Do the words “kitchen remodel,” make you protectively cover pocket book? Updating a kitchen is exorbitantly expensive, right? Wrong!
Undertaking a smaller kitchen remodeling project is a fantastic way to give your kitchen a refreshing makeover, and it doesn’t have to cost tons of money. Just establish a budget and keep in mind that your makeover should fit into your home’s décor, your personality, and consider how you use your kitchen. There’s no point in making over a kitchen if it isn’t even what you like, or it won’t create the functionality you desire while you cook. You and your family spend a great deal of time in the kitchen preparing meals and snacks – so it is important that it fits the functionality of your family.
The best place to start with any kitchen remodeling project is by looking at the countertop – and replacing it. This one little change can create an entirely different appearance in your kitchen. Popular countertop options include natural stone (granite, marble), solid surface countertops (Corian®), butcher block and quartz composite. All are durable and will give your kitchen a complete new look.
Appliances are another important element of any kitchen remodel. If you haven’t purchased appliances in a few years, you’d be surprised at how many options there are. Appliances are quieter, sleeker and more energy efficient than ever before, so there are a lot of choices available to match your specific cooking and entertaining needs. For example, if you do a lot of baking or host Sunday dinners for the extended family, you may want to explore installing a double oven. Or if you have a large family, you may consider adding a second dishwasher – if you have the space.
Finally, color is always a consideration with a kitchen remodel. Many kitchens featured in magazines are full of trendy and bright colors; however, this can scare conservative homeowners who remember the days of avocado green appliances of the 1970s (and being stuck with those colors for years). To create color within your kitchen, consider having all of the “big ticket items” (countertops, cabinets, flooring and tile) in neutral colors – that will be timeless for many years. To give your kitchen color, however, use paint and accessories. Paint a wall (or two) a brighter color, and add texture with window treatments. This way, you can “change up” your kitchen ever few years with minimal expense.
Remember: a kitchen remodel doesn’t have to be expensive. With the right plan and budget, you can have a refreshed kitchen that is functional, fun and improves your overall enjoyment of the space.