Best Strategies for Kitchen Remodeling Projects
Homeowners spend more money on kitchen remodeling than on any other home improvement project. The kitchen is the heart of the home and the main hub where everyone gathers. For many it is a source of pride.
A great portion of kitchen remodeling costs can be recovered by the value the project brings to the home. A complete kitchen renovation with a national median cost of $65,000.00 recovers about 62% of the initial project cost at the home’s resale, according to the “Remodeling Impact Report” from the National Association of REALTORS®.
To help ensure you get a good return on your kitchen remodel, follow these seven tips:
1.) Plan, Plan, Plan: Planning your kitchen remodel should take more time than the actual construction. This will help minimize the time you might be inconvenienced by construction mayhem, plus your more likely to stay on budget.
The National Kitchen and Bath Association recommends you spend at least six months planning your kitchen remodel. That way, you won’t be tempted to change your mind during construction and create changes, which will inflate construction costs and hurt your return on investment.
Tips: To avoid mistakes it’s best to create a drawing of your kitchen mapping the layout with all measurements for doorways, walkways, counters, etc. And don’t forget height too! You don’t want to buy that extra-large fridge only to find they can’t get it in the doorway.
2.) Get Real About Appliances: It’s easy to get carried away while planning your new kitchen. A six-burner commercial-grade range and luxury-brand refrigerator may make eye-catching centerpieces, but they may not fit your cooking needs or lifestyle. Your kitchen remodel shouldn’t be about the latest gadgets, but about the design and functionality of the entire kitchen. So, unless you’re an exceptional cook who cooks a lot, concentrate your dollars to long-term features that add value, such as cabinets and flooring.
3.) Keep the Same Footprint: Nothing will drive up the cost of a remodel faster than changing the location of plumbing pipes, electrical outlets and knocking down walls. This is usually where unforeseen problems occur. It’s best to keep appliances, water fixtures, and walls in the same location, if possible. Not only will this save on demolition and reconstruction costs, but also the amount of dust and debris the project will generate.
4.) Don’t Underestimate the Power of Lighting: Having the best lighting in a kitchen can make a world of difference. Not only can it make it look larger and brighter, but also help you work safely and efficiently.
The two different types of lighting you should have in your kitchen:
Task Lighting: Under-cabinet lighting. Plan for at least two fixtures per task area to eliminate shadows.
Ambient Lighting: Flush-mounted ceiling fixtures, wall sconces, and track lights create overall lighting in your kitchen. You could also install dimmer switches to control intensity and mood.
5.) Be Quality-Conscious: Resist low-quality bargains and choose products that combine low maintenance with long warranty periods. Functionality and durability should be top priorities during your remodel. Solid-surface countertops, for instance, cost more, but with the proper care, they’ll look great for a long time.
Tip: If you’re planning on moving soon, products with substantial warranties are a selling advantage.
6.) Add Storage, Not Space: Storage will never go out of style, but if you’re keeping the same footprint, consider these ideas:
Install cabinets that reach the ceiling: They may cost more, but you’ll gain valuable storage space for Christmas platters and other once-a-year items. In addition, you won’t need to dust cabinet tops.
Hang it up: Mount small shelving units on unused wall areas and inside cabinet doors; hang stock pots and large skillets on a ceiling-mounted rack; and add hooks to the backs of closet doors for aprons, brooms, and mops.
7.) Communicate Clearly with Your Remodelers: Establishing a good rapport with your project manager or construction team can be essential to staying on budget.
-Dropping by the project during work hours will broadcast your commitment to the quality of the project.
-Hang a message board on site where you and the project manager can leave daily comments. This is also a great way for you to leave your cell phone number to subs and team leaders.
-Be clear about smoking, boom box noise levels, available bathrooms, and appropriate parking.
-Offer refreshments, a little hospitality can go a long way, give praise when warranted, and resist pestering them with conversation, jokes, and questions when they are working. They’ll work better when refreshed and allowed to concentrate on work.
On last tip to help keep your home functioning while under construction and your frustration level down: plan for a temporary kitchen along with the plans for your new kitchen. You’ll be happier when you can cook from home and save spending more money on eating out.
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