Older homes are great because they offer so much character and craftsmanship, but they sometimes get to a point that they need updates to keep them nice. The kitchen in older homes is often one of the first things people want to change. That can include adding new appliances, modern flooring, and custom cabinets to bring the look and feel of the room up to date and make it more functional.
Plan Your Remodel
If you are considering a remodel of your kitchen, start with a solid plan for the layout and design of the room. A good place to start is at a home center where you can look at appliances, cabinets, and designs to get some ideas for your kitchen. You don't need to recreate the designs there, but it is a great way to find pieces that you would like to use or something of a similar style.
Take your phone with you and take a few pictures of what you like so you can look at them several times before you settle on the perfect pieces for your kitchen. It is helpful to have pictures to show the contractor you are working with as well. They may be able to find the same items at a better price so talk with them about sourcing the items for you.
Gutting The Old Kitchen
Removing the old appliances and cabinets from your home can be harder than you might think. If you are saving any part of what is in the kitchen, you will need to take the time to disassemble the kitchen, not demolish it. If you are not saving anything, it can be torn out and thrown in a construction dumpster for removal. One way to save some cost on your project is to sell appliances that are still operational and the cabinets if they are still good.
When you are choosing the cabinets for your home, you may want to have custom cabinets built for you. A good cabinet maker can layout the cabinets just the way you want them and then install them as they assemble them in the home. They will build many of the pieces off site, but the final assembly is done in your home so they can make adjustments if they need to so that the cabinets fit perfectly. If you are spending the money on custom cabinets, they need to fit right and work perfectly once they are complete.
While you can buy cabinets at a home center, they will have to be fit to your room and you may not be able to get exactly what you want for storage. Take a look at what is available then you can decide whether custom-made or premade cabinets are a better option for your situation.