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6 Helpful Kitchen Design Tips
By: Stephanie Drescher

Designing and building our own home is one of the staples of the ultimate American dream, but when building a home there are a lot of decisions to make with deadlines and budget restraints, which can feel overwhelming. The kitchen is the room that impacts your return on investment the most; 56% of homebuyers said that the kitchen had the most significant impact on their purchasing decision according to Maritz Research.

A well-planned kitchen remodel offers a 68.7% return on investment, making the stakes high for this room. To add to the stress, when working on a design-build project, one of the most difficult rooms to plan out is the kitchen due to its intricacies, options and need for functionality. The kitchen is important not simply because it has a high impact on your investment but because the kitchen is the heart of most homes and is the room where the majority of time is spent.

This nifty infographic will decrease some of your kitchen-designing stresses and give you some helpful and thoughtful information that you can build on. Let’s look at 6 points of information that will help any soon-to-be homeowner, remodeler or builder with their kitchen design.

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Get Ideas: This has been done successfully before, so take heart in that fact. There are thousands of beautiful and functional kitchens out there. Every artist borrows from others so feel free to do the same with your design. Take a fresh look at your friends’ kitchens and take notes of aspects you want to replicate and of flaws you don’t want to repeat. Look through interior design and architectural magazines to get some ideas and check out local showrooms.

Prepare a budget: Take a look at your entire budget for your build or remodel and figure out how much of it you want to allocate for your kitchen. Knowing exactly how much you have to spend will help you with your designing. A budget can be a good guideline to help you decide what is important to you and what you can live without.

Find a professional: Investing in a professional designer is not a decision most people regret. They are the professionals and knowledge is invaluable. A few consultations won’t ding your budget up too much and will help bring fluidity and experience to your design. Talk to your friends and to their friends to see who they used to design their kitchens and get good references before you settle on one.

Get permits: Even for a remodel you have to have all of the correct paperwork in place. Make sure that you acquire all of the necessary permits for your project. Do it right from the start and you will prevent long delays and perhaps even disasters in your build or remodeling process.

Choose energy efficient appliances: They are not the cheapest appliances on the market, but they will save you money every time you run them and they are better for the planet. When you are looking at your budget, you will want to set aside the right amount for your appliances so that you can invest in energy efficient ones; the investment in the long run will be worth it.

Select your material: This can be a fun and exciting part of your kitchen remodel or design, picking out the color, texture and feel of your material. Keep durability at the forefront of your mind when you are picking out material. Kitchens tend to have a lot of contact with moisture and traffic so fragile materials will not work in the kitchen.

Stephanie Drescher is a professional blogger for Primera Interiors, the Southwest’s one stop shop for granite countertops, cabinets, carpet natural stone, flooring, tile flooring in Arizona and more. Primera specializing in the items that help bring life to your interiors

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