When it is time for a kitchen remodel, the budget is always the first question. “How much should I spend?” is always on a homeowner’s mind with every home improvement project. The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) guidelines recommend investing 15 percent of the home value in a kitchen remodel. At Kreative Kitchens, our rule of thumb is closer to ten percent. If your home is valued around $500,000, you’ll want to spend about $50,000 on a medium grade remodel. The scope of work falls somewhere between a facelift and a major reconstruction for most homeowners.
Where to Start When Planning a Kitchen Remodel
Once you understand the budget of your kitchen remodel, you’ll want to connect with a qualified contractor to help determine the best approach based on your home style, lifestyle, and personal taste. Many contractors have designers on their team that can help with this process, too. Design fees typically range from two percent to five percent of the remodel cost and are often worth the cost for homeowners.
With a design in hand, you’re ready to choose appliances for your kitchen. Size and style are key considerations. For example, will you want a counter depth refrigerator? Double oven? Wine chiller? Plumbing, electrical, and ventilation upgrades are driven by your appliance choices so once those are finalized, your contractor can explain how the layout of those aspects of your kitchen will come together.
After you’ve picked appliances, you can begin to select cabinetry, countertops, and flooring. Your designer can help visualize choices in lighting, backsplash tile, window treatments, hardware and plumbing fixtures. This is where having a designer on your contracting team can help you put all the parts of your kitchen remodel together. When taking on any remodel project, you don’t always realize all the moving parts involved and having a designer help you see that can make your dream kitchen come alive.
A kitchen remodel is a major undertaking for any homeowner. If you’re ready to take the plunge, contact us here at Kreative Kitchens and Baths. Our “start-to-finish” approach offers a team with design support, licensed contractors and on-site project management to help you get the kitchen you want for your budget. Don’t put off a kitchen remodel because you think it’s out of your league. With the help of a qualified contractor, you can and will get the kitchen of your dreams.