It is often said that the kitchen is the center of the house, it is where we spend many of our waking hours, and where many of our childhood memories took place. There are many ways in which you can remodel your kitchen and costs may vary significantly between different types of remodeling - that’s why you should have your game plan already set, before starting.
Start with setting goals - what do you want out of your new kitchen
Many people start out by buying an appliance they wanted, fixing a cabinet or changing the old fashioned kitchen tiles, and continuing from there to the next thing and then the next - all without having a vision or budget in mind.
When you plan your remodeling beforehand you make sure that the appliances fit, that the colors you choose for the cabinets work well with the rest of the kitchen, and that the kitchen itself compliments the home’s overall interior design.
When thinking about such a plan ask yourself - what is it you want out of your new kitchen? Is it more about the style and design, comfort or about getting more out of your cooking skills.
Set a budget
After you've figured out why you are remodeling your kitchen and envisioned how it's going to look like, it's time to set your budget for the entire project. Remodeling costs may range from a 1000$ to hundreds of thousands of dollars. While the national average is above 22K$ according to HomeAdvisor, it is not uncommon, for upscale properties, to find kitchen remodeling projects as costly as 15% of the property's value, easily reaching the 100k$ and beyond.
Work with professionals
To control your costs it's always wise to plan your kitchen with the help of an interior designer. A professional designer knows how to choose items that can save you a lot of money and get the result you want. You can save as much as thousands of dollars on tiles, countertops, lighting, sinks and other materials that a designer can be creative about finding and matching. A designer can also recommend remodeling professionals and assess labor costs.
Choose the right appliances
Kitchen appliances are very important for the style and functionality of your kitchen. A brand new kitchen won’t look as good with old appliances. When you're budgeting the project make sure you take appliances into consideration. Top of the line brands like Bosch or KitchenAid can really elevate the way your kitchen looks but cost top dollar. Choosing your kitchen appliances in advance also allows you to better plan the kitchen’s layout and ensure you get the measurements correctly.
So whether you want to raise the bar for your family dinners or replace an outdated design, keep in mind to plan ahead, set your budget and work with professionals - that will help you save money in the right places and, most importantly, make sure you will be satisfied with the final result.