50 Best Kitchen Remodel Tips
Your kitchen remodel is not a simple task. Prepare yourself with these 50 best kitchen remodel tips. We have pulled together the best tips from every resource we could find to make sure your kitchen remodel goes great. A kitchen remodel is a chance to turn something you dislike, into a showpiece for your home. Your kitchen remodel can recoup up to 80% of the costs if you do it correctly. So take some time and go through these tips and hopefully they help you make your kitchen into the centerpiece you deserve.
Put things close to where they are used: Storage needs to support function. When selecting cabinetry, especially specific types of storage keep this in mind. Pots and pans should be near the stove. Flatware and glasses should be placed near the dishwasher to make this task easier.
Have walking space: Paths to walk through the kitchen should be three feet wide. By cooking surfaces these paths should increase to three and half feet to approximately four feet wide. This gives enough space according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Make sure to check your local building codes to make sure you don’t require more space than this.
Consider function: When putting appliances into your kitchen, place them in spots that support their function. Cooking areas shouldn’t be in high traffic lanes. The refrigerator is best placed on the edge of the space so both those working in the kitchen, and those just passing by have access to it.
Select the right height: The height of stoves, and microwaves is something that can affect your kitchens functionality. Place these in ways that best support your kitchen. If you wish small children to be able to use your microwave you need to position it so they can reach it.
Check your clearances: When putting cabinets into place make sure that you can open all the doors. That doors don’t hit each other, especially in the corners. Take into account how your dishwasher and stove may open, and if it will interfere with your cabinets.
Island Living: As you remodel your kitchen decide on the purpose of your island. Is it to be used as your cooking area, or is it a dining area? How you design your island depends on the answer to this question. If it is a dining area ensure there is enough clearance from a stove top to do so.
Give yourself room: Space is also a consideration when you place your cooktop and refrigerator. You should allow at least 15 inches to either side of your cooktop and refrigerator for people to place things. You should also leave this amount of room by your microwave.
Countertop depth: The depth of your countertops should reflect the amount you cook. If you are an avid cook, you require a wider countertop that allows you to put bowls and kettles out. If you only cook large meals from time to time, don’t waste the square footage on deep counters.
Consider a second option: If you have a high traffic kitchen, and are an avid cook, you may benefit from a second microwave, or a mini fridge off to the side. This will allow family members to get drinks, or make a quick snack without interrupting the cooking being done on a larger scale.
Keep things in reach: A well placed shelf or some hooks will keep what you need close to hand. Have spices and other necessary items in places that you can easily reach from your cooktop and stove.
Pot fillers are a plus: A swing out tap called a “pot filler” can be something that helps a cook. Instead of having to carry water back and forth these pot fillers are able to fill at the stove itself. They also lend a bit of a luxury feel to a kitchen.
Knife Storage: Spend a bit extra on a dedicated knife storage drawer. This keeps your countertop clear of a knife block. It also ensures you keep your knives organized and out of the reach of any small hands that may come by.
Recycling drawer: Spend a bit extra for a dedicated recycle drawer. This makes your kitchen a bit less cluttered. A roll out recycling drawer by the sink is an effective place that helps the flow of your kitchen.
Outlets: Make sure you put enough outlets on both the backsplash and the island. It is very rare for anyone to stand around their kitchen and say “well there are just too many outlets”. When thinking about outlets it can give your kitchen some extra pizazz to have ones that are USB ready.
Think about cleaning: The countertops and flooring you choose need to be functional as well as attractive. Unless you are a couple without small children around consider if the marble you pick will stain easily. Also think about the long term, how difficult is it going to be to clean? Your best choices are those that clean easily, like granite for stone, or even formica countertops.
Break up large runs of cabinets: Visually a long run of cabinets can seem boring. Take this into consideration when placing your stove and dishwasher. By putting them in places that break up runs of cabinetry you give your kitchen a better visual appeal.
Don’t forget a wow: If you are remodeling your kitchen for the best resale value don’t forget a wow. The best home remodel that increases home value is one that appeals to the most buyers. This is necessarily a sort of simplistic style and neutral tones. Don’t forget to include some sort of wow factor. This may be pendant lighting that is unique, or knobs and handles that give some extra style.
Planning is important: There is no tip more important than to plan. Every other tip is part of planning. Taking the time to carefully plan out your remodel will be of great benefit. From ensuring that you get the correct materials, to coordinating the best contractors. Your planning will have rewards far beyond what you may have thought.
Study your current kitchen: Before beginning your remodel take the time to study what doesn’t work in your current layout. Is the dishwasher too far away from the dish cabinets? Is there not enough room to walk? Address these issues in your remodeling plan. It is not enough to look good when you are done, it should improve function as well.
Hire a contractor: Although you can save money by doing much of the work yourself there are limits to what is possible. Be realistic about what you are capable of doing on your own. When in doubt, hire out. You may be able to save money by doing it yourself, but you may also spend more having someone fix what you did wrong.
Don’t overspend: Your kitchen remodel shouldn’t be make your kitchen worth more than 6% of the value of your home. This should be your starting budget number as you plan for what to do in your kitchen. This also means don’t overspend on your appliances as well. Purchase what you will use, what fits into your design, without trying to always get the most expensive option.
Keep the style of your home: It’s often an impulse to design a kitchen of dreams. It is always best to stay in the style of your home though. If your home is a colonial style, putting in an ultra-modern kitchen will bring a lower return on your investment. People expect the insides of a home to flow with the exterior.
Take advantage of technology: Judicious application of the newest technology can have a large impact on your kitchen remodel. If you can place this in the context of your kitchen you will improve the overall impact of your remodel.
Keep plumbing in place: Unless there is a good reason, you should leave your plumbing where it is. Moving plumbing can often come with significant costs. It also may require you to tear out the ceiling of the room beneath your kitchen. So unless your kitchen requires it, move other elements to fit with where your plumbing is.
Have the right flow: Your kitchen is a work space. Your work space needs to have the right flow. As you remodel look at where you wish to put things and place them in support of this idea. Look at where your kitchen fits in the flow of your home as well.
If possible keep your cabinets: If your current configuration works for your kitchen, save money and keep your cabinets. This works best if they are undamaged and able to be easily refinished. It is much cheaper to replace the doors than to do a complete replacement of all of the cabinetry.
Get good hardware: Selecting good hardware can be the best use of some of your budget. Save money by selecting a simple cabinet door design, and pick good knobs and pulls that give your kitchen some style.
Find the best advice: It is a great idea to find the best advice possible. This may include hiring a professional kitchen designer. At the very least take advantage of online forums that will allow you to ask questions, and get answers about what the best ideas are.
Match your appliances: Avoid buying different brands of appliances. Mismatched appliances give your kitchen a look of being unfinished, or not well thought out. Use your appliances to tie the look of your kitchen together.
Match your fixtures: The same thought about appliances goes with the fixtures that you select. Your fixtures need to be consistent and support an overall design for your kitchen.
Use quality materials: Although it might seem a waste to select a higher quality material, you will save money with this choice. If you have to choose between an extra and a higher quality material your better off selecting the higher quality
Determine cabinet heights: The height of your cabinets is not a fixed size. For eight foot ceilings use the full height of the kitchen. If you have a higher ceiling leave at least 15 to 18 inches of clearance between the top of the cabinet and the ceiling of your kitchen.
Countertops are important elements: Your countertops serve a dual purpose. They are part of the style of your kitchen, as well as being the primary work surface. This means if you have money to splurge your countertops are a good place to do so.
Don’t forget the triangle: There is a good rule in kitchen design regarding the relationship between your stove, your sink, and your cooktop. This rule states that they should be equidistant from each other. The best distance is that this triangle is not, in total, more than nine feet.
Ensure lighting works: Lighting your kitchen is an important consideration. You need a sort of overall light that provides comfort, and task lighting that supports your cooking. Recessed or pendant lighting can give you spot lighting on areas that you work in the most.
The stove is a centerpiece: Your stove is a focal point in your kitchen. Make a choice that reflects this, treat it as a point of style. Whatever style your kitchen is striving for, select a stove that supports this. Visually if you are going for rustic, an ultra-modern stove will look out of place.
Your floors have to stand up to the wear and tear: The floors of your kitchen must stand up to unique conditions. Not only does it need to stand up to foot traffic, it also must withstand pots and pans that are dropped, and the inevitable spills that will occur. Hardwood is not the best choice for your kitchen, despite what television seems to say. A tile, or even a laminate of some sort is often far more useful in a kitchen.
Keep the dishwasher to the right side of your sink: A small decision that is often overlooked is the placement of the dishwasher in relation to your sink. Most people are right handed. Putting your dishwasher to the right of your sink will make doing dishes less awkward.
Select a faucet with one handle that controls hot and cold: Separate knobs for hot and cold water may seem cute or fit the style you choose. While cooking it is often difficult to quickly adjust the water temperature with one hand. Select a faucet that has one control that will adjust the temperature.
Buy the appliances you will use: Most home owners do not need a gourmet kitchen. Avoid the cost of these appliances and select ones that work for normal cooking. A higher end appliance will still make your kitchen stand out, while being more useful.
If you can afford it, gut it: If you have the budget to support it, your best idea is to gut your kitchen completely. Tearing your kitchen down to the studs will reveal any hidden problems. It is important to fix these issues as part of your remodel.
Research pays off: Research each part of your remodel to get the most benefit from it. Research the best prices for everything that you need for the remodel. When looking for contractors, research them as well.
Stone can be more work than it is worth: At first glance stone seems to be what everyone wants. Before you make this choice do some careful research into the upkeep that it requires. Some stone needs to be resealed periodically. Other stone must be cleaned only in certain ways, or shows stains merely from metal resting on them too long. Ensure you know what is involved for the stone you are considering using.
Ventilation is important too: The ventilation of your kitchen is something you have to keep in mind. The cost of venting your kitchen to the exterior of the home is worth it though. Venting your kitchen to the exterior reduces the temperature of your home in the summer. This recoups some of the cost over time.
Undermount sinks are easier to clean: An undermount sink has no lip to catch things. This helps you to keep your kitchen just a bit cleaner. Over time it also won’t require you to reseal the kitchen lip to your counter as well.
Remember to keep your 20% cushion: In any kitchen remodel you should keep money in reserve. For a normal remodel you should have a 20% buffer to address those things that come up. These are cost overages for labor, or that extra box of flooring you didn’t calculate for. At the end of your remodel this money can be used for finishing touches or saved for the next project.
Set up a temporary kitchen while remodeling: Something a lot of home owners don’t think about is what to do while they are remodeling their kitchen. Make plans ahead of time for what you will do for this period of time. Setting up a small temporary kitchen in another room can save hundreds, even thousands, of dollars. Making a small kitchen area saves you the cost of constantly eating out through the time it takes to remodel your kitchen.
Floor models can be a great savings: A way to find some savings is to buy floor models. These appliances normally have very little wear and tear. However, since they are not able to be sold as “new” they can often be purchased at a discounted price. While a floor model is not always available, it is a great choice if it is.
Consult an architect: A professional architect is essential if you are doing any sort of extensive remodeling. If you are moving a wall it is unavoidable. An architect will save you expensive fixes later on. Most building and zoning officials will require professional drawings to get approval for your project. An architect is who will prepare these drawings.
Timing can matter: Take advantage of holiday sales. While not every home owner can plan their remodel around holidays, if you can you may find significant savings. Events like black Friday sales, and the odd holiday sale can get you discounts on major appliances and other materials.
Make use of professional installers: When purchasing appliances, and occasional flooring or countertops professional installation is offered. Always take advantage of this if you are able to do so. This option is basically free labor that doesn’t come out of your budget.