When people say the kitchen is the heart of the home, they should add in that it is also that is the best room to renovate to add value to your home. Here are a few pointers and list of materials you will need when taking on this kitchen renovation journey.
First things first, set your budget and stick to it; this is crucial. Sure you love a photo of that kitchen you found on pinterest, but is a $4,000 range hood really within your spending limits? (and if it is, then by all means GO FOR IT!) It’s easy to walk around a store picking out all the items you want, think you’re all set, tally it up and find out you are easily $15,000 over. Do your homework for products, and if what you want is out of range, look for something you could substitute with but will still love.
Second, you may want to meet with a kitchen designer; you can find them at many of the big box stores. They are a great asset because they will listen to you, help you pick out products to stay within your budget and then create on their computer a 3D layout through a program called CAD to make sure it’s perfect.
Third, pick your materials. This is a really big, overwhelming step because there are a crazy amount of products in this world (I personally get overwhelmed when I walk down the faucet aisle and I’m not stranger to home renovations.) Keep in mind, you get what you pay for, sure those boxed cabinets are cheap and they look nice, but how well are they going to hang when being installed? Or how long will they stay looking nice?
So a basic list of everything you need to consider for materials (and a few popular options) goes a little something like this and let us start from the bottom, shall we?
Flooring: Wood, laminate, tile
Cabinets: Two options here: store bought boxes, or hand crafted. Surprisingly, people think that hand built cabinets from a craftsman is very expensive, but it really depends on what wood you choose, how big your kitchen is, and who you choose to do the job, but the longevity compared to store bought boxes is amazing. So, don’t rule it out!
Countertops: Coraline, granite, marble, soapstone, even poured concrete.
Wall Treatments: Subway tile, mosaic tile, sheetrock, tin.
Appliances: Sink, stove, fridge, dishwasher, range hood, build in microwave, wall oven, convection oven, wine cooler (fancy!)
Fixtures: Hardware, faucets, those amazing adapters for slam proof drawers and cabinet doors.
Lighting: Pod, recess, pendants, chandeliers.
As you can see there are clearly a MILLION combinations and options when planning out a kitchen and it can be as cheap and $10,000 to really the sky is the limit. Just remember the cardinal rule of stick to your budget and whatever you come up will be beautiful. Bon appétit!