10 Kitchen Remodeling Tips When Planning a Kitchen Renovation

If you’ve decided to remodel your kitchen, you want it to be attractive, yet functional so that it fits your needs and suits your style. At CLH Building Group, we provide professional kitchen remodeling services that will give you the kitchen you’ve always dreamed of having. 

As you start planning for your new kitchen, here are 10 tips to help steer you in the right direction.

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Kitchen Remodeling Tips

1. Have a Solid Plan

Before you start ripping up cabinets and adding new drawers, think carefully about what you want. Where are the areas you’d like more space? What items can you live without, and which ones are must-haves? Every kitchen is going to be unique, so think about what you want your kitchen to include so that you have a clear plan to bring to your contractor.

2. Think about Appliance Clearances

While you may think you have the perfect spot to put your new stove, you may not have enough room to clear the space when you open the oven door. The same goes for the other appliances in your kitchen. Be sure there is enough clearance room to safely open and close appliances and still move around the kitchen.

3. Lighten Up a Small Kitchen Space

If you have a small kitchen, opt for a lighter color scheme. Dark colors make a small space seem even smaller. Look to add neutral colors on the walls to make the room look larger. Also, use any natural light to your advantage by skipping window treatments.

4. Add Color

Adding color to kitchens is becoming more popular, just don’t overdo it. Choose a focal point, like the counters or cabinets, for your main dose of color. Stick to one color and then add little doses of complimentary colors to the backsplash or in your kitchen accessories.

5. Avoid Cabinetry Blocks

When it comes to kitchen remodeling, you want to avoid blocks of cabinets. These don’t add much style to your kitchen and can come across as boring and outdated. Instead, consider open shelving or glass pantry doors. These can add a touch of style to your remodeling plan.

6. Choose Products that are Easy to Clean

Your kitchen is going to get messy so you want to choose products that are easy to clean. For example, choosing an under-mount sink means you can avoid the crumb-catching rim that can become gross. 

Also, glossy finishes on cabinets and counters will show dirt more than a matte finish. As you look at different materials for your kitchen, think about the cleaning factor to save you time down the road.

7. Consider Keeping the Same Footprint

If you want to remodel your kitchen but are on a tight budget, consider keeping the same footprint. If you begin to move plumbing and wiring, it can get expensive. By keeping the appliances where they are and updating everything around them, you can still get a beautifully remodeled kitchen for less. You can still choose to get new appliances, just keep them in the same location.

8. Avoid Trends

While a certain pattern may look great today, it may not be “in” next year. If you go by trends in kitchen remodeling, you’re going to get an outdated kitchen quickly. Opt for timeless rather than trendy. Look for designs that won’t go out of style. If you have to add something trendy, do it with accessories like barstools. These are inexpensive to change if they get outdated, rather than an entire kitchen floor plan.

9. Add a Tile Backsplash

A tile backsplash not only compliments your kitchen but is also helpful to protect your walls. You can easily wipe off kitchen splatters from tile more easily than you can a wall. Avoid stains and protect your kitchen remodeling investment with a tile backsplash.

10. Find a Focal Point

While you may be adding plenty of new items to your kitchen, you don’t want to go into overload mode. Look for a spot in your kitchen design that can serve as your focal point. Once you do, compliment that area with a few details. This way, you don’t have busy countertop patterns, a colorful backsplash, and fancy floors all fighting for your attention.

FAQ About Kitchen Remodeling

How long will a kitchen remodeling project take?

This will depend on how much you are changing and what elements you are adding. You not only have to factor in labor time but also how long it will take for your supplies to arrive.

What are the steps of kitchen remodeling?

Once a plan is established and the design phase is complete, demolition will begin. This will include removing anything that needs to be replaced or reconfigured. Then, any plumbing or electrical work is usually done. From that point, your contractor will begin to work on the other details of your project including cabinets, countertops, floors, etc.

The finishing touches will include light fixtures and the installation of any new appliances. Once these are complete, your contractor will clean the area thoroughly and do a walkthrough with you to make sure everything is done to your satisfaction.

Will I be able to use my kitchen during the remodeling process?

This will depend on what is going on in your kitchen. If you’re working in only one area, you may be able to use your stove during the some of the process. Your contractor will let you know what you safely can and cannot use before the process begins.

Will I require a permit?

The rules vary depending on where you live, but generally, any project that involves electrical, plumbing, or structural changes will require a permit.

Are you Ready to Remodel Your Kitchen? Call CLH Building Group

CLH Building Group is your source for kitchen remodeling in Wilmington, NC, and surrounding areas. Our team of professionals will guide you every step of the way to provide amazing results. Call us today at  (910) 367-5124 or reach out to us online to learn more about our remodeling services and other construction services.