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So you want to renovate your kitchen?

Whether you’re renovating a kitchen or creating one for a brand new house, the kitchen design process can be very exciting. There are a lot of choices to make, including picking out faucets, backsplash and more. Your kitchen should be designed in such a way that compliments your lifestyle. We spoke with Albert Donadio of AJD Construction Group, a design, construction and renovation company, on what you should be thinking about before you plan your next kitchen renovation.

Your kitchen should match your needs

A kitchen is typically where everything happens, says Donadio. That’s why a proper kitchen design should be created based on a family’s needs and wants for that space. “What are you using it for? Do you do a lot of cooking or entertaining?” Asking yourself these questions will help you determine what you need. Donadio says a homeowner who plans to do a lot of cooking or entertaining may want multiple ovens, a built-in microwave or extra cabinetry to store lots of pots and pans. Homeowners should also establish how big of an eating area the kitchen requires, another element of the design process that will affect the kitchen layout.

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Establish a budget before you design

“Budget is a big factor when designing a kitchen,” says Donadio. “A kitchen can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000 depending on design and materials.” Clients should be upfront about their budget so he can design the kitchen accordingly. AJD Construction Group will work within a client’s budget without going over it because that’s when clients lose confidence in the project and the people they’re working with. Donadio also advises that a kitchen budget should also include things like appliances and lighting.

Do your research

Designing a kitchen requires an expert to tell you where the cabinets and fridge should be, but when it comes to style and taste, that’s up to the homeowners. Donadio recommends that future renovators flip through magazines to get a sense of what they like. Look at different sinks, faucets, backsplashes and cabinetry colours. “It makes it easier to talk to someone if they already have a portfolio of what they would like to see happen in their space.” Not having any idea of what you want in a new kitchen is fine too. Donadio says he’ll spend extra time with a client to help them decide what their kitchen chould look like from a style and function perspective.

Contact AJD Construction Group for your kitchen design and renovation needs!

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