One of the biggest concerns you may have going into a big remodel is how to pick the affordable appliances you will need. Of course, remodeling a kitchen doesn't mean that you have to replace all of your existing appliances. However, many homeowners see it as the perfect time to invest in matching energy efficient appliances that will fit in with the new style of the bathroom. While most of these appliances belong in the kitchen, other appliances such as washers and dryers can be found in basements, garages or utility areas.
Whatever your remodeling plans are, don't forget to give some thought to the appliances that will best fit in with your home.
Unless you plan on washing all of your dishes by hand, there is a good chance that your kitchen remodel will include the purchase of a new dishwasher.
These integral appliances are typically installed between base cabinets and usually come in standard colors such as black and white as well as in the slightly more expensive stainless steel.
- Size: When you choose your dishwasher, one of the first things to consider is size. A standard dishwasher is designed to fit within a 24 x 24 space, but always double check the measurements of any dishwasher and the space allotted in your kitchen remodel before making the purchase.
- Cost: Along with the look, price and cost of a dishwasher, you will want to investigate what kinds of features are offered with any particular model.
- Style: Dishwashers with drawers that pulls out rather than down, for example, are often available in luxury models with prices to match, but they can require a spacious kitchen to fit properly.
- Features: Adjustable racks can also be a fantastic feature that allows you to reconfigure the layout of the dishwasher to fit in tall glasses, stemware or even pots and pans.
- Interior: An interior stainless steel tub can resist stains for longer, and some dishwashers come with a variety of cycles to soak or wash at high temperatures.
Determine which features you need, and purchase a dishwasher that fits those needs and your budget.
A standard in every modern kitchen is a refrigerator, so a kitchen remodel will almost certainly include a closer look at the existing fridge and a possible replacement.
Refrigerators can vary wildly in price depending on the size you're looking for, the manufacturer and the quality of the finishes.
- Budget: A typical budget fridge will be the two-door, top-freezer models. These have a larger bottom portion, which serves as the fridge, and a smaller portion on the top for frozen items. The reverse, a two-door bottom-freezer model, has roughly the same proportions but switches the layout since the fridge is used more frequently.
- French Door: A French door fridge has three doors: two side by side fridge compartments and a lower freezer section. A side-by-side refrigerator has two doors, and the left half is the freezer while the right half is the regular refrigerated area.
- Refrigerator Drawers: You can also find refrigerated drawers in custom kitchen remodels as well as built-in fridges that are perfectly flush with cabinets for a sleek look in the space.
- Style: After choosing the style and size of refrigerator that will work best in your newly remodeled kitchen, browse through available features to determine which you'll want most.
- Features: Dispensers for water and ice makers are incredibly popular, but that is just the start. Other optional features include adjustable shelves, temperature-controlled drawers and built-in television screens or music players.
Stove Tops and Ovens
The primary objective in almost any kitchen is to cook and prepare food, so it is impossible to forget about stove tops and ovens when remodeling a kitchen.
First, think about the layout of the kitchen and how much space you have to accommodate the appliances you want. If space is limited, sometimes the classic range is best. This offers a stove top on the top of the appliance and a single oven underneath. This is also typically the cheapest option.
Of course, you can also opt for a separate wall oven and a cook top that fits in elsewhere on the countertop of the kitchen.
Double wall ovens are increasingly popular in luxury homes. Your stove top can come in many styles ranging from a traditional electric coil range to an induction cook top, which boasts a sleek and completely flat surface.
When choosing an oven and a stove top, don't forget to distinguish between gas and electric. If you already have electric, it makes sense to stick with it, since installing a gas line can be expensive.
However, many top chefs prefer gas for cooking, so that might be something you want to budget for.
Features to consider in your next stove or range purchase might include:
- In-oven lights
- Touchpad buttons
- Raised lip around the cook top for easier cleaning
- Self-cleaning cycle for the oven
Although microwaves can be purchased separately, some are available with extractor fans that fit directly above ranges to save space.
Washers and Dryers
Whether they are going in a hall closet, in a utility room or in a finished basement as part of the remodel, buying a washer and dryer is a big decision.
Perhaps the first thing to keep in mind is what style you prefer.
- Top-load agitator washers and top-load dryers are among the most popular and the most affordable, but that is certainly not your only option.
- You can also choose a front-load version, which many users say dries clothes faster and is easier to load and unload.
- Front-load stackable washers and dryers save space in a small area.
Since dryers, in particular, use so much electricity, looking at energy efficiency is especially important for these appliances.
Part of remodeling often includes buying new appliances that match the renovated space. Along with the tips listed above, don't forget to account for any shipping or delivery charges that may be incurred.
In addition, be sure to consider warranties for all of the appliances you purchase and factor that in when deciding on the right models to invest in for your home.