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It’s not unusual for people to get the itch; the itch that tells them it’s time to remodel their kitchen. Everyone does it for different reasons, and there are a few things to take into consideration before starting.

Is it for you or someone else?

Are you remodeling the kitchen for yourself, or are you planning to sell the house? Unless you are about to put your house on the market in the next 12-24 months, any remodeling should have your lifestyle in mind. After all, you’ll be the one living there.

If you’re listing, be careful how you design the kitchen. Your idea of a stylish kitchen may not be someone else’s. In this case, the best option might be to ask your contractor. They see plenty of kitchens, and they can help advise you on what would sell best.

Is your kitchen functional?

You want your kitchen to look great, but don’t forget, the room has a purpose. Everything should have its own place. Take inventory of what you have, and make sure you make room for it, and adding extra room for future kitchen items is a smart idea too. Think about all of your pots, pans, plates, spices, cutting boards, gadgets, serving platters, baking equipment, trays, wine bottles, and even think about where to store your appliances and garbage can.

Use simple dividers to get organized and consider using deep pullout drawers instead of lower base cabinets for everyday pots and pans. Whether you’re in the kitchen a lot or not, your body will thank you.

Select Your Lighting Well

Great lighting plan can make a huge difference between your new kitchen looking ordinary or remarkable. If your kitchen has only one or two ceiling lights and a tiny window over the sink, perhaps it’s time to upgrade. Replace old windows and doors with larger, modern ones that let in more light. Use layers of light like recessed lighting, LED under-cabinet lights, pendant fixtures, or a chandelier to create a dramatic effect. For glass-front cabinets, you can install mini-spotlights at the top to display beautiful glassware. If you put dimmer switches on all kitchen lighting, you can control the amount of light throughout the day.

Are you playing it too safe?

Basically, are you going to be satisfied with your remodel? Or, if you’re going to sell it, is it going to bring the maximum value? This can be a difficult path to navigate but talk with your contractor. They will be able to help you decide on what will be best.

Consider Your Budget

The worst part of any remodel is figuring out how much it will cost, but this should be the first step. Keep in mind, during a remodel, there may be unexpected ‘surprises’ that pop up, so it’s always a good idea to have that included. There are different ways to get a more exact budget. Enlist the help of a neighborhood realtor for advice on the added value your undertaking will add to your home. Study your favorite kitchen and remodeling magazines and websites for budgeting hints. Then explore ways to save money by doing some of the work yourself or giving your cabinets a facelift, rather than buying new ones.

If you have specific design needs, Riverside Kitchen & Bath can meet them. We can help  advise you on the dos and don’ts, and help produce your dream kitchen. You can call us at 570-296-4458 or visit our website. If you’re in the area, check out our showroom located at 129 Route 6 Milford, PA 18337.