It probably seems like there is a smart phone app or program for just about everything today, including DIY kitchen design. While using an app, computer program, online tutorial, or other such tool might make it seem like planning a kitchen renovation is simple enough to manage on your own, this isn’t always the case.
A kitchen design app cannot plan for needed repairs before renovation work begins or note common mistakes made by homeowners trying to design their own space, such as blocking outlets or choosing items disproportionate to the space. A kitchen renovation contractor can also offer suggestions for cost savings and advise on needed care and maintenance for certain design choices.
If your home is in need of a new kitchen design and you’re a bit worried about your potential kitchen renovation costs, you might note some pros and cons of using apps and other such programs. You might also note some suggestions for helping to keep kitchen remodel costs as low as possible.
It’s also helpful to note a few vital details about kitchen layouts, as well as their pros and cons. You can then discuss your options with a contractor more easily and know you’ll end up with a new kitchen design you’ll love for years to come!
There are several reasons to avoid using kitchen design apps and programs and trying to DIY your renovation plans. Before you invest in any such app or, worse yet, start tearing up your home’s kitchen to start a remodel, note some precautions about apps and other DIY options.
While it’s not recommended that you use a kitchen design app or program for your renovation plans, these tools can be quite useful to a certain extent. For example, it’s often difficult to see how your preferred cabinetry color, countertop materials, and other such details will look when installed together! A kitchen design app allows you to see if all your favorite earth tones create a muddy look in the space, if the end result might seem a bit bland and dull, and the like.
A kitchen design app might also tell you if your planned choices might create a cramped and crowded space. If the finished design in your app or online program seems overly busy and cluttered, or if there is very little floor space, you might consider scaling back a few of your options, replacing some cabinets with open shelves, or even removing some cabinets altogether. You might even realize that it’s time for a new skylight or window installation in the kitchen, for added brightness and a more open, airy look!
Apps are also useful if you plan on changing the footprint of your home’s kitchen or bringing in entirely new elements. For example, if there is no island or dining table in the kitchen currently, you might use an app to try a few different sizes and design options for islands, tables, built-in seating, and so on. If you’re thinking of knocking out a wall, an app or program can let you see if that would create the open look you want in the kitchen.
Since an app can’t always tell you how to contain your expected kitchen renovation costs, you might note some suggestions for ensuring your kitchen design stays under budget. One important consideration is keeping as many of your current cabinets as possible; if the cabinetry is in good condition, you might consider painting or staining them versus replacing them altogether. Oversized, decorative hardware also offers lots of visual appeal for far less money than new cabinets.
When choosing new appliances, it’s also helpful to ask your kitchen renovation contractor about sales, manufacturer rebates, and other such incentives. He or she might know of online sites that offer discounted name-brand appliances or might know the best time of year to buy, when manufacturers and stores are eager to get rid of their current inventory!
Note, too, of any added prep work needed for your first choice of appliances and other materials and if that adds to your kitchen renovation costs significantly. For instance, your kitchen flooring might need added bracing to support heavy marble countertops or an oversized island. A commercial-size refrigerator might require upgraded electrical wiring, to meet its increased power demands. These changes add to your kitchen renovation costs, sometimes significantly, so reconsider these options when possible.
While these suggestions might lower your kitchen design costs, remember that a new kitchen renovation is an investment in your home and family! The kitchen might be the one room in the home that everyone in the family uses every day, and old, outdated kitchens sometimes even lower a home’s value. Don’t “skimp” too much on materials, kitchen cabinets, and other such choices when creating a new kitchen design, so you know you’ll be happy with the end result for many years to come.
To make conversations with your kitchen renovation contractor easier, note a few common layouts for a kitchen space, the most popular being galley kitchens and L-shaped designs. Galley kitchens are like one long hallway, with counters on either side. An L-shaped design is self-explanatory; a kitchens cabinets run along two adjacent walls, forming an L shape.
Galley and L-shaped kitchen designs are popular as they keep appliances and cabinetry in close proximity to one another. However, if you have the space, you might choose a U-shaped kitchen, which runs along three walls. Be cautious about moving appliances and cabinets out of reach when choosing a U-shaped kitchen.
A peninsula kitchen starts with an L-shape layout but then includes an added peninsula at the end of one counter that juts into the floor plan. This added peninsula provides more storage and food prep space as well as room for casual dining, but can also make a small kitchen seem cramped and crowded.
An island kitchen often refers to any kitchen space with a center island. That center island can be just about any size and design but, as with any other added feature that takes up floor space, ensure it’s not so large that it creates an obstruction when cooking or otherwise working in the kitchen.
How much does a kitchen renovation cost?
Kitchen renovation costs vary greatly; a small-scale remodel might run as low as $2000 whereas a full-scale tear-out and new layout might run upwards of $20,000 to $40,000 or even more.
Does a contractor allow you to create your own kitchen design?
Kitchen renovation contractors are concerned with work that is done up to local building codes. They might note concerns and cautions about your proposed kitchen design but as long as your preferences meet those codes and don’t create a fire hazard or other such danger, he or she will typically follow your preferences for a new design scheme or layout.