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Renovating your kitchen isn’t something to be undertaken lightly, and careful planning is absolutely vital for success. If you’re remodelling your kitchen, there are many things you should have in mind before forging ahead with your remodel plan.

You might be focusing on choosing new cabinets for the heart of your home, however there’s a lot more to any kitchen makeover than that. Here, we look at some of the essential aspects to bear in mind before you begin.

Cost Is Important

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Yes, you might want to focus on the fun parts of your makeover, but it’s important to bear the cost in mind first before you start shopping for cabinets. You’re going to need a functional and stylish new kitchen, but not at vast expense. You don’t want to spend more on your kitchen than you can recoup when selling your home. Be realistic and explore your financing options and where you can save money. You may even decide to do some of the work yourself to save on costs.

What About Extending?

Space could be at a premium in your kitchen. Do you need to consider adding on an extension? It’s important to weigh up the pros and cons of extending your room and to decide whether or not you can acquire extra room by carefully planning your existing space to maximize floor area. You need to consider your goals for your remodel. Do you really need more room, or do you just need the space to be more functional and lighter? You may be able to extend into another room of your home rather than extending outwards.

What About The Layout

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You may be able to save substantially on your remodel if you keep the existing layout of your kitchen. However, that might not suit your needs. Whenever possible, leaving heating, electric, gas and plumbing systems in the same spaces will help you to reduce your expense.

Style And Size Of Appliances

There are many different types, styles and sizes of kitchen appliances available. You need to be careful when choosing however. One example is in the case of a huge kitchen range. You may need extra fortification under your floor to support the weight. You may also need to consider other expenses which add on to the cost of your kitchen.

For example, changing your range hood may require you to upgrade your vent duct, while you may need additional plumbing or wiring for a new fridge or dishwasher. You may also need to have a customized shelf or cabinet fitted to accommodate your microwave oven unless you’re happy to have it out on your countertop.

Think about the appliances which you’re going to need on your countertop too. If your space is at a premium, you’ll only need the essentials that you use all the time. For example, you’ll probably want a conveniently located coffee machine to help you get the right flavor first thing in the morning, but you can probably cope without a steamer on your countertop the whole time!

Brightening The Room

Lighting can make an enormous difference to the welcoming nature of your kitchen. Choosing the right lighting is therefore essential when planning your kitchen renovation. If you have an old kitchen, you may only have a single ceiling light and a small window. What can you do about it? You could replace your old doors and windows with more attractive and bigger new ones which will allow more light into the room.

You could also use layered lighting, with lights under cabinets and in recesses. You could also go for a statement lighting pendant like a chandelier to bring more character and style into your room. If you have glass fronted cabinets, one way to bring more mood lighting into your room is to drop some mini spotlights through their top to light up your glassware display.

Dimmer switches are a useful way to control your lighting at different times of the day, and you should definitely consider locating light switches in several different convenient locations so you won’t be stumbling around the room in the dark trying to turn the light on!