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From Daunting to Doable: Where to Start When Remodeling a Kitchen

July 25th, 2017 |

The counters are outdated. The oven heats up at a snail’s pace. The cupboards are old-fashioned. You know your kitchen is ready for a remodel, but you’re not sure where to start.

A remodel of any kind is a sizable endeavor, and kitchens are no exception. But fear not, home renovator; we’ve got a simple guide on where to start when remodeling a kitchen.

Lay out a budget

First thing’s first: you’ve got to know how much money you’re working with. Set a clear budget for yourself at the beginning of the project and do your best to stick to it. Be generous in your estimations; it’s better to overestimate than to underestimate and end up with a surprisingly large bill. Don’t plan on buying unnecessary gadgets, but do plan to purchase quality essentials. When you’re using your stove and fridge every day, spending the extra money is worth it.

Think about space

The single most important aspect of a kitchen may be how it utilizes space. Think about the current layout of your kitchen and how it could be better. Is it easy to move around?  How many people can cook at once? Consider if you need more counter space or workspace. Are the refrigerator, stove, and kitchen in places that make sense?

Brainstorm design and color

Pinterest addicts, this step is where you shine. Think about what color schemes, materials, and decor make up your dream kitchen. Sites like HGTV, Country Living, and Better Homes and Gardens also offer some charming options to base your remodel off of.

Find a designer or contractor

A kitchen designer can help bring your ideas to fruition and professionally design the kitchen to scale. A good contractor will take all of your concerns about kitchen layout and plan the perfect arrangement. It’s essential to find a contractor or designer who knows what you want from the space.

Follow these general steps, and your daunting kitchen remodel will get a whole lot more manageable! Looking for help designing a kitchen remodel in the Boston area?

RH Blanchard is an expert in design consulting, project contracting, and property management with over a decade of experience in the greater Boston area. We are always glad to help with any Boston remodel projects of any size, so feel free to contact us today with any questions you may have!