A kitchen remodel is one of the most important rooms in the house to remodel, considering the kitchen is the heart of the home. When starting the kitchen remodeling process, however, the endless design options can get overwhelming. Our skilled team at Center Island Contracting takes an extremely detailed approach in designing your space to ensure that the functionality and appearance of your kitchen meets your entertaining needs and personality. Each kitchen we remodel strikes a healthy medium between comfort and style, providing the best of both worlds to our happy clients. If you’re just beginning the kitchen remodel process and find yourself overwhelmed already, use these kitchen remodel tips and tricks to get your dream kitchen.
Choose Fixtures First
Choosing your fixtures before your remodel starts will protect you from delays in the order and delivery process and give your contractor enough time to work with those setbacks. It will also provide an accurate bid for your project right off the bat.
By overspending on your kitchen remodel, you’re pricing yourself out of your neighborhood and you won’t get your investment back. By knowing your neighborhood, you can decide on the materials to use in your kitchen remodel accordingly. For example, putting expensive marble counter tops in your starter home is likely not the best idea.
Keep Existing Cabinets
A good way to save substantial amount of money on your kitchen remodel is to keep your existing cabinets (if they’re real wood and in good shape) and refurbish them with new doors, drawer fronts or give them a fresh coat of paint in your color of choice. Cabinet frames are a large portion of your kitchen remodel budget, so you will save time and money by keeping the existing cabinets.
The areas in between your counter tops should be big enough for a few people to fit, and your layout should be strategic to allow for a functional traffic pattern. The refrigerator, stove top and oven should be placed in perfect harmony of your walking path, since those three pieces of kitchen equipment are the most used.
Add Wiggle Room in Budget
When planning out your budget, the biggest mistake is to not account for any unexpected setbacks in your renovation plan. Chances are things won’t go 100% according to plan, so having a little wiggle room in your budget should take care of that and protect you from spending more money than originally planned.
Installing proper lighting is especially important in a kitchen remodel, so ask our design experts at Center Island Contracting about a lighting plan. A well-lit room should have four layers of light; ambient light, task light, accent light and decorative light. Showcasing natural light is also an important aspect of your lighting plan.
Center Island Contracting is your local kitchen remodeler for Oyster Bay, Manhasset, Plainview, Jericho, and the north shore of Nassau. Our qualified professional kitchen remodeling team can assist you in creating the kitchen of your dreams in Nassau County. For more information on our Long Island-based kitchen remodeling contractors, email us or call (516) 481-4707.