Embarking on a kitchen remodeling project is quite a significant undertaking. The kitchen is most likely a significant hub in your household, as with most. Having it both out of action due to renovations, and then taking on a new look can be disruptive, and may take some getting used too.
In today’s world, it is now quite common to use a kitchen designer to help you.
As top kitchen designers in North Virginia, we can help you fulfill all your kitchen dreams, and take away some of the headaches and challenges listed below.
In this article, we will take a look at the seven major things you need to consider when looking to remodel your kitchen in the greater Washington DC metro area. Whether you are in Bethesda, Manassas or Fairfax, these five considerations should come into any kitchen renovation.
Let’s begin with the impact on your wallet:
A kitchen remodel doesn’t come cheap but there are upsides to spending your hard earned dollars on a kitchen renovation in Northern Virginia.
According to Remodeling Magazine 2018/19 cost versus value report a major kitchen remodeling project cost across the United States averages at roughly $66,000.
Yet, homeowners who made this investment made an average return of $41,300 or 62% of their kitchen remodeling costs when they sold their property.
So before you start your remodeling spend, considerable time preparing and planning to minimize excess expenditure.
A useful start might be to divide your kitchen budget into different component costs. A typical North Virginia Kitchen remodel budget is allocated amongst the different components. Whether your budget is $5,000 or $50,000 here is how it’s usually divided up (on average);
29% Cabinets & Hardware
22% Design & Installation
16% Walls, ceilings, floors, doors, windows.
14% Appliances & Ventilation
9% Electrical & Plumbing
When planning your kitchen, consider its flow, your existing design and what you want to achieve.
Your kitchen needs to suit your lifestyle. Is it a social space for entertaining? Is it a total family space for gathering and chilling out. Is it somewhere for you to practice and hone your culinary skills?
Ask yourself at the start of this process what the primary uses of your kitchen will be.
The other consideration when planning your kitchen remodeling is style. In kitchen remodels, the styles can vary between country kitchens, minimalist modern kitchens or glossy chic kitchens.
There are many styles to choose from; however, think about your personality, personal preferences and what will suit your home. Don’t also forget to consider your budget.
Layout & Design
A good start when beginning your layout planning is to start with a floor plan.
Some things to think about are:
The design (see below)
Your storage needs
There are three different types of kitchen design.
U-shaped, L-shaped and galley models.
U shape kitchens wrap around the space in a U shape and would have the sink on one side in the middle of the U
It would then have the oven or cooking area in the other side of the U.
The final side of the U would house the refrigerator or freezer.
The L shape has the refrigerator on the short side of the L with the oven, stove and sink on the longer side.
A galley kitchen has two countertops across from each other, and you might have an island in the middle. Pure efficiency revolves around this style.
When considering flow, be sure your busiest areas in the kitchen such as the sink, oven, and refrigerator are positioned for a smooth flow for the cook.
Appliances & Cabinets
These are important aspects of your total kitchen renovation in your North Virginia home.
One thing that sometimes gets overlooked is the special individual needs of the people who will be using the kitchen.
Make sure you consider the height, reach and physical capabilities of the people who will be using the kitchen.
How tall should the cabinets be? Will more than one person work in the space? Are child locks required on the cabinets?
Think about your plumbing and electrical requirements. Will you be using the existing plumbing for sinks and appliances or will you need new installations?
If you are planning a kitchen island in your kitchen make sure you factor in plumbing and electrical supply.
Work out where your appliances are going to be located and ensure there are electrical points and power outlets that can cope.
One mistake some people make is to leave the choice of their appliances to last. Try not to, always choose your major appliances first and plan your cabinets around them.
For your cabinets, think about the materials you want them manufactured in.
The materials for cabinets could include wood ( cherry, maple, oak, and birch). You can also source particleboard, fibreboard or stainless steel.
A countertop is available in granite, marble, concrete and again, stainless steel.
Last but not least, one of the things that can set your kitchen apart from others is the lighting.
When you are thinking about your lighting needs it is a good idea if you can, to make your system as flexible as you can.
This will allow you to regulate different areas of your kitchen.
The introduction of secondary lighting above areas such as cookers and work areas can also be useful.
One of the most common types of lighting found in a kitchen can be located in the recessed cove around the top of the room.
This is usually fitted with a daylight T5 fluorescent or LED tube that floods the ceiling with light.
This creates a brighter ceiling that bounces and reflects light throughout the space.
Gone are the days when we flooded our ceilings with downlighters.
Latest LED lighting technology lets us use more directive and functional downlights. Downlighters should be used where you need light.
Under cabinet lighting is usually the best solution for task lighting.
It is well-hidden and stops shadows obscuring the worktop you are working on.
If you are considering any form of kitchen makeover or renovation project, and you live in northern Virginia, the five areas above are a must when considering your deliberations.
After buying your house, a kitchen makeover can be the second most expensive outlay you might make on your home.
Plan well, and you can create the kitchen of your dreams.