In a perfect world, kitchen renovations are easy. Unlimited budget, the project goes smoothly, and it is all done in a reasonable timeline! While the majority of us aren’t in that boat, even people with the biggest budget will have to make compromises in their renovation.
With every choice in a design, there will be pros and cons. The best thing to do is start with a clear goal in what you want for your budget, home and family.
Value and cost
Just because something is the most expensive of it’s product, does not mean it is the best. Splurging on a fancier product may be tempting, but situations like this are easier to analyze with your head, rather than your heart.
If this particular item will greatly benefit your life, the function of your kitchen, solve a pet peeve, or increase the value of your home, it may be worth it. If it would be nice to have, but you may not utilize its full potential, you should pass.
Looks and function
This one is hard, because most people spend as much time looking as their kitchen, as using it. When dealing with a strict budget, sometimes there has to be trade-offs in terms of having a beautiful kitchen vs. a functional one.
For the person who doesn’t cook much but would rather increase value of their home, aesthetics are probably going to more important. Lifestyle is the most important part in making a decision like this.
If the location of certain appliances make your kitchen work-flow harder, the cost of relocating may eat into your the budget you have set aside for nice counter tops or custom cabinetry.
Daily use and hosting guests
The answer to this may dictate your entire kitchen design. Depending on how often you host special events and gathering decides a lot of factors. Factors like: Seating, fridge size, open concept, prep space etc. If you rarely host, or when you do, you’re not doing the cooking, focus more on how your kitchen functions for daily use. Obviously make sure there is enough space for everyone who lives in the home, but beyond that, it’s free game!