Unlike other home renovation projects, remodelling the kitchen is the most expensive for homeowners. Reasons being that the kitchen is the powerhouse of the home and a source of pride for homeowners.
You may be able to recover a significant amount from this cost through its value to your home.
According to the National Association of REALTORS® "Remodelling Impact Report," a full kitchen remodelling having a national median cost of $65,000 will recover about 62% of the initial project cost when the home is resold.
Homeowners also greatly approve of the project. The "Report" polls showed a whopping 10/10 score (based on the level of satisfaction, lowest to highest from 1-10) for their new kitchen.
These tips below will help improve your chances of a great return on your kitchen renovation.
Kitchen Remodel Tips: Proper Planning
You should take more time to plan your kitchen renovation in preparation for the actual construction. With proper planning you can reduce the time and inconvenience of construction chaos, in addition to sticking with the budget.
How much time is required for planning?
At least six months, as recommended by the Kitchen and Bath Association. This way you reduce the likelihood of changing your decisions and making change orders which will increase the cost of construction and ultimately affect your return on investment.
Some planning tips:
Study your current kitchen – Determine the width of the kitchen doorway. Many homeowners make the mistake of buying a large refrigerator only to find that it cannot get past the doorway. This can easily be avoided by creating a drawing of your kitchen with dimensions for counters, doorways, walkways, etc. and also the height.
Consider traffic patterns – Work aisles should be at least 42 inches wide, and 48 inches for a home having multiple cooks.
Include an ergonomic design – Adjustable counter heights; base cabinet drawers or pull-out selves; a wall oven in place of a range. These features make a kitchen generally accessible and pleasurable.
Plan for the unexpected – No matter how detailed your plan is, make sure you expect the unforeseeable. Consider a little flexibility for completing the project. For instance if you actually want it completed by Thanksgiving, then plan to complete it before Halloween.
Select your materials and fixtures before you start – Contractors can make bids that are more accurate, and there'll be reduced risk of delays from back orders.
Don't shy away from seeking help – Your kitchen renovation can be made easier by an expert designer. Experts can help decide on style, tell likely challenges, and schedule contractors. However, you should expect charges of about $50 to $150 an hour, or between 5-15 percent of the total project cost.
Kitchen Remodel Tips: Appliances
You may be easily carried away when planning your kitchen renovation. A high-end refrigerator and multi-burner commercial-grade range may be striking centrepieces but may not suit your cooking habits or needs.
Essentially, appliances should serve as tools for cooking and storing food. Rather than focus on the tools, your new kitchen should be about functionality and design. So unless you cook a whole lot, you should focus more on lasting features, such as flooring and cabinets, which add more value.
Therefore, you should choose appliances manufactured by trusted brands, paying close attention to online reviews and user reports.
Kitchen Remodel Tips: Maintain the Footprint
Tasks like repositioning electrical outlets and plumbing pipes, and breaking walls are sure to quickly increase the cost of renovation. Unexpected issues usually occur at these stages.
Therefore, try to ensure plumbing fixtures, walls, and appliances are kept in the same location. You'll save a lot on demolition and reconstruction, as well as reduce the volume of debris generated by your project.
Kitchen Remodel Tips: Don't Shy Away from Lighting
Lighting can help project your kitchen and give it a much brighter and larger look. It can also help you work effectively and safely. Your kitchen should have two kinds of lighting:
Task lighting – Lighting beneath cabinets should be top on your list because work areas around cabinets are usually dark. And your renovation gives you the opportunity to hard-wire the lights.
Consider at least two lighting fixtures for each task area in order to get rid of shadows. Islands can make use of pendant lights, and also counters without low cabinets. Sinks and general preparatory areas without overhead cabinets can make use of track and recessed lights.
Ambient lighting – Overall kitchen lighting can be achieved with track lights, wall sconces, and flush-mounted ceiling fixtures. Dimmer switches can be included to control mood and intensity.
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Kitchen Remodel Tips: Think Quality
Durability and functionality are top priorities when it comes to your new kitchen. Keep off substandard deals, and go with products which have low maintenance but long warranty periods.
For instance, solid countertops may be a little more expensive, but when properly maintained, they'll last a very long time.
And just in case you decide to move soon, you'll be better able to sell products with extensive warranties.
Kitchen Remodel Tips: More Storage, Less Space
Storage will always be necessary. However, here are some ideas for adding more storage if you're using the same footprint:
Install ceiling-high cabinets – Although they may be more expensive and may require a stepladder, they offer useful storage space for once-a-year items like Christmas platters. You also won't need to dust the cabinet tops.
Hang it up: You can install small shelves on bare wall areas and within cabinet doors; hang large skillets and stock pots on a rack mounted on the ceiling; and install hooks on the back of closet doors for mops, brooms, and aprons.
Kitchen Remodel Tips: Establish Clear Communications With Your Renovators
It is essential to communicate clearly with your construction team or project manager in order to stay on budget. To maintain a smooth project:
Visit the project site during work hours – Your presence shows your dedication towards quality.
Establish a routine for communication – Put up a message board where you and your project manager can post daily communiqués. Make your contact information (email and mobile phone number) available to team leads and subs.
Set ground rules – Establish clear rules on smoking, available bathrooms, appropriate parking, and speaker noise levels.
Be generous – A little show of hospitality can help a lot. Offer refreshments, give praises when due, and do not pester them with questions, jokes, and conversation while work is ongoing. They'll work a lot better when refreshed and focused.
Most contractors will create a short-term kitchen or offer you a dual-burner countertop as included in their renovation services.
Finally, in order to be less frustrated as construction is underway, plan for a transitory kitchen. You'll be much happier (and less worried) if you can still have dinner while your kitchen is under construction.
Please read our article on Kitchen Remodel Decisions.