In the previous article we had discussed visiting sources for inspiration and the importance of considering space. Today we’ll explore budget and timing.
Have you considered your budget? Are you sure you’re not over capitalizing? Before you begin your remodeling project, price out all the elements you need (remember to add a decent buffer because every renovation always costs more than planned). A kitchen remodel should not cost more than around 15 percent of the total cost of your home.
Keep sizing practical. Take some time to research how space and proportion will work in your remodeled space. For example, if you’re renovating your kitchen, the classic work-triangle should be between 12 and 26 feet (distance between sink, stove and refrigerator), working isles should be at least 42 inches for one cook, 48 inches for two, and countertops should be 36 inches high.
When should you remodel? If you’ll be living in your house while you remodel, then renovating in the summer months is the best idea. It’s easy and practical to barbecue outside and prepare salads and other simple meals. If need be, you can always pitch a tent in the yard and sleep under the stars.
While remodeling can be a stressful process, adequate preparation can make it go much more smoothly.