We recommend that you would go through our “9 THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND” list before you begin planning for your kitchen renovation.

  1. Please take the architectural style of your home into consideration when remodeling for your kitchen. It is important to have the newly remodeled kitchen go hand in hand with the rest of your home.
  2. Aesthetic aspects of the cabinet matter, but it is important to select a cabinet that suits the practical needs of your home. Make sure you select a cabinet that is sound enough to last you a long time and is big enough to store all your items. Don’t forget additional accessories that may help you organize better such as tray dividers and pull-out shelves.
  3. Kitchen remodeling is much easier when you partner up with licensed and insured professionals and receive assistance from kitchen designers, contractors, and architects. This way, your workload will be much lighter and you can still play the role of the boss. Kitchen renovation may be a daunting task if you try to do it on your own.
  4. When you plan and make decisions for remodeling, discuss with your Monarch Design & Remodeling Designer how well your selections will stand the test of time. We recommend that you avoid choosing fad designs that won’t be useful or perceived as beautiful and valuable five, ten years later. Functionality and practicality of the design matters!
  5. Lighting is one of the most neglected aspects of renovation. It ensures safety of the kitchen and affects the atmosphere of the renovated space. We will help you develop a reliable lighting plan, investing sufficient amount of budget and time into it. Lighting generally takes about 10 percent of your budget.
  6. It is not the end of the world if you decide to change your mind in the middle of the renovation process. Just know that you might have to sacrifice additional budget and time. If the change involves calculation and measurement, the cost might go higher than you have expected. So plan well and avoid mid-project changes if possible.
  7. Work with your Monarch Designer to consider alternative layouts to the proposed work site. Think about how the placement of cabinet or electrical appliances will influence your convenience. For instance, if you want an easier access to the refrigerator without having to walk across the kitchen, it might be a better idea to move it.
  8. Although you might have imagined a drastic kitchen remodeling, it does save you a lot of money when you decide to keep appliances or cabinet frames that are useful. If the space does not need to be entirely demolished and you are trying to keep things under the budget, then it might be a good idea to save some things and incorporate them into your renovation.
  9. Be realistic about what you can do with your budget! Professional appliances may be alluring, but if they have way more features than what you would normally need, you probably do not need them. Cut things that you know you will hardly make a use of.