If home improvement TV programs are to be believed, it seems the kitchen is one of the most contentious parts of the house for many families. Truth be told, there’s probably something to this. After all, think about all the ways in which a kitchen might function: food preparation, dining, socializing, entertaining and family togetherness time are all frequent occurrences in many people’s kitchens. But whether your family has grown in size, your kids have gotten bigger, your cooking habits have changed or you’ve started hosting more regularly, regardless, you’re probably not satisfied with the state of your kitchen.
If you’ve spent enough time living with a kitchen you hate, or with one that just doesn’t function for you and your family any more, it’s probably time to seriously consider kitchen remodeling in Tupelo, MS. Here are some tips to keep that process running smoothly from the get-go and ensure you’re pleased with the finished results:
- Figure out what bugs you about your current kitchen… and avoid not fixing it. When you’re planning to remodel your kitchen, it can be helpful to really pay attention to how your current kitchen isn’t living up to its end of the bargain. Make some notes of what you absolutely can’t have in your new kitchen, and better yet, jot down some ideas of how your current situation could be improved.
- Recognize what you’ll actually use, rather than what you think you might use. One of the things about a kitchen remodel is that it brings out many people’s inner chef or entertainer. This is what leads families that don’t do a whole lot of cooking to invest too much of their budget in a giant stove that they won’t use. Rather than build a new kitchen for a lifestyle you aspire to, think of the lifestyle you have, and how your current kitchen could better accommodate your current needs.
- Be strategic with storage. While there’s considerable debate about kitchen cabinets and countertops, one thing’s for certain: you need both. If you’re considering a remodel, it’s likely there’s something about your storage space that isn’t working for you. Are there small appliances stashed in hard-to-access cabinets or piling up on your countertops? Do you have trouble finding things in your pantry? When planning your remodel, consider how much storage you need, and how it can most efficiently keep your kitchen clean and organized.
- Focus on functionality. The most important aspect of a kitchen remodel is functionality. A well-designed, functional kitchen is more likely to get used than a cluttered one. Situate your appliances to make food preparation and cooking go more smoothly, and if there are going to be more than one or two people using the kitchen at any given time, avoid designs that will lead to people tripping over each other.
Of course, any kitchen remodel is going to depend mostly on the habits and preferences of the people who are going to be using it. Therefore, there are probably some factors not discussed here. But that’s where a conversation with a remodeling contractor comes into the picture. If you’re considering kitchen remodeling in Tupelo, MS and have questions about where to begin, contact Estes Building & Remodeling, LLC. We’re happy to help you with any kitchen remodeling project, and we look forward to seeing how much you enjoy your new kitchen.