People say the bedroom is where the magic happens, but they aren’t kitchen connoisseurs. You and I know that this room is where the best meals are made, the best conversations happen, and the greatest times occur. It is a magical place, and the design should evoke the same qualities as the kitchen itself.
You know what that means? It means it’s time for an upgrade. Every couple of months, renovations are necessary to maintain the house’s style. The problem with redecorating is the risk involved. When you bring in people to make a change, there is always the danger of getting burned.
Of course, homeowners want to avoid this scenario as much as possible. Thankfully, you can as long as you consider the following tips.
A kitchen remodel is going to cost a pretty penny. There is nothing you can do to stop this from happening because it’s an expensive process. Your job is not to cut costs, but to stick to the budget. The key is to figure out what you can spend beforehand and never exceed the limit. Let’s face it – no kitchen is worth a mountain of debt. To do this, look through your income and expenses, and find a happy medium. If you don’t know where to start, HGTV.com has an excellent guide that will come in handy. If possible, try and save more for a contingency plan. Remodels tend to go over budget, which is why a backup fund could save the project.
Work With The Style
Everyone has designs they want to take off the page and bring to life. Hopefully, your plans will link with the architectural style of the house. However, if they don’t, you shouldn’t try and force the issue. To begin with, it only adds to the expenses and makes the project doubly expensive. More importantly, it never works. Unless you rework the structure, the design will always appear out of place. Rather than work against the design, work with it for the best results. For instance, don’t try and remodel a 70s kitchen into a 2017 kitchen as it will look as if it belongs someone else’s home.
Pick A Trend
There are hundreds of design patterns to choose from regarding your kitchen. You can go down the classic route and use ceramic sinks from tapwarehouse.com, or you can go contemporary. In this case, that would mean opting for an industrial style or using quartz material according to housebeautiful.co.uk. In truth, the trend you pick isn’t the be all and end all of the kitchen remodel. Sure, it has to fit the current style of the kitchen, but that’s it. The key is not to mix and match and choose a definitive fashion for the kitchen. It goes without saying, but an indecisive comes across as cluttered and disorganised. By sticking to one or two trends, everything in the kitchen will supplement each other and heighten the look.
But Don’t Be Scared To Be Flexible
Don’t worry; this is not a contradiction paragraph! The last point is a vital one to keep in mind because to mix trends is too flashy and never works. Still, what it doesn’t mean is that you have to be a design monk. Sticking to a style religiously is not the way to go as the kitchen will lack flexibility. Instead, implement the core design trends and play around with everything else. A traditional room is a prime example. Because it is a classic style, homeowners never like to sway from the tried and tested method. However, a modern element such as a bar stool is a perfect way to offset the breakfast bar. As long as the colour scheme is correct and the textures are right, bar stools work perfectly. The trick is not to go overboard as that is when the style starts to seem disjointed.
Never Move The Plumbing
There are renovations you can make, but moving the pipes isn’t one. Think of it this way: it’s there for a reason. When building the house, the plumbers decided to place the pipes there because it was the best spot. Okay, a certified professional might say there is a new location for the plumbing, and this will make you think. However, even if you trust them, it’s not a good idea. Firstly, the work will take a huge chunk out of your budget as it costs a fortune. Generally, it’s better to keep the cash in your pocket for a rainy day. Also, plumbing work is tricky. Therefore, you never know how long it will take and if it is going to be effective. There are too many variables to make moving the pipes a viable option.
Don’t Commit To An Overhaul
When you look around the kitchen, it is tempting to think “we need to gut the room.” Sometimes, ripping out the cabinets and tearing up the floorboards is necessary. If you require a new kitchen, it is the only option. But, the appropriate word is “need.” For the most part, you don’t need a new kitchen; you want one. And, this desire for something new makes you take on an unnecessary project. It doesn’t sound as appealing, but you can rework the current style and save a fortune. Not only will it save money, but it won’t cost you as much time or hassle. Painting over the fittings in a different colour and buying new furniture are foolproof ways to add freshness. Idealhome.co.uk points out that it is even possible to do with accessories.
The worst thing about a renovation is that you don’t know who to trust. Everyone from the contractors to your friends doesn’t share the same view. As a result, it is easy to get lost down a wormhole. The good news is that helpful and unbiased advice is available on the internet. A quick Google search will tell you everything you need to know and fill in the gaps in your knowledge. More importantly, it’s free advice.
A kitchen remodel is a hot topic, and these tips will make sure you don’t get burned.
This is a contributed post.