Kearney. KITCHEN IDEAS. April 08th , 2018.
When the idea crosses your mind to remodel your kitchen, the first thing you may think is "where do I begin". For starters you need to look at the overall structure of the kitchen. Is it A country kitchen with lots of wood and trim? Notice the type of sink, does it have a back splash made of tile or a standard Formica counter top? How are the cabinets constructed? Will they need to be completely replaced or can you just change the doors? Look at the floor, is it tile or vinyl?
These are all things you will need to look at because each change costs money and some jobs are very time consuming if you need to a complete tear out and replace. Some existing aspects of your kitchen may already fall into place with your new theme. If part of your kitchen is in good shape you may decide to keep it as is.
Once you determine the theme and look you want, make a list of what you would like to change and come up with a color scheme. keep in mind when deciding what to keep that it will need to go well with the color scheme you have chosen. If you are creating a bright orange and yellow kitchen you should probably replace a blue linoleum floor even if it is in good condition. If you have old cabinets you may be able to get away with painting them. If you are going for a country look that will work well but if your new look is modern deco it may be a better choice to stain the wood dark and add glass doors.
What to Consider Before a Kitchen Remodel
Kitchen remodeling can be difficult and expensive both in terms of money and time. However, I have recently done some remodeling in my house and will share with you some of the secrets that helped keep my project on
Before you start anything, get a notebook and document all aspects of the project. Describe your kitchen remodel in terms of items that I "must have" vs. items that are "nice to have," take time to list the items of the project that you may feel comfortable doing. My husband and I were able to do much of the demolition work and the painting and some minor plumbing. This helped save me considerable amounts of money.
I was able to afford better lighting fixtures and cabinetry. Also have your estimated budget number written in your notebook. Keep in mind that budget overages occur, and that is when you will look at your "nice to have" list and start the process of eliminating those items that can be considered at a later point in time or omitted all together. This is the first part of keeping the project on budget.
First thing to consider is the scope of the kitchen remodel. If you are considering a remodel on an older home, keep in mind that electrical and plumbing codes most likely have changed and there may be considerable amount of money that needs to be budgeted due to unknown factors; make sure this is all factored into the dollar equation. Much of this will be discovered during the demolition phase of the kitchen. If your kitchen remodel is in a fairly newer home, you want to consider any changes to structure, plumbing and electrical as this will also add to your expenses.
In the next phase we will focus on preliminary research. Talk to friends, family and use the internet to get answers about contractors, selection of lighting fixtures, cabinetry, countertops, flooring selection, paint or wallpaper. Shop around at national retailers and then go to the internet. Many retailers offer better deals for the same product. Document how long it will take prior to arrival.