Undertaking a kitchen remodel can increase the practicality of your kitchen and enhance the design. Once you’ve been sold on the idea that a remodel is best for you, it’s time to start the project. Where do you start? Here are a few tips.

Start With a Contractor

Do not undertake kitchen remodeling on your own. Before you begin the remodel, consult with a designer or remodeling expert. Not only will a contractor be able to help you through the process, but he or she can give you tips and tricks on where to start.

Consider Layout

Most kitchens are in an L or U shape. The point of most kitchen layouts is to have the refrigerator, stove, sink and other appliances within proximity so that you can easily work between each appliance. Be careful when choosing a new layout that you don’t spend too much altering the layout slightly from the one you already have.

Decide on Countertops and Cabinets

The types of countertops that you choose will depend heavily on the type of budget that you have. While stone, granite and marble have become more affordable, it is still more expensive than laminate. One thing to keep in mind about natural stone does require more maintenance than laminate. Cabinets are also a major contributor to your budget. Custom cabinets may cost you anywhere between a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands.

Figure Out Plumbing and Rewiring Costs

You may need to rewire or change the plumbing in your kitchen during the remodel. This is a factor in the price that you can’t ignore. In addition to wiring, consider the type of lighting that you want and whether you want electric or gas appliances.

There is a lot to consider during kitchen remodeling. Discuss your options with a contractor and keep the above tips in mind when choosing the specifics of your remodel.