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Is it Time for Kitchen Renovations? 1

Is it Time for Kitchen Renovations?

If you’re considering kitchen renovations, your first step should be to assess your space. By figuring out what you need and want from your kitchen space, as well as examining the bones, you’ll get a good idea of whether a kitchen reno is necessary, and also how big of an endeavour it will be.

Here’s a simple checklist designed to help you look for the primary elements that go into making the decision to renovate your kitchen. Once you’ve completed it, the next step should be to consult a professional to get a full scope and quote. They’ll assess your structure and your needs and come up with a new kitchen design that ticks all your boxes!

Section 1

Kitchen Space

Are you looking to increase the size of your kitchen floor plan?

Yes

No

Will you be using your kitchen as a space for entertaining?

Yes

No

Will you need room for a kitchen table?

Yes

No

Will your kitchen be open-concept (no doors)?

Yes

No

Will you be rearranging cabinet placements?

Yes

No

Are you going to relocate plumbing fixtures or appliances?

Yes

No

Do you need to open up a wall to obtain the space you want?

Yes

No

If you answered “Yes” to the previous question, is this wall is load-bearing?

Yes

No

N/A

Section 2

Check “The Bones”

Do you need to upgrade your electrical system?

Yes

No

Do you need to install a subpanel?

Yes

No

Do you need to upgrade your plumbing?

Yes

No

Are you replacing an electric stove with a gas one?

Yes

No

Section 3

Replacing Features

Will you be adding lighting fixtures and/or dimmers?

Yes

No

Will you need new appliances (fridge, microwave, stove)?

Yes

No

Do you want solid surface or granite countertops?

Yes

No

What do your results say?

MORE ‘YES’S THAN ‘NO’S: MAJOR RENO

From your results, it appears you’re in the market for a major renovation. If this sounds right to you, bear in mind that it might cost a bit more than you initially planned.

MORE ‘NO’S THAN ‘YES’S: (RELATIVELY) MINOR RENO

Your results show suggest you’re in the market for a more basic renovation. This will cost comparatively less and be a more attainable project.

Want more kitchen reno tips? Get the Complete Checklist for Designing Your Home: Kitchen for professional advice you need to know before designing and building your kitchen.

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