Most people would agree that the kitchen is the heart of the home. The ideal kitchen is both beautiful and functional, and an enjoyable space to congregate in with friends and family. If yours isn’t living up to your needs and expectations, it might be a good time for a kitchen remodel. Before you hire a contractor, there are some important things to consider. Here are five tips from the kitchen remodeling professionals at Cormack Construction:
1. Set your budget.
A kitchen remodel, like any other home project, must start with a realistic budget. Many homeowners are reluctant to share their budget with a contractor because they think they’ll “get taken to the bank.” If this is your concern, be sure to work with a reputable contractor that you trust.
“A kitchen remodel involves several important details and it can take a lot of effort to prepare a thorough estimate. Knowing a client’s budget allows us to come up with realistic options so they know exactly what they can afford,” explains Alyssa Mendez, project manager at Cormack Construction. Mendez notes that without an accurate budget, your kitchen remodel may be delayed due to needed modifications.
TIP: When coming up with your budget, always add in a little cushion. A good rule of thumb is to include another 10 to 20 percent for unplanned expenses.
2. Identify your priorities.
Take a good look at your kitchen and think about how it is or isn’t meeting your needs in terms of storage and functionality. Do you have enough storage space? Is your counter space big enough for your needs? Is the overall “flow” of your kitchen working for you? Write down your thoughts and share them during your initial meeting with your contractor.
3. Think about your kitchen layout.
Keeping these priorities in mind, think about what kind of layout you want in your new kitchen. Start with a classic work triangle—arranging the stove, sink, and refrigerator in a triangular pattern—since these are the three appliances used the most. From there, think about how many people use your kitchen at one time. Do you have enough food prep or gathering space? If you need more, consider another workstation or an island—provided you have the room.
An experienced kitchen remodeler like Cormack can advise you on how to set up your kitchen for safety and convenience. But, here are some basic guidelines that might be helpful to you in visualizing your space:
Kitchen Counter Space:
Give yourself at least 36 inches for food prep, and at least 24 inches on one side of your sink and 18 inches on the other.
To allow people to move around your kitchen without disrupting your food preparation, plan on at least 42 inches between your counter and island.
Appliance Space Allowance:
Homeowners frequently forget to allocate space around their appliances. To make sure you have room to open your stove or dishwasher and still walk around them, allow another 30 to 48 inches. Be mindful of the location of your refrigerator and the swinging direction of its door to ensure it can fully open.
A 3-D kitchen design allows homeowners to virtually walk around their space and make any needed changes before construction begins.
4. Consider a 3-D kitchen design.
To ensure your new kitchen meets your needs and specifications, consider getting a 3-D design. “We offer 3-D design to all of our clients. It’s allows them to virtually walk around their new space before construction begins—saving time and money and ensuring they get exactly what they want,” Mendez explains.
5. Go with custom cabinets.
Whenever possible, purchase the best quality materials you can afford. Custom cabinets—made of quality woods and with the finest craftsmanship—may cost more than their factory-produced counterparts, but they are built to last. They also unparalleled beauty and value to your home.
Custom Kitchen Remodeling in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, White Mountains, and Western Maine
Thinking about remodeling your kitchen? Talk to the professionals at Cormack Construction. We will meet with you to discuss your personal style and how you want your new kitchen to work for you and your family. Call us at 603.367.8272 or visit us online.