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The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Kitchen Remodel

The kitchen is commonly known as the heart of the home. It's the hub. The place where people go to congregate, spend quality time with family, and build traditions that will last generations. So what happens when you want to remodel? Planning a kitchen remodel is no joke - it takes time, skill, and money, and we're here to help you. At JM General Contractors, we're all about family and building relationships that go beyond the construction site. Here is our Ultimate Guide to Planning a Kitchen Remodel:




Set your Budget


Before you start any remodeling project, you'll first want to set a budget. Take some time and really think about everything you want in your new kitchen. The last thing you want to do is spend your valuable time and money on a kitchen you kind of like. You want this to be the last remodel for a while, so make it count.

Research, Research, Research!


If you walk into any home renovation store, Home Depot, Lows, or a local kitchen showroom, you'll get a good sense of what you like. Pay attention to the cost of items so you know what you can afford and what is going to go best with the overall aesthetic of your home.

Think About Needs Vs. Wants


Trust me when I say that, it's easy to buy anything that looks remotely cool, but knowing when to draw a line between a need and a want is going to save you thousands of precious dollars. This is why setting a budget is such a valuable tool! Knowing how much you can spend, will help you to stay within boundaries.

Quality over Quantity


Consider this: You have an amazing kitchen with all the bells and whistles and they came at a fraction of the cost of something a lot pricier. A year from now, something breaks and you replace it with that same inexpensive item. Another year later, it breaks again. You've now spent double the cost of the pricier item, not including your labor to install the part, and your time - which is always priceless. Now consider this option: You spend a little extra money getting a high-quality item and it lasts ten to fifteen years longer than the cheaper alternative. You've now spent less time and money on the more expensive option over a longer period. That being said, I don't think that spending more money necessarily equals better quality, but the chances of making a satisfying purchase is greater with a product of higher value. We always advise our clients to look at what their needs are and combine that with a solid budget. Doing this will eliminate stress and give your family more satisfaction in the long run.

Prepare for Hidden Costs


In any remodel, there will always be hidden costs. These need to be accounted for! We can not stress this enough because we've seen the implications of clients who haven't prepared for hidden costs. We all know the stories of people, we'll call them Bob and Gina, who go into a home remodel with eyes wide open, ready to take on the tasks set before them. We watch in horror as the contractor has to break the news that they have to replace all the pipes in the entire kitchen. Don't be Bob and Gina. Save yourself thousands of dollars and plan ahead.

Plan Your Layout


More than anything other room in the house, the kitchen needs to be functional. Remember what I said at the beginning? The kitchen is known as the heart of a home. Don't over clutter it with a bunch of tech and appliances. If you don't need a double oven, then don't get one! Simple. Keep in mind the Classic Kitchen Triangle. Typically the sink, refrigerator, and stove are arranged in a triangular pattern. This provides a functional space, which is good because this is going to be the most used room in your house - apart from the bathroom.

Another helpful tip is to keep in mind how many people are usually working in the kitchen at the same time. If it's more than one or two, you might want to consider more counter space, or a second work station. If there's enough space ( and it wont clutter the existing area) you might want to think about adding in an island with extra storage built in. This is a great way to add a functional element and have some extra room to put any misc. items.

Get Some Help


There is no shame in asking for someone to help you plan your kitchen remodel. At JM General Contractors, we are more than happy to help you create your dream kitchen, bathroom, and home. We like to think that we are inviting you into our family and lending a hand.

Keep in Mind...


Counters:You should have a minimum of 36 inches of counter space for food prep and a minimum of 24 inches on one side of the sink and 18 inches on the other. If you have the space to fit more, do so! Walkways:We can't stress this enough - please leave enough room for the people in your home to walk around in your kitchen. You should discuss all of this with your contractor and they'll be able to point you in the right direction. Appliances:Keeping in mind the floor plan and the Classic Kitchen Triangle, you should choose your appliances accordingly. You'll need 30-48 inches of floor space in front of all appliances so that you can comfortably walk in front of them, and open doors. Following this guide will help you in you in your kitchen remodel and if you're in need of a professional contractor, please, get in touch with us! We will be more than happy to assist you in any home renovation or remodeling project that you want to take on!

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