Getting distracted while planning for a kitchen remodel happens easily. Sure, that new model refrigerator looks great, but it may not be exactly what you need.
A quick way to outspend your budget is to overestimate your needs. A large commercial grade stove is not always necessary, even if it looks the best. The same goes for refrigerators and other kitchen appliances. Only go as big and modern as what fits you.
One key to a great looking kitchen is efficient lighting. As a cook, you need bright lighting during food preparation. Track lighting installed over the food prep area provides exactly what you need. Install lights under cabinets, or use hanging lights over commonly used areas to increase the brightness of your new kitchen. These lights will come in handy when you’re cleaning up after meals by helping you find spots on counters or even dishes.
Remodeling a kitchen is a big investment. If you’re going to do it, do it right. Avoid purchasing cheap materials just to save a few dollars. Look for durability in your kitchen. Solid countertops that require low maintenance are a great long-term investment. They will look just as great years down the road as they do right after installation.
Everyone could always use a little more storage in their kitchen. Plan for plenty of space for extra dishes, more food, or other unexpected additions. A great way to get the most out of your space is installing cabinets that extend to the ceiling. This also saves some work, as dusting the top will no longer be necessary. Installing extra shelving and hooks also increases your space efficiency.
Plan to get the most out of your kitchen remodel. Stay focused on your plan and budget, and your kitchen will be brand new in no time.