When it comes to kitchen renovations, there’s a lot of information out there nowadays. While the 21st century has made it easier to access this info than ever before, it’s also unintentionally created another issue…noise. The noise we’re talking about of course isn’t audible, but rather refers to the overwhelming amount of data that’s available to you at a moment’s notice. The problem with noise is that it can make it incredibly difficult to decipher the right from the wrong. Which is why you need someone who can quiet all the noise and help you focus on the areas that truly matter.
This issue of noise is no less apparent than when it comes to renovating your kitchen. The kitchen renovation industry provides a ton of potentially helpful content, but how do you know what information is most important for you? That’s where we come in. To help make it easy for you, we’ve outlined some key areas that will be crucial when deciding the direction you’d like your new kitchen renovation to go. Keep in mind that these areas will be pertaining primarily to the layout and design of the kitchen itself. So, without further ado…
The first step is to define the purpose of the renovation. You can simply say, “well, to get a new kitchen, of course!” But it’s much more than that. Defining the purpose of the kitchen is like defining your goals for the renovation. Now obviously we all know the primary service of a kitchen, but what we’re talking about is asking yourself questions like the following…
- What is the primary purpose of this kitchen?
- Is this the primary or secondary kitchen in the home?
- Where is the kitchen located? Main floor? Second floor? Basement?
- Will the kitchen be for meals and utility uses, or for social functions as well?
- How many people will the kitchen be required to service on a daily basis?
By asking yourself these simple questions first, you’ll be able to get a better idea of what needs the kitchen will be satisfying in the home. That way, you can guarantee that your renovation will stay on track.
It may come as a surprise, but your lifestyle plays a big factor during a kitchen renovation. But why is that? You see, what many people don’t realize is that designing a kitchen is a highly “feng shui” experience. Meaning that you need to design your kitchen around how you would use it. Let’s go through it one more time because the importance of this can’t be overstated. What truly sets custom designed kitchens apart from the cookie-cutter, run of the mill ones is that a custom designed kitchen is made for you and your space, NOT the other way around.
This sense of lifestyle really pays huge dividends as you progress further along the renovation’s timeline in the form of materials. Depending on your lifestyle, certain kitchen materials may be better suited for your needs. For example, say you live a busy life with your husband and 3 children. You don’t have a ton of time to clean right? So why get a granite countertop that’s porous and needs to be constantly resealed? It just doesn’t make sense. However, if you didn’t have as busy of a home life, then maybe you could afford the extra time needed for care and maintenance. And these are just the materials!
However, in order to design a truly balanced kitchen, you need an experienced designer who knows how to craft the perfect layout for you and your home. Which is where we come in!
Long term or fixer upper
Another factor that plays a pivotal role in your kitchen renovation is to determine whether you’re investing into a kitchen for the long term or if you’re looking to simply invest into the house to increase its resale value. Now you may think, “well, what’s the difference?” A lot, actually!
If you’ve decided to invest into a home for the long term, then congratulations, you get to pick everything that suits you. From the kitchen’s layout to the hardware used to the various trendy features that can be implemented into the space, every decision can be based on subjective reasoning since you’re crafting the space specifically for your own use.
But what if you’ve decided that you’re only going to flip this home? Then the best course of action would be to go with neutral colours and a timeless design to maximize the resale value of the property.
It may seem rather obvious, but the vast majority of people tend to overlook these 3 essential factors to consider when taking on your next kitchen renovation. Have questions or need some help getting guidance? Our team would love to help you! Stop by our showroom or give us a call at 905-357-6344 to get started.