A dream kitchen seems to capture the imagination of every homeowner we speak to. Whether they are avid cooks or not, renovating their kitchen so they can have a a modern, open space is one of our most common inquiries.
And rightly so! Kitchens are a place where you can entertain your guests, cook great meals, bond with your family, and are often one of the first impressions people receive when they enter your home. Also, a modern, updated kitchen can add a ton of value to your home (nearly a 5% average value increase) if you're looking to sell.
This said, there are several considerations to think about before starting your dream kitchen renovation. Check them out below.
1. Decide on the purpose of the renovation
Are you planning to sell your home after the upgrade? Or do you plan on growing old in your home? Believe it or not, this simple question can make a world of difference in the value of your home (if you're looking to sell), and your satisfaction of the final product (if you plan on staying).
If you're looking to renovate your kitchen in preparation for a sale, it's best to choose a colour and design scheme that isn't too wildly creative or unusual, and one that follows a neutral colour palette. Make sure to choose lasting favourites (like stainless steel appliances), rather than quick fads (like farmhouse sinks).
If you plan on living in your home for many years to come, your personal satisfaction is more important than following a safer neutral colour scheme. Choose a design that makes you feel comfortable at home, and try to future-proof your kitchen by choosing the highest quality materials and appliances.
2. Make functional and aesthetic design decisions
Now that you've decided on the purpose of your kitchen renovation, it's a good time to go further into the design process. This is the time to be honest with yourself and ask the big questions.
- Is my kitchen too small? Should I make the space bigger?
- Are there any special considerations I have to take into account? (For example, do you have a handicapped family member who requires more accessible access points?)
- Are there structural changes I've been wanting to make that I have the chance to do now? (For example, installing extra windows or removing a wall to make the kitchen bigger)
- Is there anything on my dream list that I could do at the same time?
Answering these questions will make it easier to convey to your contractor exactly the finished product you're looking for. It will also make it easier to create (and follow) your budget and to answer all the questions that typically go along with that.
3. Take advantage of long term cost savings
There are a number of kitchen upgrades that can add a lot of appeal to future buyers (or even save you money in the long term). Think about items like:
- Highly efficient energy saving appliances
- Skylights or windows for natural light heating
- High quality upgrades like granite or quartz
- High quality plywood kitchen cabinet boxes
- Real wood doors
Because of the typical costs of a kitchen renovation, doing it right and choosing the highest quality pieces will help you to avoid doing unnecessary upgrades in the near future.
4. Figure out your budget
A high quality kitchen renovation can, without a doubt, add value to your home. But because they're such a valuable space they do have a very wide budget range. Are you looking for the highest quality (and energy saving) appliances? Granite countertops? New flooring?
It's important think about the purpose and design of your new kitchen, and work backwards to see if it fits into your ideal budget. Are you planning on spending $20,000 or up to $100,000? Whichever range of budget you decide on, it will help to figure out what type of materials and work you want done before speaking to your contractor.
5. Communicate with your contractor
At this phase you'll want to reach out to your contractor to go over all the necessary details. Things like terms of payment, materials budget (if they're purchasing materials for you), time budget, and hashing out project expectations will all need to be considered.
Make sure to choose a contractor that doesn't require an up-front payment and talks more about doing a quality job than doing it cheaply or quickly. The latter two qualities can certainly be valuable, but we've found that when they're the baseline of the contracting pitch, it usually means corners will be cut.
Follow these 5 steps and get the ideal kitchen for your unique needs
Whether your budget is on the high end or the low end, high quality work is what you should expect. Do the above preparation before reaching out to your contractor to make sure the end product meets your unique needs. And don't forget to enjoy the process!
Olmani Renovations offers complete kitchen renovation services in the cities of Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, North Vancouver and West Vancouver. Check out our most recent kitchen projects and give us a call at 604-376-3192 when you're ready for a quote!