Remodeling a kitchen can be a daunting task! To keep yourself from getting overwhelmed or disappointed during the remodeling process, there are three major things to consider.
In most cases clients will come to me without a budget, not knowing what to expect in connection with the expense of their dream kitchen. Below are a couple of things to consider when formulating the scope of your project. If you would like to use an easy formula to figure out how much should be spent in your kitchen remodel, consider this: A kitchen will take up somewhere near 15% of your home in terms of the amount of space used. So use at least 10% of the overall value of your home to give you a budget idea to start with.
For example, if the value of your home is $500,000 your kitchen remodel should be somewhere in the vicinity of $50,000. This is a good starting point for a kitchen remodel. This budget method will get you quality materials, but not necessarily the most high-end products on the market.
2. DON’T GET AHEAD OF YOURSELF, HIRE A PROFESSIONAL TO ASSESS YOUR SPACE
We live in the age of do it yourselfers …but this is not necessarily the best course of action in regards to a kitchen renovation. It is so fun and helpful to gather ideas, but don’t get ahead of yourself! You may love an idea and even have your heart set on it, but your space needs to be assessed first!
Take for instance, certain glass partition doors on cabinets may cost up to $500 per door…a professional will be able to assess your current home and advise you as to what your space and budge will allow for. Can you fit that dream island in your space or not? Make sure your kitchen designer is a good fit and can help you to coordinate the project!
3. TIMING IS EVERYTHING
When do you want your kitchen project completed? In time for summer entertaining, a family reunion, graduation, wedding, or baby? What is your date? Work backwards from there, remember it takes sometimes two months to receive certain customized materials, namely cabinetry. With that being said, give yourself at least three months to plan for a custom kitchen with a kitchen designer. If your desire is to have things done in the non-winter months, then plan accordingly. It’s always easier to use the grill on the deck than cook on a hot plate in the living room…or wash dishes with a hose outside rather than in the vanity sink in the bathroom. Remember, the amount of time without a kitchen is could be about five weeks…but should be no longer than seven weeks!
This is more of a P.S than a line item, but try to have fun during the process! Don’t stress over things you can’t control. Take plenty of pictures of the stages, and have a nice party to show off when everything is done!