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Kitchen remodeling is a dream for every homeowner. But, not everyone has an unlimited budget to do everything they want. There are options they need to consider or compromise to get the renovation they dream of having. 

But, weighing things out has its advantages and disadvantages. It is a tough choice, but having a clear plan will help you decide and be focused on reaching your goals. To help you have clarity in your renovation, keep on reading.

How Will You Use Your Kitchen?

On planning the renovation of your kitchen, you must understand what your kitchen is for. You need to know that there are so many ways to use your kitchen and what event it can be a help. 

For example, I want to have a kitchen where my family can gather around and cook meals together. So, a bigger kitchen and a long countertop are what I need. Also, I prefer to have a functional area where the kitchen utensils are kept and not visible. 

A detailed plan for your kitchen remodeling can help you easily decide what you need and help you budget the future expenses you have, what is important here is to know the ultimate goal for your kitchen.

Daily Use vs. Special Occasions

Before planning, know how many people will be using your kitchen. Your family will occupy your kitchen place every day, and think how many people are living with you? Also, if you have special occasions planned in your home, you will have many visitors, and how often do you do this?

From the refrigerator storage, countertop, and seats in the dining table, all of these will affect your layout and design choices because of the number of people you accommodate. It is essential to let your home contractors and designer know to choose the right solution for your kitchen’s daily and special events use.

Cost vs. Value

Remodeling can have many options. When you choose to buy new furniture and appliances, do you think of its costs and value? What do you think of spending money on a high-quality item? And how do you know when to save? Here are some questions you can ask for yourself when buying a new product:

  • What item can increase the value of my kitchen?
  • How can this item help my daily work in the kitchen?
  • Is this investment worth my everyday life?

In this case, if you will buy an expensive item, but it is high quality and could help your daily life, then the cost does not matter to the value it brings. 

Evaluating your choices is a must. You need to know what items in your home you frequently use and give a heavier weight on it when you decide to buy a new item. Investing in quality items is worth your money in the long run. 

Function vs. Aesthetics

Everyone wants a beautiful kitchen, right? The functionality and aesthetic look of our kitchen are what we want to achieve when we redesign it. However, if you are on a budget, it would be difficult to achieve the level of functionality and aesthetic look we want. 

When we say function, it is the purpose or the use of the item in our lives. It is not just about having a beautiful item but the help it can give to us. At the same time, aesthetics is expensive and focuses on an item’s splendid look giving a high-end feeling to our kitchen.

These two make us think confusedly on how we can spend our budget — is it the look or the functionality? 

Before deciding what we want for our kitchen, remember the questions mentioned above. What item can increase the value of my kitchen? How can this item help my daily work in the kitchen? Is this investment worth my everyday life?

By going back to your priorities, you will know what your kitchen really needs. If you are looking for an aesthetic and functional kitchen, but on a budget, you might consider a minimalist or chic design in less expensive materials.

Speed vs. Patience

Home remodeling takes time, and you need patience with the process. If you stay at your home and deal with the mess every day, know that it is part of renovating. But, if you cannot deal with it, there might be a chance that you will change your mind and choose a faster option to speed up the process.

However, this is not the case for remodeling. Before you can think of that decision, evaluate if you will stay in your home for five years or more than ten years. If you are staying for five years, you can decide to speed up the process and use materials that can easily be installed, but if you are thinking of staying longer like ten years, it is worth slowing down to ensure you have a quality kitchen in the next ten years. 

Remodeling is about spending a large amount of money in your place. Before doing this, weigh things out and choose the right people to help you with your project. Do not decide on your own, but ask for the opinion of your family and contractors.

Take your time and take the time to revamp your home. After everything is finished, you will see how it could greatly help you and your family in your everyday life. 

The Ideal Me vs. the Real Me

Many homeowners think that if they remodel their kitchen, they can change their habits. Habits they do not like to continue and people to see. But, there are many cases that things like that do not change.

For example, you are a messy cook. If you are planning to redesign your kitchen and have a perception that when you have this kind of layout, it can lessen your messiness, then choose a better option that could help your problem. 

You might want to add a separate sink where you can hide your dirty dishes and add a hidden drop zone for all the mess in cooking. 

Overall, weighing your options and setting your priorities will help you have an easy remodeling process. Whether in the bathroom or kitchen, ask yourself now, and assess what you truly need.

Call me Jen, a writer, and blogger of LifeStyleConvo & UrbanHouses, who worked as a full-time content creator. A writer by day and reader by night.