So you’re in the heart of the Hudson Valley in Orange County New York, sipping a cup of coffee, in a worn out kitchen in dire need of remodeling. What are your first steps? What should you be thinking about? Obviously, there’s budget and feasibility. As a homeowner, you’ll know those constraints best. But projects tend to shake out in similar ways. For instance, This Old House magazine notes that most kitchen remodels tend to allocate 61 percent of the project budget on cabinets and hardware, counters, design – also known as “what you’ve already been dreaming about.” If you ask the right questions, you might be surprised with your savings.
- Space limitations. Pretty much all the experts agree you need to take your existing space into account before considering a kitchen design project. You might not have all the answers until a designer or architect comes on board, but there are questions you can ask yourself.
- Do you want to take down walls?
- What needs to be replaced exactly? Cabinets? Countertops?
- Is your current layout OK, but just in need of an aesthetic makeover?
- Is there enough room to add an island?
- Where is natural light coming into the room? Can that play off your redesign?
- Customization. Now that your space constraints and budget are nailed down, get creative. Think about what you wish your kitchen could do.
- If an existing drawer or cabinet lacks the functionality you desire, ask how to customize a solution.
- What’s the trend in fixtures? Double sinks, Pot Filler Faucets, Microwave drawers… the list is extensive, providing both functionality and design.
- Are you OK with Formica, or will nothing but granite, marble, or quartz work?
- Kitchen lighting options create aesthetic appeal as well as function… under cabinet lighting, pendants, high hats, dimmers… choices, choices and more choices.
- The Look. Identify what irks you about the way your kitchen looks now, and you’ll be one step closer to knowing what design features to ask for in a remodeling project. It could be minimalist industrial, or homey soft colors and granite countertops. It’s up to you. But settling on a general concept helps you ask better questions about which products are available.
No matter what kitchen project you’re dreaming of, be sure to explore the possibilities, research the options and pick the brains of the experts. Visit http://hudsonvalleykitchens.com/ and call 845-294-8242 to get a personalized consultation.