by Lori Hoffman
Posted on February 1, 2015 at 12:00 pm
If you are considering remodeling your kitchen, it’s important that you start with a plan and a budget. While you don’t want to skimp on quality, there are clever ways to watch your budget and prioritize spending so that you are able to enjoy your beautifully remodeled kitchen without wincing when the final bills arrive.
First, assess what you need versus what you want. Secondly, don’t try to follow trends. Although one color may be popular now, you will save money in the long run by choosing classic neutrals that will stand the test of time and fashion’s whims. Ask yourself, how what you are proposing looks with the adjacent room? Do the colors, style and uses relate?
If you are totally revamping the look, including the kitchen layout, you may want to consider hiring an interior designer. Designers can assist you with not only the aesthetic aspects of your kitchen remodel, but also all of the functional considerations governing health, safety, massing and scale. This is the key area that differentiates interior designers from interior decorators; interior decorators a generally are concerned with only the aesthetics of a room.
Interior designers work with their clients to provide custom solutions that take into account your unique lifestyle needs. They also can help you orchestrate the entire process, including any necessary electrical, plumbing, HVAC or engineering contractors to complete the project. In the case where there is a need for altering structural elements or your renovation project is extensive and requires plans to be submitted, your designer will partner with an architect or a general contractor. In any case, having an objective outsider will give you valuable feedback on your remodeling ideas, often providing you with ingenious solutions that you hadn’t previously considered.
Once you have narrowed down your list of the appliances and materials you will need, plan how you will maximize your budget. Even if your project is small, if you are too busy to consider doing the work yourself, consider asking your friends, neighbors or your real estate agent for an interior designer referral. Be honest with yourself. If this is a project is outside your skill set, it’s probably best to hire a professional. That way should you ever decide to sell your home, the work will have been completed properly and any home inspections should pass the test.
If you still aren’t sure what is the best way to proceed and you have questions, feel free to give us a call. Don’t worry, there isn’t any obligation and we’d be happy to answer any questions you have in a free 30-minute free phone consultation.