A kitchen remodel is a huge undertaking, and many consumers may have concerns about maximizing function and convenience while also investing in something that will add beauty and allure to their home. There are some key components involved in kitchen remodeling that can really distinguish one homeowner from another, accommodating the needs and lifestyle of those using the space regularly. By reassessing some elements of the task ahead, consumers can be sure to invest their budget wisely in the areas of the space that will give them the most bang for their buck, while reserving some other tasks for later that could potentially soak up their project budget.
Homeowners are encourage to prioritize by fixating on two or three major areas of the kitchen in need of upgrade or enhancement; this may be the appliances, flooring, cabinets, or any aspect that has contributed to the consumer’s decision to take action. These major refurbishments can pay off over time, and many upgraded kitchens may actually enhance the overall value of the home. Consider the following kitchen features that take the owners’ individual style preferences into account, while optimizing remodeling budgets to bring valued elements to the home.
It is estimated that almost one half of a kitchen remodeling budget is spent on custom cabinets and built-ins for a typical renovation or refurbishment; altering or upgrading the cabinets can have a significant impact on the aesthetic results of the space, dramatically changing the atmosphere of the room. To save some money on custom cabinetry, some homeowners may want to give kitchens a modern flair with cabinetry that utilizes glass doors or frame-less styles. Some country-themed kitchens may integrate wide horizontal shelving as an inexpensive alternative to filling the space with cabinets. This further allows for the distinct country look with visible crockery and dishes bringing warmth and charm to the kitchen. If cabinets are simply outdated, refurbish them rather than replace. Add new hardware, paint treatments, or remove doors for open, minimalist feel.
Lifestyles of those dwelling in the space is an integral consideration when choosing the flooring for a kitchen. While many may crave the polished look of stone or tile flooring, the costs might be prohibitive for some budgets. Vinyl flooring is inexpensive to purchase and easy to install, but may not evoke the high-quality tone that the consumer is seeking. Laminate offers a prudent compromise between the two, providing the look of some high-end materials with the cost and durability more in line with vinyl flooring material. Those fortunate to have wood floors may want to invest in some unique floor coverings to protect and preserve the flooring, and the cost to have floors sanded and refinished is indeed a wise expenditure. Considerations such as climate, traffic, and longevity are some characteristics that may make the prudent choice clear to the homeowner.
Who doesn’t yearn for the look and feel of granite slab counter-tops in the kitchen, providing a cool surface for baking and a modern look to the space? Unfortunately, it may be the case that purchasing slab stone for counters can drain a kitchen remodeling budget quite quickly. Furthermore, the weight and installation of these stone features may require the assistance of professional contractors. Those that crave the look of stone on a slightly less-indulgent budget, may find that stone tiles offer a reasonable alternative. This also allows the consumer to select features such as patterned tile details, tinted grout, and coordinating back-splash for a lot less cost. Consumers are reminded that stone and tile surfaces are quite unforgiving in terms of breaking items dropped nearby, so some families may prefer to use a more resilient counter-top material such as Formica, which costs a lot less too.