Has being indoors during the snow and rain had you thinking about renovating your home? Regardless of where the party starts, everyone always seems to end up in the kitchen . . . at our house, it’s where the meals begin and end and where, every so often, an impromptu dance party takes place. Despite the size of our kitchens, they often end up full of people! If you are thinking of remodeling your kitchen, you are not the only one! Before you sign on the line with the contractor or get too far ahead of yourself perusing fabulous farm sinks, we thought we’d share a few things for you to consider about your kitchen remodel:
Before you begin, spend some time scoping out the kind of kitchen that you like, and pay attention to the details! Pinterest, magazines, and looking at the details in friends’ homes is a great place to start. Check out Kelly Blanchard’s Pinterest page on Kitchens–aptly titled “the heart of our home” for some kitchen eye candy! Thinking through what you really want–down to the details–will help you plan, prioritize, and pick and choose when remodeling.
WARM UP THE CALCULATOR:
While very few of us actually love a budget, having a budget before you set out to renovate is extremely helpful and can help you be intentional about planning. Houzz & Home reports the average kitchen renovation costs $29,400, but that all depends on what you do! Before you begin, consider what you are hoping for from your kitchen–are you changing the size of the space or giving your current kitchen a face-lift, adjusting the layout or upgrading the quality of appliances you have? Smaller kitchen up-grades could run as low as $10-$15k and could include repainting walls, upgrading cabinets and installing a new sink and backsplash. Mid-sized renovations could run $15k-$35k and higher and could include custom cabinets, flooring, granite counters, new lighting and high end appliances. A full-blown kitchen remodel often starts around $35k and goes on up from there. These remodels overhaul the space all together–it could include tearing down walls, relocating appliances or sinks, and it usually means that everything in the space is now–from counters and cabinets to knobs to flooring and appliances. Regardless of the size of your dreams or budget, it’s recommended that you put aside 15-20% of the cost of the renovation to cover unexpected costs that may creep up. The general rule of thumb for kitchen renovations is that they should cost 5-15% of the value of your home.
GO PRO? OR NOT?
Although many homeowners have some great skills that can help reduce the cost of their renovation overall, there are great local companies who will happily completely renovate your kitchen for you! Lowe’s and even Ikea will send folks out to help you professionally measure, plan, and dream up your new space before you get started. Make a list of what you are hoping for our of your new space and format a list of questions to ask the experts before you get started. Thinking through the details on the front end will always be worth your while!
Before you get started, be sure to take lots of good before pictures–and share them with us! We’d love to see your work in progress and help you celebrate your new kitchen! Once your kitchen is finished, we know that you will love it and we are certain it will be put to good use with tasty meals, friends and family, and at least one or two good dance parties! After all is said and done, let us bring you some coffee and have you show us around–we would love to see it! Have fun!