Kitchen additions can really bring new life to your home. Not only will it make your daily life easier but it will also add to the value of your home. But in order to get the most out of your kitchen addition, it’s important to know what to expect—both the positives and the challenges. The more prepared you are, the less overwhelmed you’ll be throughout every step of the addition process.

1. Expect more space
While this may seem obvious, the overwhelming majority of kitchen renovations are made to provide more space. But today’s use of a kitchen calls for designs much different than those that already exist in most homes. Modern kitchen addition plans typically incorporate a large island with storage underneath and a free-flowing area between the kitchen, living room, and dining room. This open floor plan creates a kitchen that’s inviting, and fun—a place for everyone to gather and enjoy. Your addition can be customized to meet your needs, and you can create more space without having to add significantly more square footage, which will save you money.

2. Expect lots of options
From the countertop to the cabinets to the flooring and the appliances, thousands of different kitchen remodeling ideas can be found at both your local design showroom and on the internet. You’ll have more new kitchen ideas than you ever expected, which can sometimes be overwhelming. The key to narrowing down your options is by creating goals. Write down a list of everything you want out of your new kitchen, whether it’s a professional-grade chef’s oven or an extra-capacity built-in wine refrigerator. Then once you have a clear idea of your must-haves, you can expand upon it and start to select the specific details. You can add as many features as you like and use any materials you want to create a customized addition that will add elegance and value to your home.

3. Expect new appliances—and the cost that accompanies them
Your kitchen addition will undoubtedly call for new appliances, so be sure to incorporate them into your initial plans and budget. Modern appliances save space, are energy-efficient, and can make cooking so much easier. Refrigerators, freezers, stoves, and ovens do more than ever. There are even smart kitchens with appliances that respond to remote commands, so be sure to do your research and make your kitchen as modern as your budget allows. These appliances will make daily living easy and efficient, so you want to get your choices right.

4. Expect construction
Kitchen additions, of course, always require construction, which means you’ll be without a working kitchen for a period of time. To make things go as fast and smooth as possible, we recommend hiring an experienced architect who works with experienced contractors. This type of professional will be able to give you an honest and accurate estimate of how long your additions will take—and will keep your contractor on schedule. This will allow you to plan properly and not be blindsided by unexpected delays or stops in construction.

5. Expect zoning regulations
Zoning regulations and the need for permits aren’t always a given, but they’re more likely a necessity than not. The best way to ensure you are building your addition according to local building code is to hire an experienced architect. They know exact regulations and work hand in hand with town officials who will be able to help you. You won’t have to worry about any unexpected issues, and your kitchen-addition process will be hassle-free.

Getting your addition started
Now that you know five things to expect when it comes to building your kitchen addition, you’ll be ready to get your addition process started. Call us at any time for advice and guidance. We will provide you with a free consultation and work diligently to help you reach your goals. We can be easily reached by phone at 201-303-9584, or you can visit our contact page. We look forward to learning more about your design goals.