When you’ve decided that you’re going to go ahead with your kitchen remodeling project, you want to make sure that there are certain tips that you keep in mind before you even call your contractor in Chicago.
It all comes down to planning. And when you plan things the right way, the whole project will go smoother and easier for you. Because if you don’t, everything will come at you as a surprise and you’ll just be paralyzed because then you won’t know what decisions to make. You won’t know what would be the right choice.
So in this article, I wanted to give you 6 kitchen remodeling tips that you should keep in mind before starting it.
Designing a Modern Kitchen in Chicago, Illinois
Always Use High Quality Materials
We cannot emphasize this enough. You need to make sure that you’re using the highest quality materials you can afford. I see so many people use low quality wood or marble for their tabletops. And then within 2-3 years they give us a call and ask us to fix it.
Here’s the bad thing about low quality “affordable” materials – once they break, there’s no way to fix them. You have to replace the whole thing. And if it’s a tabletop, then good luck. You’ll have to spend another couple of grand to get a decent tabletop and then go through the whole process for a week until the tabletop is installed and the whole thing is done.
Here’s what we suggest – spend on a good quality tabletop or hardwood. Sure, you’ll have to spend more and you’ll have less budget to spend on other things that you might be thinking about, but at least you’ll have peace of mind that these things are built to last.
You won’t have to go through an ordeal 2-3 years later. You can keep using these things for 7-8 years or even a decade if you’re a careful user before you have to change anything. And by then, most people go through another round of remodeling. So it’s usually one cycle of project that these things last.
But here’s the thing, even during your next remodeling project, you can reuse these materials if they are in good shape. Usually marble tabletops can be cut into a different shape and reused if you invest in a good one beforehand.
Selecting the Right Countertop
This tip goes along with the 1st one. Sure, now you know that you should invest in a good countertop. But you should also make sure that you are selecting the RIGHT countertop.
You want to take into account the color scheme and the design of the rest of the kitchen before you decide this one. Countertops are usually one of the biggest parts of any kitchen – you want to have as much space for countertops as possible. Because it will allow you to work freely throughout the kitchen.
You countertop will then either compliment the tone you would like to have in your kitchen, or it will decide the tone. Either way, you want to make sure that it goes with everything else you’ve got going on in your kitchen.
Now, whether that countertop is a granite or laminate that’s something you should think about later. For now, you want to make sure that it matches with everything else you have planned.
Plan a Modern Layout That Works For You
Speaking of planning, make sure you plan out the entire layout of the kitchen before you even start thinking about what materials you’re going to use.
For the last 50 years, there has been a huge cultural shift. Back in the day people used to hang out in their living rooms or halls if they were big enough. But now, kitchens are the highlight of every house. That’s where everyone likes to hang out. And it makes sense because now you won’t have to leave the room to get some water or beer. Or another slice of pizza.
It’s right there on the table. The party keeps going on and nothing gets interrupted.
So, when planning out the layout, make sure you keep in mind that if your guests come over, your kitchen will be big enough for you to accommodate all of them.
Work With a Creative Kitchen Remodeler
This is so crucial.
Sure, you can plan the entire layout of your kitchen and have it exactly how you want it to be. But a creative contractor that is experienced as well, will give you ideas that you might’ve never thought of.
Remember, they are out in the trenches each and every day and are looking at all kinds of kitchens out there. So they know what works and what doesn’t. And not only that, they also know what most people would like.
We agree that there’s no one size fits all when it comes to kitchens. But there are some ideas that you have to have on the table so you can compare those things with everything else you’re considering. This will help you make the right decision for your kitchen.
Usually when it comes to remodeling, you’ll have all 3 of the best things on your team – an architect or a designer, a general contractor and an engineer.
Any remodeling company you contact should have all 3 of those people on staff so they can advice you and help you make the right decision.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to what kind of people you’re working with and how much experience they have in the field. You want to opt for the people that are the smartest in their industries and have a lot of experience.
And to find that you’ll have to go through a couple of kitchen remodeling companies before deciding on which one to proceed with.
But remember, you never want to settle for someone. You should always choose the best contractors out there.
And that advice applies to your kitchen layout as well. You don’t want to settle on a mediocre layout, or a material that will do fine for now. You want to think long term.
You’ll be waking up and making breakfast in this kitchen for years to come. So, do you want to always be inconvenience because the stove is in the corner of the kitchen? Or whenever the guests come over half of them have to sit in the living and half of them have to sit in the kitchen because there’s not enough room?
Think about these things before you make a final decision.