A kitchen remodel is no easy feat and should not be done impulsively. As a hub to home life, it’s important that you carefully think through all the needs and requirements of your kitchen. To help you decide what type of kitchen is best for you, here are four questions you should ask yourself before embarking on the kitchen remodeling journey...
1. How long do you plan on staying in your home?
If your answer is more than 5 years, design your kitchen for exactly what YOU want. Make it personal and make it timeless. If you’re remodeling to sell, pay special attention to what buyers want. Kitchens sell homes. Granite and marble have always been the epitome of high-end and luxury for years, but more recently quartz countertops have been outselling both 3 to 1. And 60% of all kitchen cabinets these days are white. Understand what a buyer wants and stay up to date on home design trends.
2. What about your kitchen do you want to change?
You want to remodel your kitchen for a reason, so really focus on why you want to do it. Is it the layout? Is it just an upgrade on appliances? Is it a need for more storage? Think about the current natural light, the view out the windows and into adjoining rooms - do you love it or hate it? Perhaps you want to add extra windows or even skylights which can make the kitchen feel more open, but if you have to give up storage, is it worth it? Think carefully and take this as an opportunity to make practical improvements!
3. What's a 'wow' feature that will make you smile every time you walk into your kitchen?
If you’re planning your dream kitchen, you might as well pick your dream accessories. Whether it’s the farmhouse sink, shiny brass range hood, or fantastic pendant lighting - use the one thing that will make you (and everyone else) stop to say ‘WOW’ when they walk into your kitchen as inspiration for design. Don’t be afraid to mix styles, materials and finishes. Kitchens definitely don’t need to be monochromatic. Design with personality.
4. How does your lifestyle affect your kitchen?
Do you find your family and friends always gathering around in the kitchen when you’re hosting a dinner party despite having an entire living room full of comfortable seating for everyone to enjoy? Kitchens are the hub to home life. It’s important to take into consideration your lifestyle and how it affects your kitchen. If you have a big family and buy in bulk, consider a walk-in pantry. If you love to entertain, but hate doing the dishes, maybe you need dual dishwashers. Your lifestyle greatly affects how you will utilize your kitchen, and can help determine what’s a necessity and what’s not.