This spring, many homeowners will take to their kitchens for a renovation. If a kitchen remodel is in your foreseeable future, or you're just beginning to think about a new kitchen and need some planning guidance, here’s what you should know before you get started.
Remodel Costs Will Vary
So, you’ve decided to take on a kitchen remodel. At this time you’re likely thinking about your budget and planning the first steps. These two factors go together, and often your plans will dictate your budget and vice-versa. Plans for a kitchen remodel can cost as little as $400 and go up to the tens of thousands. Plumbing, cabinetry, countertops, electrical and flooring will translate into the more expensive renovations. Projects like a fresh coat of paint or updated hardware cost much less. Consider which areas of the kitchen, some or all, you’d like to improve and go from there.
Hiring Help and Additional Costs
Some remodeling projects take little more than elbow grease and a free weekend to complete. Other, more complex, renovations, such as replacing your electrical wiring or redoing your plumbing, will require the help of a trained professional. When putting together your kitchen remodel plan and budget, consider the type of projects you want to complete and whether or not you will need a professional on the job, as this will incur an additional cost. Costs will vary from company to company, however, a professional remodeling company will charge for project management which will equal about 11 percent of the job's total cost. When hiring help, be sure to look for licensed and certified professionals. Do research online, read through reviews and get clarification on any questions you many have. The be scenario is having a personal recommendation from family, friends or a neighbour who can show you their work.
When choosing what types of updates you want to add to your kitchen, try to be as realistic as possible. For example, if you don’t cook often, there’s really no need to have an eight-burner range or other luxury professional-grade appliances installed. Opt for the basics, or a mid-range option instead. It’s also smart to consider design features that will complement your everyday routine, not complicate it. It’s wise to have ample storage, plenty of task lighting and lots of countertop space. As you’re putting your wishlist together, remember to think about resale value. Just because a color or item is trending now, doesn’t mean it will be next year, and just because you absolutely love something bold doesn’t mean the next homeowner will feel as passionate about it - and in time you may not either! - so choose wisely.
Step Out of Your Kitchen’s Current Footprint
Feeling cramped? Is the flow all wrong? Don’t feel like you have to keep your kitchen’s current layout when undergoing your remodel. This is the time to change the things you don’t like about your current kitchen space, such as lack of working space and storage, or original design flaws. Can you easily maneuver from the sink to the range? How effective is your kitchen space when more than one person is cooking? Consider these questions before making changes. As walls come down and the footprint changes, you may find out that plumbing needs to move or you might even run into other issues regarding things like electrical wiring. Keep these what-ifs in mind and consider how it might impact your overall kitchen remodel budget.
Every Project Is Unique
No single kitchen remodel is like another. Each kitchen renovation will require its own specific budget and plans. As you take on your own kitchen remodel this spring, keep these items in mind so in the end you have a kitchen you really love.