A kitchen remodel is a great way to upgrade the heart of your home. Kitchen renovations can turn into a nightmare quickly, so use these 5 tips to make the most of your kitchen renovation.

1. Consider Return on Investment 

While planning your kitchen remodel, you will establish a budget for the project. You will likely need to compromise in certain areas to stay within your budget. When making hard decisions about your kitchen renovation, consider how your decision will impact you in the future. Certain renovation tasks provide a higher return on the investment than other items. For example, upgrading old cabinets and floors offer a hefty return when you sell your house. Unfortunately, some luxury materials, as nice as they may be, don't provide enough of a return to justify the expense. 

If you plan to upgrade your appliances, get energy-efficient appliances (look for the Energy Star sticker). These appliances use less water and less electricity than other models, meaning you'll see a return in your lower utility bills every month. The initial investment can pay off in the end, even if it takes a couple of years. 

2. Create Additional Space

Use your kitchen renovation as an opportunity to create additional space in your kitchen. You can create extra space by knocking down a wall, but that requires extensive construction and an inflated invoice. 

If possible, look for other ways to make your kitchen feel more spacious. Some suggestions include:

  • replacing cabinets with shelves 
  • placing ceiling and wall hooks 
  • installing large windows 
  • upgrading the lighting 

3. Choose a Design Aesthetic 

Most people can't afford an interior designer, leaving the style aspects of the remodel to the homeowner. Choose a design and color scheme early in the process to guide you as you shop for materials, furniture, plumbing fixtures, hardware, and decorations. 

Traditional kitchen designs are warm and decorative. Colors tend to be neutral or floral, and wood is one of the most popular building materials.

Modern kitchen designs have a cool, sleek aesthetic that incorporates contrasting colors and synthetic materials. 

4. Choose the Right Contractor 

Be sure to find a contractor with experience in both the technical and operational aspects of the business. They will also provide realistic expectations instead of telling you what you want to hear. 

Get a quote from multiple contractors to keep your options open. Just remember that the cheaper option doesn't always provide the best value. 

Contact a local kitchen remodeling service to learn more.