Are you getting ready to begin a kitchen renovation? There are a lot of things to consider when remodeling your kitchen. Many people assume that it’s a rather simple process however, a kitchen remodel can be quite costly and time-consuming so there are several things you should consider before deciding to move forward with your kitchen remodel. Let us at Cavalier Builders help you renovate your kitchen.
First and foremost, consider the space you are working with. Your budget will really rely upon the size of the space (or any addition to it). Be sure to carefully plan your layout. You may not be able to pay cash for such a project so, like most people, you may need to secure a home equity loan or a line of credit to accomplish their remodeling desires. To save money, you may even want to consider sticking with your current layout and just upgrade your cabinets, floors, and maybe even your appliances. Once you begin moving plumbing, gas, and electricity you start to really drive the price up.
Think about your appliances and how much of a role they will play in your kitchen layout. If you desire to increase the size of your range, then you need to be sure that weight may require more bracing for the floor underneath. If the hood size varies, you may need to remove some of the walls to make room for the duct. Also, dishwashers and refrigerator locations will impact the layout of your cabinets and may even require additional plumbing or wiring to accommodate them.
Replacing older windows with newer or even larger ones can be a great way to enhance the natural lighting within your kitchen. You may also want to get rid of older outdated lighting fixtures and upgrade them to something more sleek and modern like recessed lighting or LED lighting underneath the cabinets.
Now is a great time to consider your outlets and whether or not you’d like to have more. Often we move appliances around our counters to locate them closer to a power source, but while you remodel, you may want to add some additional outlets. Just be sure to pay attention to local codes. Often, kitchen or even bathroom outlets are required to be GFCI regardless of proximity to the sink.
Countertops and cabinets are going to account for a large portion, if not most of your remodel budget so choose wisely! After all, your kitchen should feel comfortable and aesthetically pleasing to you, so take the time to research all available options, pros, and cons, and make the decision that is best for you.
Your kitchen cabinetry is usually the most expensive feature to replace in a kitchen. Depending on the style and number of cabinets you need it can encompass 20-40% of your kitchen renovation budget.
The majority of kitchen renovation costs are generally not recouped but it may be worth it to you to have a newly remodeled kitchen. If you are a homeowner and not a flipper you will likely renovate your kitchen because it is something you will use and enjoy over time.