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The kitchen is often the place where everyone in the household gathers so when making renovations to your home, the kitchen is one of the most popular places to start. Moreover, investing in the remodeling of the kitchen can significantly contribute to the value of the entire home. Most modern and contemporary kitchens open up to the rest of the house so that it makes entertaining and having meals with the family more comfortable, stylish and functional. However, there are many factors that you must consider such as planning, budgeting and styling the kitchen before you get started. Here are a few guidelines to consider. 

Decide On The Budget
The first step of a renovation project is to decide how much money you are willing to spend. The budget will often dictate the extension of the planning process. It’s best to establish a range instead of establishing a fixed number. So for example; it’s best to have a range between $5000-$6000 rather than having an exact figure to spend such as $6000. When estimating the budget, make sure to include all the elements of the kitchen that you will be spending on. Kitchen appliances such as an integrated fridge, flooring, countertops, cabinets and installation costs must all be considered. In addition, labor and the level of expertise that is needed must be accounted for. Most importantly, you must be committed to sticking to the budget by deciding on the areas you want to spend and where you would like to save.

 

Think About The Functionality
If you are using the kitchen only occasionally and eat out often, then you may not utilize the kitchen a lot so you must figure out what works best for your needs. On the other hand, if you are a large family, you may prefer cooking at home for most of the meals. Figure out what areas of the kitchen needs improvement, for example, if the wall cabinets are too high to reach, then you can lower them down when remodeling it. Always think about optimizing the efficiency when planning out the layout of the kitchen. Keep in mind how conveniently you can move around in the kitchen when cooking, cleaning and eating. You wouldn’t want the sink to be far from the dishwasher.

 

Look For Styling Inspiration
There are various lifestyles, home magazines that you can get inspiration from. Blogs and other sites on the internet will give you styling inspirations from sample kitchen in design showrooms and stores. Some of the factors to consider are the colors, textures, fabrics and different types of surfaces available. You can first focus on the larger aspects of the kitchen such as the floors and countertops as well as the finer, smaller details such as knobs of the cabinet drawers and storage units. Picking a style for your kitchen depends on your personal preference where you can consider modern kitchen styles or classical and traditional settings for a more beach cottage like set up. It’s energy efficient to use appliances and lighting made of sustainable materials as well.

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When founder Charlotte Zones renovated her home, she started the way these projects often do: with a tall stack of magazines and referrals for home professionals from people she used to know. But after those piles of torn out pages failed to make her dream to be a reality, she felt stuck. There had to be a better way.

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