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Guest Post:  5 Things to Consider Before Starting a Kitchen Remodel

Guest Post: 5 Things to Consider Before Starting a Kitchen Remodel

Remodeling your kitchen is a headache.  There is no way around it.  Living in a construction zone and cooking dinner in your garage is never fun.  Thankfully, the end result is worth it!  Before you start your remodel, however, take some time to consider all of your options.  A little time planning up front will help eliminate {expensive} mistakes.  Read on to learn about 5 of the items (in addition to the obvious:  appliances and cabinetry) that you should decide before you begin any kitchen remodeling project.

Want to know the secret to an amazing kitchen remodel? Planning ahead!  If you’re thinking of getting started on your kitchen makeover, then it’s time to get inspired! Almost everyone who has ever done a remodel before knows how tough it can be. Whether you’re doing a major remodel, or a minor fix, getting your kitchen done involves time, effort and of course, money. But, making decisions BEFORE you start tearing down walls and cabinets will ensure a project that finishes on budget and on time.  Here are a few things you need to decide on before starting a kitchen remodel.

French kitchen

Photo courtesy Jenn Air


First off, let’s talk about your choice of flooring. These days, kitchen flooring come in a wide array of materials, colours and designs, so you can easily find flooring that is right for your needs. If you’re on a budget and you’re looking for something that is stylish and resilient, quartz tiles is the right choice for you. while if you’re going for a more rustic look, then sandstone paving may just be right up along your alley. No matter what type of flooring you choose, what’s important is, it doesn’t just suit your needs, it suits the look of your kitchen as well.

Wall treatment

Another important thing that you need to decide on is wall treatment. Wall treatment can give your kitchen its unique feel so you can go as subtle or dramatic as you want. Again, there are a lot of wall treatments that you can choose from, so this is really up to you. Want a clean and pristine look for your kitchen? Then go all white. Or if you’re leaning towards a more textured vibe, the textured wallpaper look might just be what you’re looking for. The key here is to find a wall treatment that will complement your aesthetic.

beach kitchen

Photo courtesy Landsted Companies

Storage space

You should also figure out a designated storage space, especially if you’re working with limited space. Think function when it comes to this aspect since every kitchen needs to have adequate working and storage space. If you need to add space, make sure that you install shelves that you can really. Try not to go overboard when fixing up storage space to save up on extra costs. Additional storage space can be a bit pricey so choose wisely.


Having proper ventilation is also crucial so do take the time to figure out what kind of ventilation system is right for your kitchen. This requires not just planning, but some technical know-how as well, so don’t settle for a DIY job. If you’re really serious about getting a professional job done, hire the right people for the job. A good ventilation system will ensure that your kitchen doesn’t retain the smell of food whenever you cook.

stove with tile backsplash

Photo courtesy Landsted Companies


Last but not the least, there’s lighting. Although not a lot of people pay attention the lighting in the kitchen, the right bulbs and placement can make or break the look and function of your space. If you want to have a bright room, look for bright energy saving bulbs. If you’re more drawn to the dramatic, then a few dimmers around your kitchen can create the perfect effect. To ensure that your kitchen gets just the right amount of natural light, your windows should be placed strategically.

So there you have it. Now that you know a bit more on what to decide before starting a kitchen remodel, start planning your dream kitchen today!

As a social media specialist in the vast online universe, Aubrey Madrona is always up and about disseminating information, spreading news, and delivering opinions one Share Button at a time. When @aubiiiii is not busy formulating 140-character ideas in her head, she’s busy studying Interior Design while listening to the ethereal music of Sigur Rós.

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