By: Chase Loh on June 17th, 2020
How to Choose the Right Appliances for your Kitchen Remodel
Remodeling a kitchen takes a lot of hard work, decision making, and planning. Not only do you have to figure out a layout with your available space, but you also have to decide on every element that makes up your new kitchen. From new cabinets, a kitchen island, and appliances, there’s no lack of important choices that can make or break your remodel plans.
One of the most important parts of a kitchen remodel is choosing the right appliances for your space. Too big, and you leave yourself with little room for storage. Cheap, and you’ll find yourself fixing or replacing your new appliances within a few years.
Choosing new appliances is a much more difficult decision than choosing cabinet colors, so you certainly don’t want to make any appliance decisions lightly.
In this article, we will discuss the key things to consider when choosing appliances for your kitchen remodel.
Figure out your budget
Appliances are expensive. Some appliances, especially when paired with a kitchen remodel, can be thousands of dollars added to a budget. Before choosing your appliances, you need to have a portion of your remodel budget designed towards appliances you plan on purchasing.
In addition to the actual cost of the appliances, don’t forget to add in any additional costs such as installations, removal of old appliances, and construction (if needed). Once you have a budget set, you can begin thinking about what appliances are right for you.
See how much space you have to work with
Not everybody has a large space to work with. It wouldn’t make sense to buy a double-doored fridge or a separate stovetop and oven without knowing how much space you’re working with. You’ll want to choose appliances that fit your remodel look but are also practical and don’t take up too much space. Plus, the less space your appliances take up, the more space you’ll have to add other things to your blueprint.
Another thing to keep in mind with space is knowing how your appliances open and close. Make sure your appliances aren’t too large or open the wrong way before purchasing and installing them.
We recommend working with a contractor in this piece of the planning process to get recommendations for how to maximize your kitchen space while still ensuring an accessible and functional experience.
Choose the right look
Obviously, you want your appliances to fit the look of your remodeling plans. If you want built-in appliances, you can look for options that fit the style and finish of the rest of your kitchen. If you want color, uniformity, or variance, make sure you’re choosing appliances that work for any of those options.
Get started with your kitchen remodel
Once you have a blueprint, style, and budget all figured out, you’re ready to begin your search for your appliances.
Throughout these steps, it is important to work with a contractor and/or interior designer to provide insights into how to choose the best appliances for your kitchen that both look great and work well with the space you have. Additionally, if you want your appliances to last a long time, think about purchasing a home warranty to protect your appliances in the long run.
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