If you're planning to upgrade your kitchen, it's important to understand the considerations that need to be addressed for such a large project. You'll achieve the best results by working with a professional kitchen designer who is knowledgeable about architectural issues, options for cabinetry, countertops, and fixtures, and how your new kitchen will fit in with the rest of your home. Here are 3 things to consider before you start a kitchen remodel.
1. A professional kitchen designer offers much more expertise than a clerk at a "big box" store. "A kitchen designer will assess your specific storage needs and make recommendations for the best use of your space," said Steve Meyer, owner of Steve's Flooring and Design in Morris, IL. "Whether you're using the same footprint or going for a complete redesign, a professional designer will make your kitchen more up to date and easier to use."
2. A kitchen designer will be there to guide you during the entire kitchen remodel, from start to finish. "Our designers are detail-oriented, and can see design challenges and understand how to solve them," added Meyer. "One example is deciding whether to keep soffits, which have become outdated. We recommend removing the old soffits, which will make the room seem larger. Then you can keep the cabinets the same height, leaving space above them for seasonal decorating, or take the cabinets up to the ceiling for additional storage space."
3. Establish a budget in advance, and inform your designer. "Other things to consider include how long you plan to stay in the home, and whether the new kitchen will stand up to your busy lifestyle and the needs of your family," said Meyer. "Appliance sizes have changed, so it's important to allow the proper space for upgrades over time. Your kitchen designer will know how to cut costs, if necessary, without sacrificing functionality and ease of use." For more information, please contact:
Steve's Flooring & Design
717 Liberty St.
Morris, IL 60450