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Three Simple Ways to Approach Your Kitchen Remodel


If you are thinking it might be time to renovate your home you should know that the kitchen is a good place to start. Whether you want to update the look and feel or really want to increase your home’s value, there may be no better place to start the most commonly shared room in the house.  

Actually, this is why Renovco kitchen renovations are probably the most popular type of home renovation project.

BUDGETING FOR A KITCHEN REMODEL

As you probably know, though, before you can start a remodeling job, you have to set up a budget. Yes, you need to know just how much this is going to cost.  That is also how you are going to know if the investment will be worth the eventual retail value (if that is important to you).

The first thing you need understand about a kitchen remodel budget is that you should plan to spend about 15 percent of your home’s total value.  Or, rather, you should try to spend no more than that; any more and you definitely run the risk of spending too much to reap on the sale in a few years.  For that reason, most people start their budget at 10 percent of their home’s value, knowing that there is probably going to be a few incidentals you did not plan for.

BREAKING DOWN THE BUDGET

Regardless of whether you choose to start at 10 percent or 15 percent (or something in between) the next thing you need to know is where you should invest this money.  Remember that remodeling your kitchen is multi-faceted:

  • Foundation
  • Flooring
  • Paint
  • Fixtures
  • Lighting
  • Oven/range
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Cabinets
  • Countertops
  • Plumbing

This, of course, is in no specific order, neither is it limited to these ideas.  How you choose to do the work depends, obviously, on your objective.

PROPER PLANNING

With all remodeling jobs, it is very important to invest enough time in planning.  Here are some reminders:

  • Measure all hallways and doors.  This way you will be certain that larger items like planks of wood or appliances (the refrigerator) can fit!
  • The kitchen gets more foot traffic than any other room in the house on any given day so always leave 48 inches of width (in a home with two simultaneous cooks)
  • Keep in mind how much extra space you might need for cabinet drawers and doors