Holiday entertaining once meant dusting off the fine china and setting an elegant table in the formal dining room. Today, it is the kitchen that has become the social hub of the home. Friends and family gather in the kitchen to sneak samples of food and have a glass of wine with the chef while catching up on a year’s worth of adventures.

For some, this picture-perfect gathering in the kitchen left them feeling refreshed and blessed. For others, their holiday entertaining simply highlighted the outdated features of a kitchen that was overcrowded. If you rang in the New Year with a resolution to remodel your old kitchen, now is the time to start planning.

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Set A Budget
Investing in your kitchen is one home remolding project that will give you the best return on your investment. That being said, there are a few things that you need to consider before setting your budget. First and foremost, you want to look at your finances and set a budget you can afford. With all of the options available today, a beautiful kitchen does not have to break the bank.

Before settling on a number, you also want to think about how long you are planning on staying in your home. If you plan on putting a for sale sign up in the near future, be sure to keep the budget limited to what you can get back when you sell your home. A local realtor can help you compare your home to others in the area and estimate your return on investment. On the other hand, if you and your family plan on spending at least the next five years in your home, it is safe to plan for that dream kitchen.    

Define Your Style
When you are planning a kitchen remodel, color and style are definitely important elements to consider. After all, you spend a lot of time in your kitchen, so you want it to reflect your personality. What many homeowners forget to plan for is their lifestyle.

What does a day in the life of your kitchen look like? Do you have kids that do their homework and art projects on the breakfast bar? Do you love to cook and entertain, or is your kitchen rarely used? All of these factors should be taken into account before designing a layout or selecting materials. Remember, you want a kitchen that will stand up to everyday wear and tear and stay looking beautiful for years to come.

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Work with a Professional
Although Pinterest and Google make it easy to find pictures of your dream kitchen, they can also make you feel overwhelmed. Don’t believe that’s true? Try doing a Pinterest search of kitchen cabinets and see how many hours it takes you to narrow down your top three picks.

Working with a professional remodeling company can help you narrow down your options and (most importantly) stay within your budget. They have access to planning tools and technology that average homeowners do not, and they have the experience to steer you away from decisions you will regret a year after the project is complete.

With the holidays behind you, now is a great time to meet with a contractor and finally start planning and designing your dream kitchen.