A lot can be learned from listening to those who have gone before you! Tearing up one of the spaces you use most often in your home with dreams of upgrading it is no different. You can gain a lot from success stories, but there might even be more to learn from mistakes others have made in renovating their kitchen space.
There are many strategies to consider when exploring a fresh look for your kitchen and understanding how to pull it all together in a way that works best for you. Making design choices in the wrong order, for example, can lead to blown budgets and other headaches down the road. Just a handful of tips can save a homeowner a lot of stress during a kitchen remodel.
Mix and Match the High-End with the Low-End
Rather than just picking a particular price level and sticking with it when it comes to choosing finishes, appliances, or other items when renovating your kitchen, let the line fluctuate as you go. For example, if you have your heart set on a high-end sink, then choose a more budget-friendly dishwasher. There is no rule that says everything has to be from the same category when it comes to quality.
Skimping on some items will allow you to go higher on those you value more. A heated tile floor is often seen as a pipe dream for homeowners planning a kitchen renovation. Although it is a more expensive option than a traditional tile floor, choosing less expensive finishes can make room financially for this kind of luxurious upgrade.
Make a Plan for Everyday Tasks During the Job
Being inconvenienced by a renovation is unavoidable. Starting with a full demolition provides the opportunity to measure adequately and make sure there are no surprises later in the project. However, a full demo also requires you to develop a full displacement strategy.
Make a list of everything you do in your kitchen every day for at least a week. Then, come up with a plan for each item on the list. Where will you make coffee? What water source will you use until the new sink and faucet are in place? You will be surprised at how much you do in the kitchen on a daily basis.
These tips and other ideas to make kitchen renovations a better experience are what licensed contractors like Rebuilding Michigan have picked up over the years. Call Rebuilding Michigan at 800-786-0100 or use our online contact form where you can also view photos of previous kitchen renovations to get ideas as you start thinking about upgrading your own.