There are a LOT of considerations when remodeling your kitchen, which is why (of course) I suggest enlisting a designer to lead the way. But if that option is not in the cards, here are the top 4 things to keep in mind when remodeling your kitchen:
1 – Budget.
Of course I’m going to talk about this. Budget may not be fun to think about the realities of writing the big checks, but with proper planning and selections, your money can work FOR you. A new kitchen can add significant value to your home. In fact, homeowners in the Dallas Fort Worth area can recoup an average of 84% of the cost according to a study published on The Nest.
If you’re wondering where to start in relation to putting together a budget, or how much you should cap your spending at so you don’t overbuild your neighborhood, call your local Realtor. They can provide you the general value of your home, and comparisons to what other houses in the neighborhood are selling for so you know what NOT to exceed.
Many general contractors or kitchen remodeling specialists will be able to give you a ballpark range, once you’ve identified what you want to accomplish. If you’re looking to move walls, plumbing and expand the kitchen space, that will obviously cost more than if you keep the existing footprint and simply upgrade your space.
DO NOT create your budget expectations based on “reality” television shows. Those shows get consideration (discounts) for the advertisement of products. And labor is rarely if EVER factored in to the overall budget.
2 – Appliances & Finishes
Appliances are such a major factor in the kitchen, and they come in all sizes and prices. It’s not difficult to spend $10K – $50K on appliances when you’re remodeling your kitchen. Consider how you use your kitchen and the price point the house will sell at. Just because you enjoy take out 6 out of 7 nights, doesn’t mean that you would want to put low end appliances in your luxury home. And vice versa, top of the line appliances in your mid-level home won’t get your return on investment.
Selecting the right finishes is a balancing act. Not only are you wanting functionality and a beautiful aesthetic, but you also want to enjoy both for an extended duration. Trends are great, but will you tire of your selections in 3 – 5 years and feel the need to replace your ____________ because you can’t stand it any longer? I wrote a couple of posts earlier this year that address both COUNTERTOP and BACKSPLASH selections so I won’t re-hash those topics in this post.
Your cabinet hardware is a great way to add style without a huge commitment. Most cabinet fronts will allow a change in size with little repair work needed, but if you can switch out a different style in the same size, you could practically DIY it!
3 – Storage & Counter Space
Consider what sort of storage space you have and determine if you need to add more. If so, do you need to expand your kitchen’s footprint? Look to adjoining rooms to steal some square footage. Or is there a space close by – such as a dining area closet or sideboard – that you can use creatively?
Adding under counter storage will almost always automatically create more counter space. Just make sure you use every. single. inch. available. There are so many drawer options, vertical use of space, and drawers behind doors too, if you prefer. If you’re not adding storage, but need additional counter space, consider a rolling prep counter that could also double as a serving station when needed.
4 – Lighting
Regardless of whether you are expanding the square footage of your kitchen, or simply refreshing your current footprint when you are remodeling your kitchen, lighting ALWAYS makes a difference. Do you have a small window peering in above your sink? Consider making it larger.
Use layers of light: ceiling (recessed) lights, under-cabinet lights, pendant fixtures, and even decorative spotlights to create some dramatic (and useful) light sources. And of course, put them on dimmers.
So there you have it. Top 4 things to keep in mind when remodeling your kitchen. There really are about 1,000 other decisions you will have to make, so if we can be of assistance, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We have years of experience creating happier and more efficient homes (including the kitchen – haha). Contact the team at ML Interiors Group today at 972-248-4733 or via the website contact form. We offer interior design services in all of DFW and beyond.