Remodeling a kitchen is one of the best investments a homeowner can make. For most homeowners it is the most important room in the house. It is not surprising that a workable, pleasing kitchen is one of a home’s top-selling attractions and a pleasure for all who frequent it.
Women in particular are very passionate about their kitchens. For most ladies this is the area that matters the most. This is one area where she spends a good part of everyday life cooking, cleaning and keeping the place spic and span.
Since the kitchen is the room used for food preparation, it should be very practical and having everything at hand.
If you are tired of your kitchen’s out of date look and you want to create your kitchen in a new creative, stylish and modern fashionable manner but not sure where to start, here are some helpful questions that may make your decisions and choices easier.
- How long do you plan to stay in your home?
- What is your decorating style? Contemporary, Traditional, Classic or Modern?
- How many cooks will be in the kitchen at the same time?
- How frequently do you entertain?
- What other activities take place in the kitchen?
- What colors attract you? Light or dark?
The kitchen is mainly used for cooking, eating and gathering, and is typically a focal point in the home. Consequently, though a great investment, a remodelling project can be very disruptive to the family. And the length of the disruption can take as long as two or three weeks. To minimize this disruption plan ahead your kitchen remodelling steps.
Planning your Kitchen Remodelling
Planning is absolutely essential in remodelling a kitchen.
First you should identify the main objectives of your future kitchen. Next research the latest products on the market including: cabinets, countertops, appliances, and flooring. If your kitchen is more than five years old, there are a lot of new products to choose from.
For example, Silestone is quickly surpassing Granite and Corian, as the premier countertop surface as it is extremely hard, elegant in appearance, and comes in many colors. For cabinets, the trend appears to be towards lighter colors as they help the appearance of lightening and enlarging a room. In regards to appliances, the Stainless Steel look appears to be in. For flooring hardwood is the trend. Tile still is often used because looks nice; however, it can be unforgiving in a room where things tend to get dropped. In addition, if there is no radiant heating planned for the floor, tile has the tendency to feel cold on the feet.
Sketch out your Kitchen Remodelling Plans.
Decide your main objectives in remodelling your kitchen and sketch plans.
Once identified the main objectives of your future kitchen and having an idea on the products for it, you should next sketch some plans. I would suggest developing two or three sketches, keeping in mind three important points. First, professional kitchen designers like to think of a triangle when starting a new design. The three points of the triangle include the Sink, Refrigerator, and Stove. Make sure your sketches consider this as it will ensure a good functional kitchen.
Remember to consider adequate walking areas and space for an eating area, such as a table or center island, with applicable space included for chairs. I would suggest that the walking areas be wide enough for two people to walk through at the same time. The sketches should also include dimensions, as these will be needed when meeting with the Kitchen Designer. Finally, consider where the existing outlets and power for the stove are, and assess if additional outlets will be needed or old outlets relocated.
Visit the Kitchen Design Center.
A Kitchen Design Centre can help with your Kitchen Remodelling Design.
Once sketches have been created, bring them to a Kitchen Design Center where professional take the sketches and goals and incorporate them into a formal set of plans. After the Kitchen Designer has formally generated the plans, typically someone from the Kitchen center will visit your home and take very precise measurements so that the plans can be finalized. In fact, make sure that they do visit your home; otherwise unexpected costs and delays could occur when the wrong size cabinets arrive on your doorstep.
When the cabinets do arrive at your doorstep, ensure that they match the list of materials generated by the Kitchen Designer. Again, this will help ensure that no delays or unexpected costs arise during the actual remodelling process.
Installing the new Kitchen Cabinets.
Out with the Old Cabinets and on with installing the New Kitchen Cabinets.
Once the cabinets arrive, the Dartex Contracting cabinet installers will remove the existing cabinets and countertops, (unless the homeowners decide to do these themselves), and then our dedicated team will install the new cabinets. If new flooring is planned, we would install the flooring between removing the old cabinets and installing the new ones, as this will save time and money. If new flooring does get installed prior to the cabinet and countertop installation, our team takes special care to ensure the floors are not damage during this process.
Though remodelling a kitchen can be a huge disruption to the homeowner, the finished product will quickly erase the brief inconvenience. The Dartex Contracting professionals will work with you to choose the most fascinating kitchen elements, which include custom designed cabinets, countertops, backsplash, flooring, appliances, color coordination, wall and window coverings and more.
Between its new and contemporary look and features, and the knowledge of making a sound investment, as a homeowner you will swiftly forget about the disruption as you fully enjoy the new kitchen.
We work with you to create a dazzling décor in your kitchen by employing a combination of natural light and state-of-the-art lighting fixtures. Contact Us for a Free Estimate and will be happy to apply our experience and quality workmanship on your upcoming Kitchen Remodelling project.