Experts as well as realtors all agree that the two most important jobs that add the most value to a home are kitchens and bathrooms. These also cost the most to do, but are well worth it. If you had a choice as to which you would choose to start first, then that would be the kitchen. The kitchen is where the family hangs out together, eats together, the kids do there homework there and even entertain your guests there.
It’s the focal point of any house. Keep in mind when guests come to visit, it’s what they usually see first and most people comment on when they leave the house. It leaves a lasting impression when visitors leave your home. They can normally judge a homeowner by there kitchen. Think about it, if a kitchen is small, outdated, falling apart, appliances are from the 90’s or older, you too would leave that home and speak to your spouse or friends about that kitchen and may not feel that you would come again. It’s harsh but it’s reality. Good or bad, both can leave very different impressions and can speak volumes about the homeowner. Homeowners should be enjoying there own kitchens. You’re doing it for yourself and enjoying the upgrades and ease that a new kitchen can give you. Kitchens are done once in a lifetime and like a car, you can choose all the accessories you want which changes the cost of the kitchen. You have on chance at it, have fun with it and you’ll enjoy your kitchen for years to come.
Kitchens are the most important part of any home. Think about this, if you were looking for a new home, would you be looking at the kitchen and because of the kitchen you either decided to buy or pass on the house? Investors buy a house to remodel and the two that would need the most work would be the kitchen and the bathrooms. An investor is banking that his work and the money he put into the kitchen and bathrooms would help the house sell faster and for the most money. Most women go straight to the kitchen and the bathrooms before making a decision to buy the house for the family. First time home buyers normally want a house completely finished, which means the kitchen and bathrooms have to be amazing.
Understand this, if two homes on the same block are for sale at the same price with all things being equal to size, layout and age of home, but one of the homeowners completely did there kitchen and bathrooms, which home would sell at a higher price and which would eventually sell at a much lower price? It’s obvious to know that if a home buyer is looking to buy the house completely done and is ready to move in they would be willing to pay more to have a home that’s completely finished rather than spending lots of time, money and energy into getting the house that needs a lot of work more of a hassle.
Ok, let’s talk about what options can me done to upgrade your kitchen without undertaking a costly renovation. The time of work may vary but can take 1 day to up to 2 weeks:
Option #1: One word: Paint. Outdated wall colors and chipped paint will make any room look drab and unkempt. The great thing about painting a room is that it is an easy and inexpensive fix. A new coat of paint in an appealing color will give any kitchen an instant update and make a nice impact even if it is the only change you make.
Option #2: Refurbish instead of replacing cabinets. Brand new cabinets make a beautiful addition to any kitchen, but are also a costly investment. If your cabinets are in good condition, you may consider painting, refinishing or re-facing them with new doors and drawer fronts rather than replacing them. Any of these projects will require time and work, but will give your kitchen an updated look and feel. Finish up with new hardware on all cabinets and drawers, and your kitchen will emerge with a fresh new style for a fraction of the cost of new cabinets.
Option #3: Replace an outdated sink and faucet. Replacing an outdated sink and faucet is a relatively simple upgrade that is also easy on the wallet. If your sink is in good shape, you can spend even less by only replacing the faucet. Be sure to coordinate a new sink and/or faucet with the rest of the fixtures in the kitchen such as light fixtures and cabinet hardware. Mismatched metals such as a brass light fixture and chrome hardware makes for a less cohesive look, and a streamlined appearance is a major goal of a minor kitchen remodel. * Understand that replacing your sink would only be replace with an over-mount sink rather than an under-mount sink.
Option #4: Patiently seek out great deals on appliances. Saving money on appliances can be tricky. Scratch and dent warehouses are a great place to begin your search for deals on kitchen appliances. While those with obvious damage should be avoided, these warehouses can be the perfect place to find appliances with minor blemishes.
Be a savvy shopper when looking for appliances. Major holidays such as Memorial Day and Labor Day are popular times for big sales, and may present opportunities to find discounts. Ask salespeople if there is room for negotiation and if any sales are coming up. Find out if there are any floor models or discontinued models from the previous year. Seeking out energy efficient appliances is a great way to save money on your energy bills as well.
OK, now it’s time to move forward with upgrading your kitchen with a complete renovation. This will take from 3 weeks to 2 months:
The start is getting a layout: When meeting with your contractor he will want to start to talk about layout options, including possibly removing walls to open up the kitchen to the rest of the house. Removing walls can be non load bearing or load bearing walls. Non load bearing walls are easier and less costly then load bearing walls which need an architect and blueprints. Your contractor will work with you and his cabinet maker to create a layout of your kitchen. Layouts are done on a computer and it gives you a 3D look of what your final outcome of your kitchen will be. This is awesome!
Completely demo your kitchen: Demoing your kitchen down to the subfloor will only be the beginning, this includes removing your flooring, be it old tile or linoleum. Demoing and haul away is usually done in one to 2 days. New plumbing, electrical and lighting upgrades begin for the next week or two. Relocating appliances my be needed as well.
Semi Custom Cabinetry: There are many choices of cabinetry and cost can be a factor. Semi custom or prefab cabinets maybe the way to go to have beautiful inexpensive cabinets. You can have just about anything you want added to the kitchen cabinets. All these options are available on custom kitchen cabinets as well. Normally you have a choice of different kitchens to choose from and then get them installed when the kitchen is ready. Colors and styles are only available as shown. You are limited to only the way the kitchen comes in and can not change the colors or door style in anyway unless you go custom. Fillers are usually used to fill the gaps because the boxes only come in specific sizes, unlike custom cabinets.
Custom Cabinetry: For a more wide range of cabinets then those may be the best way to because you can have your kitchen exactly the way you want. Custom cabinets provide the color and door style you want, including the type of solid wood you want to use or if you would rather have melamine made cabinets, though custom can be less expensive for custom cabinets. Either choice the actual box being made, the doors are solid wood and drawers are either melamine or solid wood dovetail quality (dovetail are more expensive).
Cabinet Accessories: Either you go with semi custom or custom cabinets, you have the same choices. Double trash pullouts, soft close full extension glides (very recommended), simple glides (not full extension), pullout drawers inside the cabinets, lazy susans, swivels, glass doors etc…
Counter tops: There are a number of counter types you can choose from, some are better than others, depending on what you want. Granite is a great choice but expensive option for your countertops. Many different grades of granite, colors and finishes are available. Granite come with warranties against defects or anything else. Quartz counters, such as Caesarstone or Silestone and others provide an amazing product, easy to clean easy to manage, more hypoallergenic than granite and all come with manufacturer warranties against defects. No sealants needed unlike granite. Quartz counters come in a variety of colors. Some may still use tile (more old fashioned), concrete (uncommon and very few contractors can do this work), soapstone,
Electrical: Electrical will be upgraded. GFI’s will be added so make sure your electrical panel has enough room to be able to add dedicated lines directly to the panel from the kitchen. The inspector will be looking to make sure this meets codes. Lighting are in the ceilings are going to be energy efficient lights as according to codes. These lights can not be connected to any sort of dimmer switches. Pendant lights may be added for an island and maybe connected to a dimmer. Undermount cabinet lighting may be installed as well. The kitchen will have complete updated electrical to make the kitchen as energy efficient as possible, so keep in mind the kitchen can be expensive but well forth it.
Kitchen Accessories: For your kitchen, you can pick out the sink and appliances you want. The type of handles or knobs you want to add character to your cabinets. Tile for the floors or backsplash are a big part of the look of your kitchen, including the paint color on the walls.
Complete Kitchen: As you can see, the kitchen is the most important room in the house and building your kitchen can be a lot of work and exciting. The kitchen is the center piece of any home and more is said about the home as about the home owner. One can be very proud of there home and enjoy many years of usage and yes even taking pride and showing it off.
Sk Home Designz will give you options on your kitchen to make it the center piece of your home and you too can take pride in showing off your new kitchen. Make it spectacular so the whole family can enjoy the benefits and feel a part of this endeavor. Now you can finally host your own holiday dinners, parties or just have an intimate dinner for the family to take pride in your new kitchen!