It is official, I survived my first kitchen renovation. So I took some time to reflect on my successes and failures in the last few months. In some ways, I feel like the whole renovation happened in a blink of an eye, and in other ways, I remember the task as a grueling process. Interesting how construction work can be sometimes.
On my adventure, I learned a lot of lessons and at the very end, I got the kitchen I was looking for. So that you can learn from my experience, here is an article about the things I wish I knew before starting my first kitchen renovation.
10 Things Nobody Tells You When Remodeling Your Kitchen
1. Kitchen Renovation is Really Expensive
The Remodeling magazine estimates the national average cost of remodeling a full, midrange kitchen at $66,000. The average “upscale” kitchen renovation from the same source stands at around $131,000. The magazine also reports that undertaking a full-on kitchen remodel does not necessarily boost resale value. On average, home sellers recoup about 60% of remodeling costs.
According to reports by HomeAdvisor, the largest costs of kitchen remodeling goes toward hardware and cabinetry (this portion is about 29%). About 17% of the costs go into the installation of components. Appliances and ventilators take about 14% of the renovation costs.
My advice when it comes to kitchen remodeling is to work smarter as opposed to working harder. To make the biggest impact for the least cost, avoid relocating major hook-ups.
2. Consider Your Guests
Who would you like to invite to your epic dinner parties? Here are some of the questions that you need to be asking yourself:
- Are you the type to host elaborate dinners for eight or more at the weekends?
- Do you use your kitchen to feed a small family in the evenings?
- Do you want a kitchen for solo dining
- Do you bake, cook, or both?
Your cooking needs will guide your decisions in the remodeling process. The number of ovens you need will dictate the design of your kitchen and ultimately have an impact on our budget.
3. Opt for a Wall-Mounted Faucet
When it comes to making the final decision, you may be inclined to choose the standard-deck faucet over a wall-mounted equivalent. Wall-mounted faucets offer some major advantages over the standard-deck faucet. For example, it is easier to keep the area around the faucet clean and dry when you are working with a wall-mounted alternative.
4. Counter top Choices are One Part Aesthetics and Two Parts Practicality
Before choosing a counter top, imagine your future self cooking in the kitchen. What materials are you considering for your counter top? How much effort in terms of cost and maintenance will these materials require? Are you okay with your choice? Sometimes you may have to compromise on aesthetics to gain more in practicality. Excellent choices for your counter tops are materials like soapstone and marble. For those on a tight budget, you may find these materials costly.
5. The Boring Details about Your Kitchen Could Make or Break Your Project
In a kitchen renovation project, it easy to be distracted by the big picture and forget to pay attention to small things like tilting and ventilation. Nobody wants an immaculate kitchen that fills up with smoke and steam every time they cook.
6. Can Hack Your Ikea Kitchen Cabinets
When it comes to kitchen cabinets, there are a lot of styles available. When it comes to hardware, there are only six types of cabinets that deserve your attention. There is a slew of companies that are offering affordability by hacking Ikea cabinets.
7. Double-Bowl Sinks or Single-Bowl Sinks
Sure, single-bowl sinks fit perfectly in tiny places but double-bowl alternatives can divide and conquer dirty dishes, fruits, and vegetables. With double-bowl sinks, you can wash different items separately and still enjoy access to the disposal.
8. Pre-Owned Appliances Offer Great Opportunities for Discounts
Kitchen appliances are like cars: as soon as they fly out of the showroom, they depreciate. Fortunately for you, you can score slightly used kitchen appliances at a fraction of the price. Many homeowners and designers use this tactic to save on costs.
Before you can start shopping around for used fridges there are factors you need to consider. how often do you rush to the grocery store? Are you the type of person to cook and freeze meals in bulk? What is the size of your kitchen? The answers to these questions will guide your decision on the kind of fridge to buy. use this system for other kitchen appliances.
9. Double-Check Everything When it Arrives
On any work site, packages tend to pile up. Most of these packages are not opened until they are needed. It would be wise to check your packages and ensure that the supplier got your order right. Check for color, dimensions, and finish. You do not want unpleasant surprises in the middle of a project.
10. Get Professional Help
I cannot stress this enough: seek professional help. A kitchen contractor will know the tricks you don’t. The biggest concern about hiring professionals for your kitchen remodeling project is cost. You want to know how these contractors charge their clients. You do not want kitchen contractors that charge hidden costs.
As for my build, help came to me through Home Fixology. This is a website that connects you to kitchen contractors near you. The website is fast and easy to use. All you need is your zip code. For your first kitchen remodeling, you need a service that will lead you to qualified professionals within your budget. Home Fixology has clear cost guides that will help you plan for your renovation.
Dare to Dream, Pursue Perfection
Kitchen remodeling should be a fun adventure. Without the right knowledge, the process can be a grueling task. With this list, I hope that I have enlightened you. With this knowledge, you can face your next remodeling project with confidence and focus on the right things.
I wish you all the best in your pursuit of perfection.