It is a gathering place for friends and family, a place where meals begin, where connections are built, and where meaningful memories are forged—the kitchen is the heart of the house. A well designed kitchen not only improves your quality of life, it also adds significant value to your home. A kitchen renovation can be a huge undertaking with many different facets to consider. If you’re unsure where to begin, we are here to help!
6 questions to ask yourself before your kitchen remodel
1. What year was your house built?
The age of your home can sometimes determine whether there will be outdated pipes and electrical issues or if other potential problems like asbestos or mould remediation, might be present. In order to avoid costly surprises, it’s important to talk to your contractor about the age of your home, any upgrades that have been done in the past, and any potential issues you may have already encountered.
2. Do you want to change the layout?
Changes to the layout of a kitchen can help you maximize space and improve functionality. It’s essential to understand your kitchen workflow so that the layout can be planned accordingly. Ask yourself, what activities do you regularly carry out in your kitchen? What would you like to do more of? Keep in mind that the extent of work needed to change the layout will add to the cost of the project. Every home is different, but there are always potential issues to consider when changing a kitchen layout, such as structural walls, installing support beams, and the relocation of plumbing, gas, and electrical.
3. What’s working and what not in your current kitchen?
Knowing what works and what doesn’t work about your current kitchen can inform the design of your new kitchen. If you’re over that old lazy-susan crammed with tupperware, consider innovative storage and soft closing cupboards. If you’re tired of handwashing dishes, prioritize a dishwasher in the design. Your preferences will guide the design plan, so having a good idea of what you love will make the new design that much more tailored to your needs!
4. What are your goals for the remodel?
Having a list of prioritized goals for your remodel can help when it comes to making budget-related decisions for your renovation. When you have a clear idea of your needs, we can better help you achieve your goals. Do you want to update those tacky brown 1970’s cabinets, the fluorescent overhead lighting, or maybe the tiny outdated sink you’ve been stuck with since you bought the house? Whether you need a small update or a large re-model, we can get the job done with your budget in mind.
5. What’s your inspiration?
Find room designs, products, materials, or other details that you are drawn to and might like to bring into your reno project. This helps us source similar items and to get an idea of your tastes and preferences. Do you like marble or granite countertops, natural woods or two-toned cabinets, fun bright colours or neutrals? Having this info will help us build a beautiful design that reflects your taste and personality.
6. What is your budget?
This can be one of the most difficult aspects of a renovation to plan. When undergoing major renovations, always expect that there might be unforeseen problems and plan for additional costs that can arise after the project is already underway. Once your pipes are exposed, will you have room in your budget to replace the kitchen plumbing if they are leaky or out of code? Our experts will work with you closely to manage your budget and set realistic goals for your new kitchen.
The difference between a dream kitchen and a disaster is a professional.
At Greystone Homes, we work to provide kitchen design that you desire with renovation solutions that fit your budget. We work with you to source the materials of your choice and build kitchens that you want to create memories in. Give us a call today to start planning your dream kitchen together!