When you decide to go for a kitchen remodel, how do you decide what style to go for? What equipment to ditch and what to buy?

The most helpful advice we can give you to help you make tough choices is to get a clear picture of your kitchen remodel goals before you start.

Clear goals can help you make decisions and ultimately choose the options that will best support your goals.

Also remember that when remodeling a kitchen, you should always keep in mind function, efficiency, style and longevity.

If you are still not sure about your kitchen remodel goals, here are some tips that may help you decide.

Cost versus value

Cost versus value

Everything from cabinets to sinks to appliances come at a variety of price points. How do you decide when it is worth it to splurge for a high quality item and when it is best to save your money?

The right question you need to answer here is: Will this item improve the quality of your life?

Because in that case it is definitely worth the extra money. For example a good quality dishwasher will save you a lot of time and effort, so if you are going to buy one anyway, make sure you get a good one.

Thinking of your cost versus value choices as related to your experience in your kitchen, can help you get clarity on what is worth the extra cost and what makes more sense for you and your family.

How will you use your kitchen?

How will you use your kitchen?

Knowing how you will use your kitchen will help you decide easier when the choices confuse you.

Do you do a lot of entertaining? Do you have a big family?

These questions may help you know how many people you want to be able to serve at the same time.

The number of people you want your kitchen to accommodate will affect your design choices. From storage space to fridge capacity to the number of seats at the dining table.

Whenever possible, design with your maximum capacity needs in mind. Even if you only cook for your whole family once a month, you should aim at being  able to accommodate that number of people.

Be patient

Be patient

Any remodel in the house takes considerable time.

And if you are living in the house while construction is under work you may be tempted to lose your patience and make choices you wouldn’t normally make just because they are faster.

Nonetheless, you should be patient and never settle for something you do not like.

You must keep reminding yourself that even if the kitchen remodel takes a few months instead of a few weeks you will have to live with the results for years to come.

Design a Family kitchen for your family

Design a Family kitchen for your family

If you have a big family or plan on having one you should consider that while remodeling your kitchen.

Things like easy to clean and durable surfaces are integral parts of a family kitchen. Considering the amount of spills and broken dishes, you need something durable and easy to clean.

Additionally, you should consider placements when designing a family kitchen.

For instance, keep the stove way in the back, away from children, and try to keep the fridge in easy reach for everyone: the person cooking and family members.

Beautiful or practical

Beautiful or practical

Ideally a kitchen redesign should bring both beauty and function, but when you have budget constraints, you may have to decide between functionality and aesthetics.

It would be spectacular to have an unlimited budget for a kitchen remodel. But the matter of the fact is most people do not. Compromises of one form or another are part of the process.

And by practical here we mean investing in high quality appliances for example. Or, choosing to spend your money on durable surfaces instead of beautiful ones.

In addition to that, you may want to consider a simpler, less expensive style for the cabinets to invest in high quality wood, or choose quartz counters instead of granite.
There are several different ways you can cut back on aesthetics to create more room in your budget for what is important to you functionally.

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