Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by Danny Peterson
As you start planning your kitchen remodel, it is important not to fall victim to some common myths. These beliefs can throw off the entire process and impact the final outcome of your newly remodeled kitchen. You want to make sure that the design is something that you are happy with, it fits with your style and budget, and it adds to – not detracts from – your home’s value. Keeping the following in mind can play an important role as you start designing and renovating your kitchen: Myth 1: Stick with current trends. While some of the latest trends can be appealing, there is also a chance that they will quickly go out of style, leaving you with much to be desired. Pay attention to how styles are changing and what modifications may be beneficial, but also think realistically. Consider what kitchens looked like five or 10 years ago and how they have changed. Choosing more timeless and classic trends can improve the look and function of your kitchen while allowing you to add your own style in the details. You can incorporate some of the latest trends in smaller ways that can be changed more inexpensively. When it comes to major items such as cabinets, countertops, flooring, and appliances, going with something more traditional can pay off in the long run. Myth 2: You can always add it later. This is true to a point. However, with any major changes, you want to incorporate them from the start or while the remodel is occurring. Waiting until afterward can cause more hassle. You may run into additional expenses or problems getting things to fit as you want them. Deciding what changes you are making up front can allow the designer to plan for them ahead of time, before any hammers are swung. Make sure that you allow enough space for storage as well as traffic flow during the initial design stages. If you think you may want to install other options later, look into the possibility of installing additional wiring or outlets for easier access. Myth 3: Remodeling is too expensive. There is a practically endless amount of options to choose from. Determine your budget and work with a home improvement company to find materials that fit your style and price point. The most expensive products are not always the best. There are many moderately priced options that are high quality and can give you the look and function you desire. Decide which changes are essential and which are negotiable. Working with a professional designer and contractor can help you to maximize results while sticking to your budget. Myth 4: You can design and remodel a lot yourself. There may be some do-it-yourself projects that are easy to tackle on your own, but when it comes to a kitchen remodel, it may be best to rely on the professionals. They know exactly what codes need to be followed; how to safely install wiring, fixtures, and additions; and what products are available. A designer can ensure that everything fits properly and make the most of available space. A contractor ensures that the remodel is done correctly and is durable, stable, and safe. The last thing you want to do is spend more money trying to fix your mistakes when things could have been done correctly the first time. You can certainly provide your input into all aspects of the design process, but leave it to the professionals to work out the details and logistics. Make your kitchen remodeling dreams a reality by contacting a professional home improvement company like Integrity Home Pro to help you explore your options and how to make the most of your new kitchen. Don’t let these common myths stand in your way of creating a kitchen that better fits your style and needs.
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