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Time to Remodel the Kitchen

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The past few months have shown plenty of signs the housing market is recovering, but spending on home remodeling projects is accelerating as well.

Strong growth in sales of existing homes and housing starts, along with historically low financing costs, make for an upturn in home remodeling activity.  

Not only is this good news for the economy, it's great news for those with outdated kitchen cabinets, sub-par countertops and linoleum floors. Consider this news your green light to finally upgrade your kitchen.
Consider the Costs

When determining whether to start kitchen remodeling, make sure you're scaling it to your budget and your available time. There's nothing fun about a partially completed remodel because you ran out of time or money, unless you're looking for an excuse to microwave all your meals.

If you choose to remodel the kitchen, know that many experts say a modest kitchen remodel offers a higher level of return on investment than most other home improvement projects.  According to Remodeling Magazine's 2011-2022 Cost vs. Value Report, a kitchen remodel has an average of 65.7-72.1% return on investment when you sell your home.

If the increased popularity of cooking programs and home improvement television shows is any indicator, the kitchen is rapidly becoming the focal point of not only homebuyers, but also homeowners. It seems an increasing number of homes hitting the market have more cash sunk into the kitchen than other rooms in the house.

For help in creating your kitchen remodeling project, contact Cabinet Refinishing by Kenneth C. Lewis.

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When Doing Kitchen Remodeling Evaluate the Return

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Kitchens are still the heart of the home. It's is where we cook and eat, where friends and family gather, and where children do homework. It's good news that kitchen remodels can retain a significant portion of their value.

Before you begin a kitchen remodeling project, it's imperative to select the correct level of remodeling for what you need now, with an eye on your home's future resale value. Critical factors to assess include the overall budget, how long you expect to stay in your home and what type of kitchens are in other houses in your neighborhood.
 
Midrange minor kitchen remodels or "cosmetic" changes -- new countertops, new cabinet fronts, a few new appliances, light fixtures and hardware -- have an average national cost of $20,000 and get 72% percent return on investment.

Midrange major remodels, which include all new appliances, cabinets, countertops, flooring and lighting, have an average cost of $58,000 and a 66% return. High-end renovations, which can include structural work or relocating to another area in the home, installing larger windows and replacing all kitchen components, can easily cost $100,000 or more. With a more extensive and expensive renovation, returns fall to the 50% to 60% range.
 
Tips in planning your remodel:

Assess your needs and wants. How do you use your kitchen? How many cooks are there? How many daily meals do you cook? What kind of appliances and equipment do you need? Do you eat there? What other activities occur in the kitchen? What are the storage requirements? Is there plenty of natural lighting? Do you want to display any kitchen items?

List all items you would like to replace and establish priorities.

  • Develop an initial itemized budget.
  • Research the latest in kitchen design on the Internet, blogs, decorating magazines and even local show houses or model homes.
  • Organize your inspirations and thoughts.
  • Finalize budget and determine the extent of the renovation.

 Ways to maximize your budget

Cabinetry: Most people today are drawn to a sleeker kitchen, which means flat-panel doors such as Shaker-style. Cabinet refacing and refinishing cuts down on costs and remodeling time significantly.

Countertops: Stone countertops are most attractive to prospective buyers. Quartz, such as Silestone or Caesarstone, is a cost-effective material that adds a great look yet has easy maintenance properties. Granite countertops remain another popular choice, with level 1 being the least expensive.

Appliances: If you are a serious cook, it will be worthwhile to invest in nicer-grade appliances.

Flooring: Prefinished hardwood floors, porcelain tile or natural stone remain popular selections. These floors attract prospective buyers.

Backsplash tile: There are wonderful glass and/or stone mosaics on the market that are affordable and eye catching. Stay away from decorative accent pieces that are priced per single piece. Subway tile, a classic with enduring appeal, provides a crisp look.

For more information, contact Cabinetry by Kenneth C. Lewis.

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What will You Spend on Your Kitchen Remodeling Project?

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Kitchen remodeling is popular with homeowners who want to invest in their homes and create a warm, stylish, comfortable, and efficient kitchen. In addition to improved aesthetics and organization, kitchen remodels also hold great resale value.
 
According to Remodeling magazine’s 2011-2012 Cost vs. Value Report, mid-range minor kitchen remodels – new countertops, appliances, cabinet fronts, and hardware – have an average national cost just shy of $20,000 and get 72% return on investment. Midrange major remodels, which include new appliances, cabinets, countertops, flooring, and lighting, have a mid-range average of $57,824 and a nearly 66% return.
 
Refacing or refinishing the kitchen cabinets is the perfect time to stop the clutter. Now is your chance to take inventory of everything you need to store; then plan accordingly. Shelves can be added, as can turn styles.
 
If you need more work area in your kitchen and space allows, consider adding a kitchen island as well.

In all likelihood, you’ll need to make some choices on where to save and where to splurge. “Keep your priorities front and center,” advises the NKBA Kitchen Planner. "What’s important to you?”

As for budget breakdown, the NKBA Kitchen Planner notes that regardless of the size and style of your remodeling project, you can expect cabinetry and hardware to run about 29% of your investment, appliances and ventilation can be 14%, countertops typically run 10%. Set aside 10 percent or 20% of your budget for contingencies.

For more information on any size kitchen remodeling projects, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

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Beginning a Kitchen Remodeling Project

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Now is an excellent time to remodel your kitchen.  With summer about to start, the economy starting to pick up, now is the perfect time to start planning the kitchen project.  Kitchens are one of the most used spaces in the home, the “heart of the home”; used for homework, dinner parties, and coffee breaks.  How we use them plays a role in how we update them.

Before you begin your kitchen remodel project, ask yourself some questions:

  • What do you want from the kitchen remodeling project? What is your budget in both time and money?
  • To determine the scope of work think about the following:
  • How many people work in the kitchen regularly?
  • What condition are your cabinets in behind the old paint or ugly knobs and pulls?
  • What is your cooking style?
  • Who uses the kitchen and what do they do there?
  • How important is easy cleanup?
  • If you could splurge on one luxury, what would it be?
Don’t forget that you have options when it comes to cabinets. If you don’t need an entirely new kitchen layout, you may not need new kitchen cabinets. Cabinet refacing and refinishing are the perfect option for you. This dramatically cuts down on both the time you spend on the remodel and the amount of money you spend on the remodel.

When deciding to begin the project, remember that your home is still your biggest investment.  And you want to have the highest return possible on that investment, especially if are selling sometime in the near future.
 
Fortunately a kitchen remodeling project is something that recaptures nearly 100% return if you stay within the maximum 15% of the home's current market value.  

The entire kitchen project (including cabinets, appliances, countertops, flooring, lighting) should cost no less than 5% and no more than 15% of the current value of your home with approximately 50% of the total cost allocated for kitchen cabinets if you are buying new.

If you go through this exercise and determine that you either don’t have a large budget, or you don’t need to redesign the layout of the kitchen, contact Cabinetry by Kenneth C. Lewis.

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An Easier Kitchen Remodel

Joseph Coupal - Friday, May 04, 2012

Only a small minority of homeowners undertake a massive kitchen remodel that entails gutting the room and starting from scratch. Since the kitchen is the most expensive and inconvenient room to renovate, it’s commonly tackled bit-by-bit. With careful planning and organization it’s possible to transform your space and budget costs and achieve that dream kitchen you envisioned.

Cabinetry: New cabinets are often the most expensive part of a kitchen remodeling project. However, they don’t need to be. If your cabinets are in good condition and are made of solid hardwood, then you should consider cabinet refacing or cabinet refinishing.

By stripping and refinishing your old cabinets or replacing the cabinet doors with new, your cabinets will have a brand new look. It is very possible to combine new doors and drawer fronts with refinishing cabinets for a totally new design.

Replace the countertops: Countertops can really change a kitchen. Granite countertops is an investment that will not be wasted. If you can't afford granite slab, consider granite tiles for your countertop instead. Instead of replacing the sink, consider changing the faucet for an updated look.

Flooring should be the last step: The most common mistake homeowners make in the planning process is prematurely replacing flooring. Resist the urge to replace flooring until the other renovations are complete.

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