Doing a kitchen remodel can be a fun, exciting and great way to change the look of your kitchen. Its also a really great way to add more value to your home if you plan on selling anytime soon. But, before you visit any showrooms, buy any products, or meet with a professional, read my expert advice on how to create the perfect space you’ve always wanted!
What’s Worth Adding and What Should You Forget?
When it comes time to do a kitchen remodel, chances are you DO have a budget and you want to not only make that budget stretch, but you also want to add value and function to your kitchen. I don’t blame you! Here is a list of items you should add versus ones you should not – for now anyway.
A second sink: Its a good idea to place this sink outside the regular cooking zone. This is a great idea if you have another Chef in the kitchen or you just want to have a place to clean fruits and veggies or a wash sink to clean hands before dinner.
Soft Close Drawers: You don’t realize how much you LOVE soft close drawers until you have them. These drawers (and cabinets) have a cool little device on them that keeps the doors from slamming shut. Instead, they glide shut, softly.
Full Pull Out Cabinets: These nifty cabinets tend to be longer than deeper and they are a great option for adding pots and pans, as well as lids. It keeps everything organized, and yet the cabinets are easy to reach into it.
Not Worth It
Glazed or Crackled Cabinets: Not only does this type of cabinet finish go in and out of style often, but it can also add an additional 30% cost onto your kitchen remodel. THAT is a lot of money! Think of it this way, if your entire remodel costs $15,000 just by adding on crackled or glazed cabinets, your cost can skyrocket up to $19,500. That’s an extra $4500 just for your cabinets alone. Its really not a good idea to consider this and there are so many other options available to you that ARE worth it!
Chef Ready Appliances: One thing you need to understand now is that there is a huge difference between Chef-like and Chef-ready appliances. Chef-like appliances will still allow you to have functional, quality equipment, but at a lower cost (and weight) than Chef-ready appliances. A lot of the professional kitchen brands out there offer residential appliances. Viking, for instance, is known as being a very popular brand in professional kitchens, but they also are huge pieces of equipment that way a ton and they tend to be thousands of dollars more than residential kitchen appliances. This is definitely something to think about! For example, a Viking range for a professional kitchen can cost around $8000. Yea. You read that right! On the other hand, a Viking home kitchen range can cost $1500 to $3000. Even $3000 is a lot but its way better than $8000!!!
Save More Money
One way to save the most amount of money is to keep the same layout you have now. You see, once you start adding walls, knocking down walls, changing plumbing connections and electrical wiring, THAT is when the cost starts to go up. But, if you forgo these options or at least slim them down, you can save a considerable amount of money so you can spend it on more important design options like that new floor you’ve been wanting to put in, or that Viking range you always wanted, or that coffee bar you need.
Save Money On Cabinets
One of the easiest ways to save money on cabinets is to stay away from custom cabinets. Custom cabinets are cabinets that you add your own customizations to. Instead, get standard cabinets with standard options – these tend to have no upfront charges.
Under The Cabinet Lighting Is A Big Plus!
Under the cabinet lighting or task lighting is a great way to add lighting to your kitchen, without overbearing and expensive overhead lights. These lights, as per the name, go under your cabinets. Two of the most popular types are LED and XENON. XENON goes for around $25 to $125 for a 24-inch installation. LED goes for $75 to $190 for a 24-inch installation.
Not only are open shelves cheaper than closed cabinets but they also add personality to your kitchen. Its important, however, that you realize not everything can go on an open shelf. Shelves will collect dust so you should only be storing; cookbooks, serving platters that you can clean quickly and easily, and coffee cups and cereal bowls that you use and wash regularly, on these open shelves.
Buy A Proper Hood
If you bought a hood before and it seemed like it wasn’t working properly or it was making a lot of noise, there are a few factors you should consider when buying a new one.
– The size of the hood should be the same size as the range. So if you get a 30-inch range, the hood should also be 30 inches. Not only will this keep things working properly, but an overly small or overly large hood can look a little weird in your kitchen. If you do want to go a little larger, consider only going 3-5 inches larger/higher
– BTUs do matter: The BTUs and the CFM of a hood do factor into your hood. You want to make sure that its big enough, as well as powerful enough to use in your kitchen.
A goose neck faucet is one of the most useful types of faucets. These have a long neck which makes them perfect for accommodating large pots, but they also have a sprayer that extends out of the top of the faucet. The design of this type of faucet. works for just about any kitchen. These also come in a wide array of colors and materials.
Large Single Basin Sink
Sinks are a factor that you will probably spend hours muddling over. There are just so many designs, styles, types, materials and more. But, I am here to tell you that the single basin is one of the best options to consider. Its nice and large which allows you to wash several things at once, but they also come with a flat bottom to keep glasses from tipping over and you can get the drain placed towards the backside of the sink so that water on top of dishes, won’t get the water backed up. Just make sure you choose one that is no deeper than 12 inches otherwise you will literally be up to your elbows in water!
Counter Top Edges
You might not realize the cost factor that comes into play when it comes to edges, but the cost is very significant! Eased edges are no extra cost. On the other hand, full bullnose is around $6 to $7 per linear foot. Lastly, Ogee which looks a little more ornate, but costs more is at around $8 to $12 per linear foot.
Alternatives To Granite
Lets be honest, everyone wants a natural stone counter in their kitchen. Most of the natural stones are super durable – you can even place hot pots on them, they are easy to clean, easy to take care of, absolutely beautiful and they look and feel luxurious. But, what if you simply don’t have the money for a granite counter? Well, I definitely wouldn’t suggest going with something cheap and cheesy like laminates. Yuck. These can look nice, but that’s not my issue. My issue with laminates is that they can chip easily, they are finicky when it comes to heat, and the surface can cause flecks of it to chip off. We’re not talking the usual chips on corners or edges, but the actual surface. If you can’t afford granite (usually costs around $100 to $225 per square foot) and you don’t want laminate, there are other options available.
– Engineered stone is a composite material made of crushed stone bound together by an adhesive, (most commonly polymer resin, with some newer versions using cement mix). The two common stones used in producing these products are marble and quartz. The application of these products depends on the original stone used. For engineered marbles, the most common application is indoor flooring and walls, while the quartz-based product is used primarily for kitchen countertops. Related materials include geopolymers and cast stone. Unlike terrazzo, the material is factory made in either blocks or slabs, cut and polished by fabricators, and assembled at the work site. Engineered stone will cost between $100 to $180 per square foot.
– Concrete: From rough-hewn to refined, concrete countertops have moved beyond the drab slabs of the past. Advancements have catapulted concrete into the world of architectural-grade products, alongside popular stone and wood options. A concrete countertop is a serious contender for those seeking a customized material with a natural sensibility, it’s widely adaptable but is definitely not for those who cherish perfection. A concrete countertop will cost anywhere between $50 to $140 per square foot.
– Stainless Steel Counters: If you’re looking for a clean look with refined lines, nothing looks better than a stainless steel top. Plus, these are incredibly easy to clean, maintain and they are perfect for keeping bacteria away. Pretty much any professional kitchen out there has a stainless steel counter and its specifically for these reasons. Now if you plan on cutting right on them, lines from the blade will show up over time, but for some people, this simply adds character to the counter. If you don’t want this to happen, make sure that you only use the stainless steel counter for soft things like making dough and use a cutting board for cutting. Stainless steel usually costs anywhere between $40 and $130 per square foot.