in Pasadena and don’t want to risk ruining your kitchen (and not being able to access the fridge for a year), call the professionals. For Pasadena families, this means Open Hand Remodeling. Open Hand’s kitchen contractors will help you prepare, plan, and complete the kitchen remodel your house deserves.