Kitchen Remodeling: Add style and function without going broke
The best kitchens are inviting spaces where family and friends want to spend time, while also being functional and efficient. Your kitchen needs to fit the way you live, cook and entertain.
Whether you want to just freshen up the look or do a complete remodel, here are some considerations to help you plan and make informed decisions you’ll be happy with.
At the start, it is important to decide on:
- How much you want to spend.
- Whether you plan to do some (or all) of the work yourself or hire out.
- Whether you’re OK with the inconvenience of a total remodel, which will mean work crews in your home and no place to cook for an extended period of time.
No matter what level of remodel you want to do, be sure to budget for unexpected costs by adding 10-20% to the budget as a cushion.
Making Simple cosmetic changes can also have a big impact. Based on the current state of your kitchen and what matters most to you, you can choose to do one or more of the items from the following list and still keep you costs low:
- Painting the walls and cabinets and replacing the cabinet hardware.
- Installing new sink and faucets.
- Installing new light fixtures.
- Replacing old flooring – Glazed ceramic tile and porcelain give a modern look and are less expensive than granite or marble.
- Installing new counter-tops – Quartz and laminate are popular options.
- Replacing an appliance or two – You can get a nice quality stainless stove or refrigerator for a relatively low price.
- Fresh ideas
- If you like the drama of white and black, paint the walls white, remove the kitchen cabinet doors, and add molding and black accent pieces.
- Paint the top and bottom cabinets different colours. For example, a classic french color combination is to you yellow on top and blue on the bottom. Or, maybe use tan or the top and dark red or burgundy on the bottom.
How to do a Pre-sale Kitchen Renovation
If you are thinking about selling your home in the net few years, here are some additional considerations:
Sellers often renovate their kitchens to add value to their home and make it more competitive in the marketplace. The popularity of home renovation reality television shows has raised the bar for kitchen remodels and exposed sellers to the latest in design trends. However, investing in these trends may not be worth the time and cost if you plan on moving soon after completing the project. If you don’t plan on staying in the home for more than five years, consider a minor remodel instead.
Use neutral or muted tones. They will appeal to more potential buyers and allow them to easily see how they might add their own style to “make it their own.”
Avoid commercial-grade appliances. Whoever buys your home may not cook or may prefer a simpler set up. Instead replace aging stoves, dishwashers and refrigerators with good quality, energy-efficient models.
Think twice about expensive cabinets and counter-tops. Unless your cabinets or counter-tops are in poor condition, they don’t need to be replaced. Instead, consider painting or refinishing cabinets and replacing the hardware. Laminate or tile counter-tops are relatively inexpensive.
Creating your Dream Kitchen
If you love to cook and entertain, if you’re planning on staying in your home for many years to come and if you have the means, a total redesign of your kitchen may be exactly right for you.
There are many beautiful materials and high-end products available that will make it easy to create your dream kitchen. Having the right expert(s) help you with the floor plan, design elements and installation can give you peace of mind about the final result. Be sure to get a referral to an expert who will listen to your needs and wants and whose work you have seen in other homes.