The kitchen is one of the most popular parts of the home that people choose to remodel. It is also one of the most frequently used rooms, and occasional renovations and upgrades are a welcome and refreshing change. 

Homeowners try to come up with new ideas on how to improve the functionality of their kitchen and maximize space while trying to accommodate contemporary styles. It is crucial to find the balance between utility and beauty and create a practical working space that inspires pride. 

I decided to talk to professionals to before I embark on my kitchen remodeling project so I talked to Ten Key Remodels, and here’s what they told me:

Plan Ahead

Any project requires thorough planning. This way, you will know exactly how much money is needed for everything you want to do, and you can also create a schedule for when and how the remodeling will happen. You need to think about functionality, and put on paper all the issues you faced in your current kitchen and how to improve that aspect of the kitchen before focusing on the aesthetic. 

Not everything in your kitchen has to be brand new, especially if you are remodeling your kitchen on a budget. Old cabinets you still like can be repainted and revamped with a fresh new look. You can also keep the appliances that are still in good shape. Even thrift store finds could be the perfect addition to your new and improved kitchen!

Consider Functionality and Space

The primary goal of remodeling is to make your kitchen more comfortable and spacious. More space for your cooking endeavors is always welcome, but it is just as important to use the space efficiently.

Think about your routine when cooking, consider how to connect the fridge, the stove, and the sink in a way that’s not intrusive but ensures a good flow and rhythm when you need to move constantly back and forth. 

This is where planning ahead and with professional assistance comes in handy. Before you go and buy new appliances, consider how much available space you have at your disposal. A new, fancy fridge sounds amazing, but can it fit in your current kitchen layout? This is where tips from pros can come in handy to help you narrow down your options and choose between brands, sizes, and performance.

Use Lighting to Your Advantage

There’s nothing worse than bad lighting in your working space. Kitchen remodeling allows you to brighten up the whole room and make the entire cooking experience more enjoyable and productive. Good lighting makes the whole area look amazing. Be smart and playful with how you distribute light sources. 

By doing so, you can enhance the practicality of the kitchen and make it more welcoming. Recessed ceiling lighting fixtures are always a great idea as they bring a pleasant ambiance and warmth. Cabinet lighting is useful for specific tasks, and you can install it under the cabinets for convenience or in another heavily used area of the kitchen.

Pick Flooring Carefully

There are multiple options when it comes to picking the right floor material. Do you need to ask yourself again what the goal is? Should you opt for wood that offers a warm and beautiful feel but quickly shows signs of wear? Porcelain tiles come in a variety of designs and they are easy to clean, but the hard surface doesn’t feel or look too comfortable. Laminate is a practical alternative as it looks near and like-natural. It is also pretty friendly when it comes to cleaning and freedom of movement, in addition to being more affordable and easier to install. However, it is not as resistant to damage from spills and stains.

Create a Realistic Budget

Last but not least, to be able to put all the planning into reality you need to set a realistic budget. Think about how much money you are willing to invest, and whether the remodeling project will make a huge dent in your budget. If you’ve ever considered reselling, then that also comes into the equation. Then you can be more flexible with resource allocation, as it will increase the price of your home in total. Try to stay within the frame of your home’s overall value. You don’t need the kitchen’s value to spike from the rest of your home too much, as that may mean you will get a lower return on investment than you have expected.