3 things to consider when remodelling a kitchen
Published: June 25th, 2021
While everyone has a vision of what their dream kitchen looks like, the difficult part is knowing where to start. When it comes to remodelling a kitchen, there are plenty of resources out there – this is a good thing, but it can also lead to information overload. We want to help you simplify this process before you get into colour ideas and custom interior finishing discussions.
In Calgary, we are a professional and experienced custom carpentry and millwork company specializing in luxury cabinets and finishings. We’ve seen many projects from conceptualization to finish and have some valuable knowledge to offer for your remodelling project. Here are three things homeowners need to consider for their kitchen renovation.
Be real about your budget, but don’t cut costs
The kitchen is one of the most expensive rooms to renovate because of the additional contractors that may need to get involved, including plumbers, electricians, and custom cabinetmakers, along with the materials and construction required to complete the project. The good news is, a custom kitchen renovation can increase your home’s value and make it highly desirable on the market should you choose to sell your home in the future.
When it comes to budgeting for kitchen remodelling, it’s important to consider what you can afford while not cutting costs on some crucial items. For example, if you decide to work around older pieces or infrastructure to save on costs, this can lead to more expensive issues down the road. This also highlights why we recommend working with a professional contractor from the get-go because they can help you calculate the real cost and risk of cutting corners.
Think about your lifestyle and how you want your kitchen to function
As you’re browsing through design ideas and beautiful picture inspirations, remember to take a step back and consider your lifestyle. While a custom wine cabinet may look incredible, is it something that you will use often, or should you allocate those funds somewhere else? Is a large entertainment space necessary, or would you like more cabinets to fit an interest, such as baking equipment or an additional appliance?
To narrow down your options, we recommend walking through your existing kitchen and making a list of what you want to approve, where you feel constrained, and your ‘non-negotiables’ – the items that you absolutely need and won’t compromise on.
While home improvement shows will feature a complete kitchen renovation in a 30-minute time slot with commercials, of course, this isn’t reality. Your designer and professional cabinetmaker will give you an accurate estimate of the project’s timeframe, in which you can expect many disruptions in your home. The good news is, an experienced contractor can minimize the disturbances and ensure a clean and organized remodelling project.