The kitchen is the heart of the home and the center of family life, from the daily bustle of meals to holiday preparations. And as the heart — it gets a workout.
That’s why a kitchen remodel is at the top of so many homeowners’ wish lists. And while updating your kitchen takes some work and commitment, it can pay off in both the day-to-day enjoyment of your home and increased value. According to the National Association of Realtors, “a significant portion of kitchen remodeling costs may be recovered by the value the project brings to your home” — typically around 67% of initial project costs, according to the 2015 Remodeling Impact Report.
Here are some tips to start turning your dream kitchen into a reality.
Plan, and Plan Again
Given the expense and inconvenience of a kitchen remodel, it’s not something you’re going to want to do often. The key to a kitchen you’ll be happy with over the years lies not only in how it looks, but also in how you’ll use it.
What’s your kitchen style? Do you entertain often and need a lot of flexibility?
Do you like quick access to kitchen tools, or do you prefer to have everything out of sight?
Should an island be strictly functional or a place for family and friends to congregate?
Think about how you move in the space when it comes to the essential triangle of cooking: stove, refrigerator, and sink. Many cooks like to have these three essentials no more than a few steps from each other, so they’re not rushing across the room for that extra ingredient.
Consider your Budget
Even with a generous budget, you’ll likely have to make choices based on cost because when it comes to options for the kitchen, the sky’s the limit, from cabinetry and appliances at all price points to extras like a kitchen island, pantry, breakfast nook, or window seat.
If you’ve having trouble balancing your desires with your budget, there are strategies for keeping your costs in check.
Reality check your appliances Be realistic about what you need and will actually use for appliances. How often do you use all four burners on your stove? If the answer is “not much,” will you really make use of six? Better ergonomics will enhance your experience of cooking more than unused features.
Keep the bones If you can live with where your sink and appliances are, leave them there. Moving pipes will drive up costs.
Renew not replace Instead of replacing your cabinets, consider a fresh coat of paint and new hardware. A professionally done paint job can have them looking good as new, and replacing cabinets and hardware typically counts for 30% of a remodel budget. A little online browsing of Before & After kitchen remodels might convince you of the power of well-chosen paint colors and knobs.
Get your materials in place Make sure you’ve secured all of your materials before you get started. You don’t want to find out that the sink of your dreams is backordered once your old sink has been pulled out or have to scramble for a more expensive solution than you bargained for. Making your decisions and getting the materials in hand is a good way to avoid over-budget surprises.
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