Most young families are familiar with the feeling of being exceptionally busy. The daily balancing act of caring for small children, juggling schedules and managing household duties can seem overwhelming at times, and the idea of adding any kind of home improvement project to the mix can definitely be intimidating. If you and your spouse are looking to renovate your kitchen, there are several considerations you should factor into your project in order to accommodate your vibrant family life. Below are three important points to keep in mind as you embark on the adventure of re-doing your kitchen.
This is the most obvious consideration, but surprisingly many young families can get slightly unrealistic with what they’re able to comfortably afford when it comes to remodeling their kitchen. It’s fairly easy to throw caution to the wind and just finance the entire project on some type of credit arrangement, but a little bit of preliminary research would serve you well in the way of potentially saving you hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars. Call your local Realtor to get some insight as to what your home might be worth, and how much value a renovated kitchen might add to your home. Take some time to do your homework by looking online or in various kitchen design and remodeling magazines to get a feel for the type of price ranges you should expect for certain renovation projects. Many of these publications have excellent budgeting tips that can spark some money-saving ideas for your new project.
As a young family, you know how important every dollar is to your household, so it would also be helpful to find out what parts of the renovation you may be able to handle yourself in order to shave some dollars off the total cost of the project.
Space and Layout
The viability of your kitchen renovation project will partially be determined by what type of usage you will get out of the space you have to work with. While it may be tempting to knock out a wall or two in order to combine your current kitchen space with an adjacent room, you’ll need to carefully weigh this out to determine whether that money would be put to better use by upgrading appliances or cabinetry instead.
Give some serious thought to what you want to do with the space in question, and try to put it in the context of your daily life. Do you envision reserving some functional space for the children to do various activities? This may be an option worth pursuing, especially if you’ve noticed that your kitchen is a common hub of activity for the family.
One of the most cost-effective ways to go about your renovation project is to brainstorm various ideas as to how you can better utilize the current layout. If you plan on changing the layout, keep in mind that this may also require certain plumbing or electrical wiring lines to be re-routed, which can significantly increase costs and extend the time frame of the project.
Cabinets, Appliances and Storage Space
Cabinets serve as the “furniture” of the kitchen, and they’re the most prominent influence that determines the look and feel of the space. Your kitchen cabinets should reflect the general style of the rest of your home, because the kitchen is often an extension of the living space that surrounds it.
As far as appliances go, you have to remember that the primary purpose of a kitchen is to prepare food for your family, so do your best to buy the highest quality appliances that your budget will allow. If you’re going to keep the appliances you currently have, consider what types of configurations will be most compatible with the overall look and feel of the renovation.
When weighing out your options for storage space, the main goal should be functionality; after all, if you don’t have a place for all of your pans, pots, utensils, etc., your newly renovated kitchen will feel jumbled and uncomfortable. Consider features such as deep drawers, pull-out shelves and drawer dividers to add a solid sense of organization to the space. You can also reserve some storage space for common items that are in use when your children are in the kitchen. If you have an island in the middle of your kitchen floor space, that will add a significant amount of storage and preparation space as well.
Remodeling a kitchen requires a substantial amount of careful planning, and for this reason it is always a good idea to consult with a certified kitchen designer in order to “pick their brain” and draw upon their experience. A good kitchen design coach will be able to provide you with valuable insight as to how you can reconfigure the space you have in order to offer a more spacious yet efficient layout. With the right amount of planning and solid advice, you can create a beautiful and functional kitchen that will serve your family well for many years to come.
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