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What To Consider Before A Kitchen Remodel

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Thinking of a kitchen remodel? If so, you probably know there is a lot to consider when you’re in the planning stages. A kitchen remodel can be a big endeavor, so you want to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything up front. Our sales and design team at Dwell Custom Cabinetry have this part of the process down to a science.   And, they can help you figure out all the important details before you get to the fun part of the actual design.

Listed below are the three major components to determine before you begin your kitchen remodel:

Budget:

This is the first rule of a kitchen remodel…know how much you have to spend. In actuality, you need to have two budget amounts in mind. The first is the amount of money that you want to spend. No one wants to spend more than they have to, so having this figure will help serve as a good guideline. However…sometimes kitchen remodel jobs go over budget. Our goal at Dwell is to always stay within the planned budget. However, you do have to account for any possible changes that might alter your initial financial plans. Such changes include times when you change your mind on a material or a fixture. After all, if you’re doing a kitchen remodel, you want to make sure it’s just how you want it, right?

Which brings us to the second budget amount. After knowing how much you want to spend, always factor in what your actual bottom line is. Knowing this number will keep you in check and within your expected spending limit.

Your Space:

Assessing your kitchen space to see if there is enough room for what you want to accomplish with your kitchen remodel is step number two. Of course, your budget will help drive what you can do, but if you have the funds and the space to enlarge your kitchen, it could be an option for you.

Looking at your needs for your kitchen remodel will help you determine if you want to add on or not. What is your reason for wanting to remodel in the first place? Do you actually need more space or do you just want a kitchen that is lighter, brighter, and more functional? If you want to expand the space, you need to look at where that extra space will come from. Can you steal some real estate from an adjoining room, or perhaps knock out an exterior wall and use space from your yard? Our design team can help you with this assessment, but it is also important to consult with contractors who can advise on such things as water lines, gas piping, and ductwork.

Appliances and Cabinetry:

Adding new appliances can greatly affect the flow and size of your kitchen remodel.   From walk-in refrigerators to warming drawers to multiple dishwashers, there are many decisions that need to be made when it comes to appliances.  Knowing what you want and what you’ll have room for will influence the rest of your kitchen design, including the cabinetry.

While we’re on the subject of cabinetry, we can’t help but suggest going with something up unique and interesting with your cabinet design. Everything depends on the style of your home, but if you are open to a fresh, new look, you might consider some classic trends that have great staying power. One of our favorite looks includes the use of reclaimed wood. Reclaimed wood has a rustic feel to it, but it can also be married to some contemporary or traditional elements that will make your kitchen remodel one to love now…and for a very long time.

Contact us at Dwell Custom Cabinetry if you’re thinking about what it would take to design your ideal kitchen.  We can help you with every detail…from concept to completion!