5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before a Kitchen Renovation

Kitchen renovation can be a tremendous is a venture with the caveat always being the way such a project can increase the value of your home. Even if you have no planned necessity for increasing the value for a home sale, kitchen renovation remains a sound investment. Who wouldn’t like more space and the ability to redesign a kitchen that meets your individual needs? Not all kitchen renovations are pointed toward the same goal, however, which is why you should always come up with definitive answers to the following five questions before plunging into process of kitchen renovation.

  • How Often Do I Cook? 

Answer this question truthfully. How much you actually use appliances, cabinets, storage areas, counter space and the rest of the layout will dictate everything that goes into kitchen renovation. The question of how often you actually use the kitchen for cooking will impact renovation decisions regarding the layout of your kitchen, whether you should upgrade your appliances, adding or removing storage space and even the type of countertops you should use. If you are going to dive into kitchen renovation, shouldn’t it be with the goal of creating a kitchen that is better suited to your cooking needs?

  • Is the Kitchen Used for Dining? 

Some people like to eat in the kitchen. Others prefer a separate dining area or eating in front of the TV in the living room. A kitchen renovation for those who like dining in the same place they cook could mean the introduction of a breakfast nook. Or perhaps renovating a counter to turn it into a bar. On the other hand, if your kitchen was built for a family that enjoyed eating in the kitchen and you never take advantage of it, a kitchen renovation is the perfect opportunity to expand your cooking needs by transforming that wasted dining area.

  •  How Many Chefs Does Your Home Have? 

Is your kitchen the sole domain of one cook? Or are you a family of foodies? If the answer to this question is that you have multiple people cooking meals at the same time, your kitchen renovation plans should incorporate this trait. If you have been making do with a single sink, now is the time to install a double sink. Or perhaps even two separate sinks on opposite ends of the kitchen. If one person does a lot of baking and another does a lot of frying, then a kitchen renovation should take up the consideration of an oven separate from the range. Give yourself plenty of room between where meals are prepared and where meals are cooked to allow full commitment without worrying about fighting over space or cross-contamination of food.

  • Do I Really Need to Upgrade my Appliances? 

A kitchen renovation often involves upgrading your appliances, but keep in mind that it doesn’t necessarily require it. First ask yourself if you really need something new and then, once your budget is set, consider what you want to add. Things to think about before a kitchen renovation include whether your find yourself having more food than your refrigerator or freezer can hold. Would switching to a gas stove save on utility bills over your current electric model. Do you really produce enough trash to justify adding a garbage disposal.

  • How Much Food Do I Buy and What Kind? 

Do you tend to buy all your food at once or are finding yourself at the supermarket a couple of times a week? Do you buy a lot of frozen food, canned foods or fresh food? The types of food you buy and the amount you purchase on a single visit to the grocery can help considerably when planning a kitchen renovation. Those who mostly buy fresh and frozen food in bulk at a warehouse club should consider giving up pantry and cabinet space in favor of a larger refrigerator or freezer. The opposite is true if your meals mainly consist of canned food. Kitchen renovation should provide adequate space to store the particular types of food you buy in bulk. If you tend to buy only about a week in advance of preparation, you may want to find other uses for a large pantry or scale down the size of your refrigerator.

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