A lot of homeowners remodel their kitchens, but not all of them are happy with the results. Why is that? For one thing, many homeowners don’t think through the process before they begin. You know that old saying that: If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time”? It’s true when it comes to remodeling your kitchen. Here are 5 things to consider before you begin remodeling your Naples-area kitchen.
Why Are You Remodeling?
Most people don’t remodel a kitchen just because they don’t have anything better to do. There’s usually something driving that decision to remodel. What is it about your current kitchen that you don’t like? Is it too small? Is it poorly designed so that it’s hard to prepare meals? Is it too dark? Does it make it hard to entertain? Identify what you want your kitchen to be like before you begin creating plans. Let the purpose of your kitchen drive the design.
What Atmosphere or Feeling Are You Trying to Create?
Kitchens often tend to be a kind of “emotional” room. For many people they evoke memories of “home.” Others want a warm, friendly, spacious place where family and friends can congregate. Some are seriously into gourmet cooking and want their kitchen to be all business. What are you shooting for in your kitchen?
What’s Your Biggest “Must Have” Item?
When creating a budget for your remodeling project, it can be helpful to have a list of “Must-Have”, “Nice-to-Have”, and “If-Money-Were-No-Object” items. We think that’s a great idea. What’s the top item on your “Must-Have” list? Make sure you communicate that to your designer/builder. What is the one thing you’re not willing to sacrifice? That can make a big difference in how the room takes shape.
Will You Be Happy Down the Road?
It’s easy to get swept up by trends and fashion. But a kitchen remodel isn’t cheap. You’ll want to make sure you get your money’s worth out of it. That goes way beyond colors and cabinet styles. If you’re planning to be in your home for a longer period of time, will your needs change? Will you wish you had more room to maneuver? Will you have any trouble reaching outlets and cabinets in 5 or 10 years? Try to anticipate what will continue to make your kitchen enjoyable and usable down the road.
Does Your Kitchen Reflect Your Style?
Style really does matter. If the rest of your home is very modern, you probably don’t want to create a country-style kitchen—regardless of how cheery and bright it may feel. Think through what style you’re really comfortable with. You’ll still have a lot of options within any given style.
If you’re looking for ideas, check out the kitchens section of our photo gallery and take a visual tour of some of the different kitchens we’ve created for our clients. You’ll notice a lot of different—and beautiful—styles. Don’t let someone else’s idea of the perfect kitchen determine what’s right for you. You have all kinds of options!