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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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Inexpensive Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 17, 2012

It is hard to commit to kitchen remodeling if you are afraid that after a few years you may not love  the changes anymore.  Significant kitchen renovations – like cabinets and countertops, flooring and fixtures – require you to live with them for a long time.

With even minor kitchen renovations costing taking a bite out of your wallet, you may be hesitant to spend 10’s of 1000’s on a kitchen redesign. The good news is you don’t need a complete renovation in order to update your kitchen.
Here are some easy, cost-effective projects that can give the kitchen a whole new look:

Backsplashes can be both practical and beautiful, and they can really change the look and style of your kitchen.

Replacing cabinetry can be cost-prohibitive. Plus it’s an expensive tough job to tackle. Fortunately, there are easier ways to update the look of your cabinets. Switching out dated hardware with something new and eye-catching is a great start. Wooden cabinets can be repainted or stained. Outdated trim can be removed. Or, if you love the open-faced look that’s in vogue in many upscale kitchens, simply remove cabinet doors altogether and have your cabinets refaced.

When it comes to window treatments, most people have two objectives: to create a great look and protect their privacy. The kitchen, however, is one room where privacy is usually less of a concern. That means you can lighten up on window treatments, open your design options and create a light-filled look.

For more information on refacing and refinishing kitchen cabinets, contact Cabinetry by Kenneth C. Lewis.

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Affordable Kitchen Remodeling

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 11, 2012

Kitchen remodeling takes up a lot of money and time. However, it is possible to affordably remodel the kitchen. Remodeling your kitchen is not about paint and new faucets. Kitchen remodeling means changing the appearance and feel of kitchen. Want an economical renovation?

First, find out what you can spend and allocate that amount of money to your kitchen remodeling project. What do you want from your kitchen? What are you trying to achieve? Once you complete this, you know what you are after. Rather than replacing the cabinets, you can affordably refinish or reface the cabinets. This completely changes the look and feel of your kitchen with a much smaller price tag. Add granite countertops for an even more dramatic effect.

Refinishing or refacing kitchen cabinets in the best color or wood to achieve the feel you are looking for is a much faster and more economical path to your dream kitchen.
 
For more information on an affordable kitchen remodel, contact Cabinetry by Kenneth C. Lewis.


Kitchen Remodeling on a Budget

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Kitchen and bathroom renovations top the list of improvements for increasing the value of a home. But this labor-intensive remodeling can get expensive.

Budget-minded homeowners are finding cheaper solutions in the $10,000 to $20,000 range by making do with existing appliances and fixtures, refinishing kitchen cabinets and shopping for bargains.

The cheapest and easiest part of a kitchen overhaul  is changing the countertops.

To reduce costs, you can replace the kitchen cabinet doors with more contemporary designs in a white oak veneer. It is far less expensive to refinish or reface old cabinets.

If the cabinets are in good shape except for their hinges and faded color reface or refinsih. Buying all new cabinets costs three times as much as buying new doors.

For refacing or refinishing kitchen cabinets contact Cabinetry by Kenneth C. Lewis.

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