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Hiring the Right Kitchen Remodeling Designer

It is very important to determine a budget for any home improvement project, and kitchen remodeling is no exception.

A word of caution: I spent several hours researching kitchen remodeling cost and budgeting on the internet to gather data for this article. I ran into a couple websites that gave square footage pricing for kitchen remodeling. Although I commiserate with their attempt to find a simple method to figure out remodeling pricing, this type of advice is not based in reality. Remodeling jobs in general are so specific to the conditions of the building and tastes of the homeowner that no square footage pricing will ever be realistic. I also ran into many sites that did not give you any real information about establishing a budget but basically interpreted Hanley Wood's Remodeling Cost vs. Value report which is published each year. You are much better off visiting the Cost vs. Value report online and evaluating the results for yourself.

Like anything else in this world a kitchen remodel is going to cost more than you thought it would and the sky is the limit on what it can cost depending on your tastes. There are multiple factors that go into determining a remodeling budget.

There are several places online you can go to help you establish a basic budget number to start with. My personal recommendation is Remodeling Magazine's Cost vs. Value Report which is released by region and major city each year. The really nice thing about this report is that it gives a description of the "average" project so that you can gauge if your kitchen remodel is going to fall above or below the benchmark. I also find their average pricing to be an accurate reflection of the pricing for our company, so by recommending to clients before I even meet with them that they investigate this report they are more likely to establish a realistic budget we can work within to give them a fantastic kitchen.

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While Remodeling Magazine's report is very helpful, it is still a very one size fits all approach to establishing a budget. Keep reading if you'd like to try to hone your numbers a bit.

Get out a pad and paper and jot down a few notes about each factor as you go through this list:

Factor 1 Home Value- Consider not only what you think your home is worth, but also the value of similar homes in your neighborhood that already have updates. My favorite website to check home values is zillow.com, simply enter your address and you get an interactive map with home values and other information listed right on the map. Take note of which homes are of similar size to yours, have been purchased more recently, but have a higher value, then peek in their windows to see what the house looks like. Ok, seriously, I was only kidding. If you don't know them perhaps it's time to meet the neighbors and ask for a quick tour.

Factor 2 Wow! - This has everything to do with your goals and motivations. Write down each motivational factor which is important to you in a kitchen remodel. Here are some possible examples: Kitchen is falling apart. You love to cook and the layout doesn't suit you. You love to entertain and want to open up the kitchen as a place to gather. You want a kitchen that wows your guests. You are getting ready to sell your home and the kitchen is a sticking point with buyers... Now that you have your list, evaluate which motivations are most important and relist them in motivational order. Imagining your budget starting in "the middle" take note of which factors might move the budget up or down...i.e. wanting to remodel to encourage a sale might move the budget down, remodeling to wow guest might max it out...etc.

Factor 3 Did someone say AGA? - List any "must haves" for a kitchen remodel to be worth it to you. Possible examples: granite counters, an island with an extra sink, a second dishwasher, a commercial quality gas range, etc.

Factor 4 Longevity- Determine to the best of your ability the length of time you plan on owning the home.

Factor 5 Size Matters- Determine what percentage of your home your kitchen encompasses. A sampling of over 100 modern home floorplans of 1000 to 3000 square foot homes revealed the average kitchen square footage to be 7% of the home's square footage. If your kitchen is larger or smaller than this average you may need to increase or decrease your budget accordingly.

Factor 6 Layout- if you already know you're going to want the sink moved, an island sink added, an interior wall moved and an exterior door added, then you need to add money to your budget well beyond what a basic facelift would cost.

Tricky layout: the decorative column conceals a sound wrapped drain pipe

Factor 7 Funding- Determine the maximum amount of money you could afford to spend. If you are financing your project you can calculate what a lender will likely lend you. Lenders want to see a debt to income ratio(DTI) of.36 or less. Your DTI is established by taking all your monthly debt obligations (credit card payments, auto loans, mortgage, etc.) and dividing by your monthly income. To determine your maximum safe monthly debt multiply.36 times your monthly income. Now subtract your existing monthly debt from this number and you have a monthly budget maximum. Here's a link to a calculator that will do the math for you: mortgage calculator

Putting it All Together

The key to determining your budget is finding the percentage of your home's value you should use as a budget guideline. While researching this article I ran across recommendations to use percentages ranging from 10% to 25% of home value. For a kitchen remodel of any substance that includes new flooring, appliances, cabinets, sink/faucet, lighting and bringing electric up to code I find anything less than 15% to be a very dubious number. I suppose on a million dollar house 10% would be a workable budget, but on a 200k house a 20k budget is marginal at best for a full blown kitchen remodel.

If resale value is important to you it is wise to keept the cost of your kitchen renovation project within 20% of the current value of your home. Staying within this range insures that a majority of the new kitchen's cost is recouped in increased home value immediately, and the remaining cost should be recouped within 5 years as your home appreciates.

Ok, let's run through an example. Keep in mind, there is no exact formula here. We are simply doing our best to be as informed as possible and make a wise decision about how much to spend on our kitchen remodel.

For our example let's use my house. It's a 50's cape cod with a modest square footage of 1500.

Factor 1 value: Zillow gives me an estimated value of $167,500, however, I notice zillow hasn't yet updated and accounted for the single family homes which were recently built in the field behind us with a starting price of $270k. Zillow also has our square footage listed at under 1200. Looks like the previous owner did a little remodeling without a permit. I'm going to base my budget on a price of 180k which is similar to other houses in the neighborhood that are the same size.

Factor 2 Goals: My wife and I love to entertain guests. To make a kitchen remodel worthwhile for us we need to lose an interior wall to open up the kitchen and dining nook to the living room. I'm going to add 1% to budget for this.

Factor 3 Must Haves: As a former chef two must haves for me are a new oven and a really nice propane range(no natural gas service here), preferably a commercial range modified for home use (real commercial ranges don't have insulation around the oven, critical for home safety). I'm going to add another 1% to my budget to make sure there is enough money to get me my range and propane installation.

Factor 4 Longevity: We plan to stay in our house a minimum of 4 years. As a rule of thumb it takes 5 years for most remodeling to appreciate and recoup all of its cost. Since we will likely be here at least 5 years I'm not going to penalize the budget, but since there is a good chance we'll move right around 5 years I'm not going to increase it like I would if we were staying much longer.

Factor 5 Size of Kitchen: Our kitchen is about 140SquareFeet(SF). That's over 9% of the SF of the house, 2% above average. Obviously this kitchen is going to require some extra material and cabinets. I'm going to up the budget 1% for this, I hope it's enough.

Factor 6 Layout: We are going to change the layout of our kitchen pretty extensively. We currently have a cooktop peninsula. The range is going to go on a differnet wall and the dishwasher will move to the peninsula, though we might ditch the peninsula, move the fridge and add an island instead. About the only thing that won't move is the sink. I'm going to add another 1% to my budget, again hoping $1800 (1% of our 180k value) is enough to cover the electrical and plumbing changes.

For my base I'm going to use 20%. As I mentioned before, there are going to be people who will argue with me on that, but going lower often doesn't leave you with workable budget numbers for full blown kitchen remodels. I'm adding 4% based on my factors listed above. I adjusted my zillow.com estimated home value to 180k based on the comparable square footage and value of other homes around me. This gives me a working budget of 24% x 180k= $43,200 When I compare this to the Cost Vs. Value report I see that in the Middle Atlantic Region a Major Kitchen Renovation is $59, 098. It looks like my budget could be bit low, especially since I really would like granite countertops and the Cost Vs. Value specs call for laminate tops. On the other hand my kitchen is significantly smaller than their 200SF benchmark, so I think I'll go with my budget number and see what my contractor can do for me in that budget.



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Kitchen Remodeling - Adding Value to Your Home Real Estate Value

Starting a new business is always a risky venture. Any marketing professional knows that it is crucial to evaluate the market in order to determine the viability and demand for a small business opportunity. Unless consumers are demanding the services of a particular business, there will be little chance that a business can remain profitable. One business venture with consistently rising consumer demands is a kitchen remodeling business.

Potential customers are actively seeking the services of kitchen remodeling businesses for projects ranging from simple kitchen cabinet refacing to full-scale kitchen gutting and rebuilding. Now is the time for interior designers, contractors, and carpenters to consider branching out on their own and cultivating a successful and profitable business. Why, though, is the demand for a high quality remodeling business on the rise? Here are a few contributing factors.

Return to the Kitchen

First, the nation's population as a whole is experiencing a return to the kitchen. An unpredictable economy and a desire for more quality family experiences is driving families out of the restaurants and fast food chains and back into the kitchen. Even concerns like obesity, diabetes, and food allergies are urging consumers to stop eating out and start eating in. As families start spending more time in the kitchen, they also start noticing design flaws and issues with their kitchens. This increased exposure to the kitchen boosts the value of a high quality remodeling business.

The DIY Slump

The past ten years saw a huge do-it-yourself boon throughout the country, but that boon is starting to wane. Consumers are increasingly busy with work and social demands, and their willingness to devote countless hours and excessive energy to an elaborate kitchen remodeling project is dissipating. More and more consumers are considering a kitchen remodeling business as a cost-effective way to revamp a kitchen.

The Struggling Housing Market

In the past, real estate was in such high demand that consumers often hesitated to invest in elaborate remodeling projects because it was simpler to consider putting their property on the market and moving to a more ideal house. Now, that trend is shifting. Consumers are nestling in to their homes and choosing remodel jobs over real estate agents. This is a big deal for the owner of a kitchen remodeling business. Customers are scouring the web for the best business owners to turn their imperfect house into the home of their dreams.

Social Networking and Home Improvement Television

Perhaps the biggest reason for the increased demand for a kitchen remodeling business is the developments in social networking and home improvement television. Social image-sharing networks allow customers to browse thousands of pictures of newly remodeled kitchens. They can see the latest design trends right before their eyes, and this prompts them to start dreaming of changes to their own kitchens. Home improvement television networks continue to increase in popularity, and consumers can see just how valuable a high quality kitchen remodeling business can be.

Now is the perfect time for talented professionals to leave the traditional workplace and invest in a kitchen remodeling business franchise. The consumer population wants to remodel, and for a reputable kitchen remodeling business, the world is an oyster waiting to be opened.

 

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Hiring the Right Kitchen Remodeling Designer

It is very important to determine a budget for any home improvement project, and kitchen remodeling is no exception.

A word of caution: I spent several hours researching kitchen remodeling cost and budgeting on the internet to gather data for this article. I ran into a couple websites that gave square footage pricing for kitchen remodeling. Although I commiserate with their attempt to find a simple method to figure out remodeling pricing, this type of advice is not based in reality. Remodeling jobs in general are so specific to the conditions of the building and tastes of the homeowner that no square footage pricing will ever be realistic. I also ran into many sites that did not give you any real information about establishing a budget but basically interpreted Hanley Wood's Remodeling Cost vs. Value report which is published each year. You are much better off visiting the Cost vs. Value report online and evaluating the results for yourself.

Like anything else in this world a kitchen remodel is going to cost more than you thought it would and the sky is the limit on what it can cost depending on your tastes. There are multiple factors that go into determining a remodeling budget.

There are several places online you can go to help you establish a basic budget number to start with. My personal recommendation is Remodeling Magazine's Cost vs. Value Report which is released by region and major city each year. The really nice thing about this report is that it gives a description of the "average" project so that you can gauge if your kitchen remodel is going to fall above or below the benchmark. I also find their average pricing to be an accurate reflection of the pricing for our company, so by recommending to clients before I even meet with them that they investigate this report they are more likely to establish a realistic budget we can work within to give them a fantastic kitchen.

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While Remodeling Magazine's report is very helpful, it is still a very one size fits all approach to establishing a budget. Keep reading if you'd like to try to hone your numbers a bit.

Get out a pad and paper and jot down a few notes about each factor as you go through this list:

Factor 1 Home Value- Consider not only what you think your home is worth, but also the value of similar homes in your neighborhood that already have updates. My favorite website to check home values is zillow.com, simply enter your address and you get an interactive map with home values and other information listed right on the map. Take note of which homes are of similar size to yours, have been purchased more recently, but have a higher value, then peek in their windows to see what the house looks like. Ok, seriously, I was only kidding. If you don't know them perhaps it's time to meet the neighbors and ask for a quick tour.

Factor 2 Wow! - This has everything to do with your goals and motivations. Write down each motivational factor which is important to you in a kitchen remodel. Here are some possible examples: Kitchen is falling apart. You love to cook and the layout doesn't suit you. You love to entertain and want to open up the kitchen as a place to gather. You want a kitchen that wows your guests. You are getting ready to sell your home and the kitchen is a sticking point with buyers... Now that you have your list, evaluate which motivations are most important and relist them in motivational order. Imagining your budget starting in "the middle" take note of which factors might move the budget up or down...i.e. wanting to remodel to encourage a sale might move the budget down, remodeling to wow guest might max it out...etc.

Factor 3 Did someone say AGA? - List any "must haves" for a kitchen remodel to be worth it to you. Possible examples: granite counters, an island with an extra sink, a second dishwasher, a commercial quality gas range, etc.

Factor 4 Longevity- Determine to the best of your ability the length of time you plan on owning the home.

Factor 5 Size Matters- Determine what percentage of your home your kitchen encompasses. A sampling of over 100 modern home floorplans of 1000 to 3000 square foot homes revealed the average kitchen square footage to be 7% of the home's square footage. If your kitchen is larger or smaller than this average you may need to increase or decrease your budget accordingly.

Factor 6 Layout- if you already know you're going to want the sink moved, an island sink added, an interior wall moved and an exterior door added, then you need to add money to your budget well beyond what a basic facelift would cost.

Tricky layout: the decorative column conceals a sound wrapped drain pipe

Factor 7 Funding- Determine the maximum amount of money you could afford to spend. If you are financing your project you can calculate what a lender will likely lend you. Lenders want to see a debt to income ratio(DTI) of.36 or less. Your DTI is established by taking all your monthly debt obligations (credit card payments, auto loans, mortgage, etc.) and dividing by your monthly income. To determine your maximum safe monthly debt multiply.36 times your monthly income. Now subtract your existing monthly debt from this number and you have a monthly budget maximum. Here's a link to a calculator that will do the math for you: mortgage calculator

Putting it All Together

The key to determining your budget is finding the percentage of your home's value you should use as a budget guideline. While researching this article I ran across recommendations to use percentages ranging from 10% to 25% of home value. For a kitchen remodel of any substance that includes new flooring, appliances, cabinets, sink/faucet, lighting and bringing electric up to code I find anything less than 15% to be a very dubious number. I suppose on a million dollar house 10% would be a workable budget, but on a 200k house a 20k budget is marginal at best for a full blown kitchen remodel.

If resale value is important to you it is wise to keept the cost of your kitchen renovation project within 20% of the current value of your home. Staying within this range insures that a majority of the new kitchen's cost is recouped in increased home value immediately, and the remaining cost should be recouped within 5 years as your home appreciates.

Ok, let's run through an example. Keep in mind, there is no exact formula here. We are simply doing our best to be as informed as possible and make a wise decision about how much to spend on our kitchen remodel.

For our example let's use my house. It's a 50's cape cod with a modest square footage of 1500.

Factor 1 value: Zillow gives me an estimated value of $167,500, however, I notice zillow hasn't yet updated and accounted for the single family homes which were recently built in the field behind us with a starting price of $270k. Zillow also has our square footage listed at under 1200. Looks like the previous owner did a little remodeling without a permit. I'm going to base my budget on a price of 180k which is similar to other houses in the neighborhood that are the same size.

Factor 2 Goals: My wife and I love to entertain guests. To make a kitchen remodel worthwhile for us we need to lose an interior wall to open up the kitchen and dining nook to the living room. I'm going to add 1% to budget for this.

Factor 3 Must Haves: As a former chef two must haves for me are a new oven and a really nice propane range(no natural gas service here), preferably a commercial range modified for home use (real commercial ranges don't have insulation around the oven, critical for home safety). I'm going to add another 1% to my budget to make sure there is enough money to get me my range and propane installation.

Factor 4 Longevity: We plan to stay in our house a minimum of 4 years. As a rule of thumb it takes 5 years for most remodeling to appreciate and recoup all of its cost. Since we will likely be here at least 5 years I'm not going to penalize the budget, but since there is a good chance we'll move right around 5 years I'm not going to increase it like I would if we were staying much longer.

Factor 5 Size of Kitchen: Our kitchen is about 140SquareFeet(SF). That's over 9% of the SF of the house, 2% above average. Obviously this kitchen is going to require some extra material and cabinets. I'm going to up the budget 1% for this, I hope it's enough.

Factor 6 Layout: We are going to change the layout of our kitchen pretty extensively. We currently have a cooktop peninsula. The range is going to go on a differnet wall and the dishwasher will move to the peninsula, though we might ditch the peninsula, move the fridge and add an island instead. About the only thing that won't move is the sink. I'm going to add another 1% to my budget, again hoping $1800 (1% of our 180k value) is enough to cover the electrical and plumbing changes.

For my base I'm going to use 20%. As I mentioned before, there are going to be people who will argue with me on that, but going lower often doesn't leave you with workable budget numbers for full blown kitchen remodels. I'm adding 4% based on my factors listed above. I adjusted my zillow.com estimated home value to 180k based on the comparable square footage and value of other homes around me. This gives me a working budget of 24% x 180k= $43,200 When I compare this to the Cost Vs. Value report I see that in the Middle Atlantic Region a Major Kitchen Renovation is $59, 098. It looks like my budget could be bit low, especially since I really would like granite countertops and the Cost Vs. Value specs call for laminate tops. On the other hand my kitchen is significantly smaller than their 200SF benchmark, so I think I'll go with my budget number and see what my contractor can do for me in that budget.



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Determining a Kitchen Remodeling Budget

Remodeling your kitchen is a big decision in which you could probably use some sound advice. Questions that you need to have answered include:

How much will a kitchen remodeling job cost?

Will I be able to recoup my expenditures if I sell my house?

Can I change the layout of my kitchen?

The answers to these questions will help you to decide, first, if you should remodel your kitchen, and second, how you should remodel your kitchen. A kitchen design center will have experts on hand to answer any of your specific questions. It's worth your time to consult a specialist early in the decision making process of remodeling your kitchen. But, here are some generic answers to the above questions.

The cost of a kitchen remodeling job can vary widely, depending on the extent of the remodel. For the average $250,000 American home a complete kitchen remodel will range from $20-30,000 for a complete remodel with all new appliances. You can easily spend over $100,000 if you let your kitchen remodel get out of hand, or if you desire a gourmet kitchen. You can reduce the cost of your kitchen remodeling job by doing some of the work yourself, but if you are spending this kind of money, you want the total product to look professional, and unless you are an expert, it is usually best left to the professionals.

The general consensus is that you will recoup around 90% of the money spent on a kitchen remodel. While this may be a significant factor if you are planning to sell your house in the near future, it should also factor any time you decide to remodel your kitchen. Kitchen remodeling will also give you a great return in the satisfaction and pleasure that you will get from living with a new kitchen. This should be the main factor in deciding on whether not to remodel your kitchen.

Any kitchen layout can be changed, the question is: How much will you spend to make the changes? You should consider changing the layout of your kitchen if your house is more than 20 to 30 years old because kitchen functions and prominence have changed over time; or if, after living in your house for a while, you find the layout needs to be improved.

This is were an expert kitchen designer can help you with your decisions. A good designer will walk you through the kitchen remodel process, take your ideas and give them shape, and present you options that you may have never considered. The designer can give you a 3 dimensional view of any design ideas, change the cabinets, countertops, and other details with the click of a button; helping you to visualize exactly what your new kitchen will look like. It is much easier to change any items in your kitchen in a computer than it is in your final kitchen.

A kitchen designer will be familiar with all the newest trends in kitchen designs, know the latest options in green materials, and be up to date with new products for the kitchen. Their knowledge will save you a lot of legwork or computer searching, if decide to remodel your kitchen. If you begin your kitchen remodeling project by consulting with a kitchen designer, I think you'll be surprised with the insight they will give your whole kitchen project.



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Kitchen Remodeling Benefits

Since the kitchen is a high traffic area on a regular basis, creating a functional layout is key when planning your kitchen remodeling ideas. When creating your kitchen remodeling ideas you should think about the available space you have and then get creative.

Using Kitchen Remodeling Software

Most of the kitchen remodeling software is very user-friendly; the steps are as easy as 1-2-3 or A-B-C. A typical or conventional kitchen remodeling, if patterned in the past decades should have the "triangular" basics, wherein the sink, refrigerator, and stove are on triangle angles with a big space in the kitchen center, so that it would be easier for the mother or the woman of the house to move around.

Making a great small kitchen remodeling design points you to the many different cabinet designs and surface patterns providing your small kitchen a superb sense of space. Whether you design the kitchen yourself, work with a kitchen remodeling contractor or home center, formulating a plan will be the first step. Another pro to remodeling your kitchen is the fact that you will, essentially, be getting a new kitchen.

Any remodeling idea for a small kitchen must address the following issues: counter space, storage, built-ins, and pantry. When planning on a kitchen remodeling project, the budget is the first thing to consider. Whether you've got a big budget or a small one for your kitchen remodeling project, it's wise to try to make sure your spending doesn't spiral out of control as the process continues.

Don't worry if it will take time for you to create and sketch out your plan or model, great and perfect kitchen remodeling ideas have to be developed, because it has to be perfect and valuable to you and your family. Also ensure that your kitchen remodeling ideas are not that far-out or far-fetched, align it in your family's lifestyle and daily activities; this would give you a brighter plan on your kitchen design and style. The interactive kitchen design remodeling design plans distinctively are real-life award winners, and with its innovative process, the entire plan is certain to please with its client-driven method.

After all the information is collected you can begin to put all the pieces together, and figure out how you can balance your kitchen remodeling project desires with you budget restraints. Once you've finally decided on the general picture of your remodeled kitchen, then find the best yet affordable kitchen remodeling services in your area.

Though remodeling a kitchen can be a huge disruption to the homeowner, the finished product will quickly erase the brief inconvenience. If you have a large kitchen remodeling project you will need to set up a temporary kitchen a different part of the house. One of the many other pros to kitchen remodeling is one that you might not necessarily have thought of before.

 

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A Close Look At Kitchen Remodeling

The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the home. It is here that meals are usually cooked and eaten and families gather to talk and share a snack. For that reason most people want a functional and cozily attractive kitchen but worry that the expense of remodeling may be more than their pocketbook can bear. In making that decision on whether or not to take on that kitchen remodeling it helps to consider some of the benefits.

Kitchen Remodeling Doesn't All Have To Be Done At Once
One of the benefits of remodeling your kitchen is that unlike many other rooms in your home, that kitchen remodeling doesn't have to be done all at once. You can remodel that kitchen as your time and finances allow. For example, changing your faucets and light fixtures are both projects that are relatively inexpensive and can easily be accomplished in a day or a week-end off as can painting your kitchen walls and cabinets and changing that cabinet hardware.

Often There Are Less Expensive Ways Of Making Necessary Changes
When remodeling a kitchen there are often less expensive ways of getting the same results that you want. For example, if you want to change to a granite counter top you can get a counter top installed right over your old one rather than paying the expense of having your old counter top removed and disposed off. In other instances you can actually sand and paint an old counter top saving you from having to replace the counter top at all.

Remodeling Your Kitchen Can Make It More Functional
Chances are if you purchased a home that was already built you are living with another person's idea of what makes a kitchen functional. What may have been functional for them may be less so for you. Remodeling gives you the opportunity to make your kitchen functional for you.

Remodeling Your Kitchen Can Increase the Value Of Your Home
Remodeling your kitchen can not only add to your own enjoyment but, often increases the value of your home should you decide to sell it. Attractive and functional kitchens will often make a home seem more friendly and inviting and encourage buyers to pay the asking price. You don't need a gourmet kitchen all you really need is a kitchen that looks smart, is user-friendly and inviting. If remodeling your kitchen accomplishes that then it may add to the price of your home considerably.

A Beautiful Kitchen Makes The Time Spent In It More Enjoyable
The biggest advantage of remodeling your kitchen is simply the fact that having a kitchen that is beautiful and appealing to you makes the time you have to spend there preparing meals and cleaning up more enjoyable. No one wants to spend time in a dark, boring kitchen that is barely functional but, many people actually find themselves enjoying cooking if they can spend time in a bright cheery kitchen that meets all their cooking needs.

Now that you know some of the benefits of remodeling that kitchen only you can make the decision whether or not the effort of remodeling is worth it.

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Kitchen remodeling is among the most popular of remodeling projects each year, as kitchens have become the center of activity in the home. Kitchen remodeling is the home improvement job that adds the most value to your house. Because kitchens have become the center of activity in the home, kitchen redesigning is among the most popular of remodeling projects each year.

A kitchen remake is one of the most desirable home improvement projects for many Houston area homeowners. A Kitchen remodeling is one of the best investments you can make when it comes to home improvement and often adds more than the cost of the project to the value of the home. Specifically, a kitchen remodel provides the highest return on value of any form of remodeling. Kitchen remodeling is a lot of work, but the results can be spectacular.

Remodeling Projects

Remodeling your kitchen can be a very large job, and there are many important aspects to take into consideration when remodeling. By remodeling your kitchen you can add value to your home, and at the same time save money with energy efficient kitchen appliances, or by replacing your drafty kitchen windows. Redesigning your kitchen can be expensive, especially if you hire a contractor to the work, but a new kitchen can greatly increase home value. Remodeling costs will vary depending on the number of new appliances (and their price level), and price quality of cabinets, type of counter tops, and labor to do the job. Remodeling any room of your home takes a lot of creativity and commitment.

Remodeling your kitchen can not only add to your home's value, it can give you additional storage and work space. Remodeling your kitchen is no small task and there are many important considerations, but the end result is worth the commitment especially if you make wise choices along the way. Remodeling your kitchen is a great way to give your home a face lift.

Real Estate Value Enhancements

A real estate agent can be a good resource when considering how extensive a kitchen remodeling project to undertake. Even if you are not considering moving, but rather want to remodel for your own satisfaction, Real Estate Agents are usually quite aware of how much previous clients have spent on remodeling and how much the value of the home increased as a result, and how much would be too much. In the past, "home remodeling" simply meant repair jobs, but modern trends and increased home improvement options have fueled a demand for homes that are customized to individual needs.

Contractors

Contractors usually charge by the hour for their labor plus the cost of materials. Contractors that understand the business know that fulfilling the needs of the customer is what gets the deal. Contractors can eat up a large portion of your budget. Contractors that specialize in kitchen remodeling are far more experienced in working with the kinds of plumbing, gas, and the electrical issues that can arise during a kitchen remodel.

Appliances

Appliances are expected to blend in with the rest of the room and to work diligently but quietly. By remodeling your kitchen you can add value to your home, and at the same time save money with energy efficient kitchen appliances, or by replacing your drafty kitchen windows. Appliances usually come in fairly standard sizes, so they won't be difficult to replace once your kitchen remodeling is done and you've had time to save up some more money. Appliances can be one of the most costly items to replace in a kitchen so it is a good idea to look carefully at what features are of greatest importance to you. Appliances today are sleek, flexible, and offer more convenience than ever before.

Budget

You will want to make sure you are choosing the right kitchen remodel for your home and your budget. Depending on your needs, your wants, and your budget, the costs can vary widely. Budget kitchen remodeling is a challenging task that requires you to have a creative bent of mind and come up with your own innovative ideas that also suit your pocket. A kitchen planner/designer's focus should be to design for the way a person lives, and asking the right questions will ensure your finished kitchen fits you and your budget. Whatever your budget, there is a large variety of cabinets and counter tops available that will fit your taste and budget.

Conclusion

Kitchen remodeling is worth your expense, provided your kitchen is in hands of experienced kitchen contractors. Kitchen remodeling is a great way to help transform your house into your dream home. Kitchen remodeling is limited only by imagination and your budget. Kitchen remodeling is one of the best investments you can make in your home.

 

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Remodeling your kitchen is a big decision in which you could probably use some sound advice. Questions that you need to have answered include:

How much will a kitchen remodeling job cost?

Will I be able to recoup my expenditures if I sell my house?

Can I change the layout of my kitchen?

The answers to these questions will help you to decide, first, if you should remodel your kitchen, and second, how you should remodel your kitchen. A kitchen design center will have experts on hand to answer any of your specific questions. It's worth your time to consult a specialist early in the decision making process of remodeling your kitchen. But, here are some generic answers to the above questions.

The cost of a kitchen remodeling job can vary widely, depending on the extent of the remodel. For the average $250,000 American home a complete kitchen remodel will range from $20-30,000 for a complete remodel with all new appliances. You can easily spend over $100,000 if you let your kitchen remodel get out of hand, or if you desire a gourmet kitchen. You can reduce the cost of your kitchen remodeling job by doing some of the work yourself, but if you are spending this kind of money, you want the total product to look professional, and unless you are an expert, it is usually best left to the professionals.

The general consensus is that you will recoup around 90% of the money spent on a kitchen remodel. While this may be a significant factor if you are planning to sell your house in the near future, it should also factor any time you decide to remodel your kitchen. Kitchen remodeling will also give you a great return in the satisfaction and pleasure that you will get from living with a new kitchen. This should be the main factor in deciding on whether not to remodel your kitchen.

Any kitchen layout can be changed, the question is: How much will you spend to make the changes? You should consider changing the layout of your kitchen if your house is more than 20 to 30 years old because kitchen functions and prominence have changed over time; or if, after living in your house for a while, you find the layout needs to be improved.

This is were an expert kitchen designer can help you with your decisions. A good designer will walk you through the kitchen remodel process, take your ideas and give them shape, and present you options that you may have never considered. The designer can give you a 3 dimensional view of any design ideas, change the cabinets, countertops, and other details with the click of a button; helping you to visualize exactly what your new kitchen will look like. It is much easier to change any items in your kitchen in a computer than it is in your final kitchen.

A kitchen designer will be familiar with all the newest trends in kitchen designs, know the latest options in green materials, and be up to date with new products for the kitchen. Their knowledge will save you a lot of legwork or computer searching, if decide to remodel your kitchen. If you begin your kitchen remodeling project by consulting with a kitchen designer, I think you'll be surprised with the insight they will give your whole kitchen project.



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Kitchen Remodeling - Adding Value to Your Home Real Estate Value

The kitchen is perhaps the most important place in the house. Remodeling a kitchen with the latest amenities, within a limited budget requires the skills, expertise and experience of a good kitchen remodeling designer.

The market is swarming with an array of kitchen designers who may bring authentic kitchen designs to the table. However, the kitchen designer who keeps in mind your needs, lifestyle, and budget as well as providing genuine solutions is what you should be looking for.
Before hiring a kitchen remodeling designer to give a face lift to your kitchen, it would be advisable to keep the following in mind:

Find a Licensed Kitchen Remodeling Designer
It is imperative you see the credentials of a kitchen designer before hiring them to redo your kitchen. A certified kitchen remodeling designer, unlike an interior decorator, should have passed some tests conducted by an organization such as the NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association). With a qualification like this under their belt, the designer is abreast with the latest technologies, trends and accessories needed to revamp your kitchen. You can search online for reputed designing companies or individual contractors. The kitchen designer, if asked, should be able to give you reliable references of previously completed projects.

Estimate How Much Time it Will Take to Remodel the Kitchen
Kitchen remodeling takes time and effort, as meticulous details need to be taken care of. Before the project begins, you should discuss the time frame with your contractor that it will take to give your kitchen the appearance it needs. An efficient kitchen remodeler will coordinate with the other contractors necessary to complete the project- including an electrician or appliance company- well in advance. This will allow them to stay on schedule and finish the project in a timely fashion.

Discuss all Financial Details of the Remodeling
People often refrain from remodeling their kitchen due to the fear of unbearable costs. However, hiring a professional kitchen remodeling designer can really give you your money's worth, returning on your investment when you go to sell your home. A skilled kitchen designer will suggest excellent ideas, resources, and amenities, all within your budget and leave the final decision to you. By analyzing your family's cooking style, frequency in socializing, space and lighting effects in the kitchen, a good designer will create a suitable plan based on your budget.

Look into Technical Design Details
A qualified kitchen remodeler will lay emphasis on good lighting effects and ventilation in the kitchen. He will look into the plumbing, storage capacity, appliances, sanitation, cabinetry and electrical details with perfection, leaving no room for any pitfalls later. Keeping your ideas and needs in mind, a concerned kitchen remodeling contractor will offer expert suggestions for your benefit. He will ensure your kitchen will be properly functional before beginning the project.

Define Your Own Needs
The kitchen is yours and you must discuss your thoughts, requirements, and needs with an open mind. Share your thoughts repeatedly and make sure that the remodeler is going to deliver what you desire. The kind of color scheme you need, the floorings you desire, and the relevant amenities, must be clearly outlined to the designer. A reputed kitchen remodeling designer knows how a kitchen functions and will suggest out-of-the-box ideas, keeping your interests and budget in mind.

Remodeling your kitchen can be a fun, informative, and exciting experience, provided you hire the right person or company for the job. With a little awareness, you can entrust your kitchen in the hands of a qualified kitchen remodeling designer and be rest assured you should have the kitchen you planned.

 

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Kitchen Remodeling - Adding Value to Your Home Real Estate Value

The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the home. It is here that meals are usually cooked and eaten and families gather to talk and share a snack. For that reason most people want a functional and cozily attractive kitchen but worry that the expense of remodeling may be more than their pocketbook can bear. In making that decision on whether or not to take on that kitchen remodeling it helps to consider some of the benefits.

Kitchen Remodeling Doesn't All Have To Be Done At Once
One of the benefits of remodeling your kitchen is that unlike many other rooms in your home, that kitchen remodeling doesn't have to be done all at once. You can remodel that kitchen as your time and finances allow. For example, changing your faucets and light fixtures are both projects that are relatively inexpensive and can easily be accomplished in a day or a week-end off as can painting your kitchen walls and cabinets and changing that cabinet hardware.

Often There Are Less Expensive Ways Of Making Necessary Changes
When remodeling a kitchen there are often less expensive ways of getting the same results that you want. For example, if you want to change to a granite counter top you can get a counter top installed right over your old one rather than paying the expense of having your old counter top removed and disposed off. In other instances you can actually sand and paint an old counter top saving you from having to replace the counter top at all.

Remodeling Your Kitchen Can Make It More Functional
Chances are if you purchased a home that was already built you are living with another person's idea of what makes a kitchen functional. What may have been functional for them may be less so for you. Remodeling gives you the opportunity to make your kitchen functional for you.

Remodeling Your Kitchen Can Increase the Value Of Your Home
Remodeling your kitchen can not only add to your own enjoyment but, often increases the value of your home should you decide to sell it. Attractive and functional kitchens will often make a home seem more friendly and inviting and encourage buyers to pay the asking price. You don't need a gourmet kitchen all you really need is a kitchen that looks smart, is user-friendly and inviting. If remodeling your kitchen accomplishes that then it may add to the price of your home considerably.

A Beautiful Kitchen Makes The Time Spent In It More Enjoyable
The biggest advantage of remodeling your kitchen is simply the fact that having a kitchen that is beautiful and appealing to you makes the time you have to spend there preparing meals and cleaning up more enjoyable. No one wants to spend time in a dark, boring kitchen that is barely functional but, many people actually find themselves enjoying cooking if they can spend time in a bright cheery kitchen that meets all their cooking needs.

Now that you know some of the benefits of remodeling that kitchen only you can make the decision whether or not the effort of remodeling is worth it.

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Kitchen Remodeling is the single most popular home renovation. Kitchens and Baths are often combined in a single project, but according to Michigan Contractors, kitchen remodeling is the most common request. Kitchen remodeling is certainly a very enticing project, but make sure you go about it with a mind to keeping the costs in check; the potential expense involved frightens some people before they even start. Kitchen remodeling costs are always likely to be an obstacle to getting the dream kitchen you have always wanted. Kitchen remodeling is the home improvement job that adds the most value to your house.

It can convert an old fashioned, dated kitchen into the showpiece of your home. The method of how to change the design will depend on your lifestyle and budget. Kitchen remodeling is the home improvement job that adds the most value to your house. In fact, you'll recover 80-90% of your kitchen remodeling costs in the added value to your house - more if you're handy enough to do the work yourself.

Kitchen remodeling is something that needs to be carefully planned using the size and configuration of the room. With this one room being the hub of the home, it needs to be designed with the triangle concept, which allows a person cooking to have easy access to the sink, refrigerator, and stove. It's one of the most common home improvement projects in the U.S. When asked which room in their house they would most like to remodel, Americans overwhelmingly chose the kitchen. Kitchen remodeling is one of the best investments when it comes to both everyday use and increase in resale value. In addition, you might be able to save on energy as well by choosing energy efficient kitchen appliances.

It is without a doubt one of the best investments you as a homeowner can make. For most homeowners, the kitchen is the most important room in the house. Kitchen remodeling is a good way for you to increase the value of your home and to put a new spin on your old living areas. It is much more than choosing a paint color and cabinet style. The kitchen is the heart and soul of any house, so it's important that your kitchen remodeling project results in a space that is functional, comfortable, and beautiful to take in all at the same time. Kitchen remodeling is one of the most intensive remodeling projects you can undertake in any house. The process involves important design decisions about cabinets, counter tops, lighting, appliances, layout, and finish treatments.

Whether your remodeling project will encompass a total tear-down and rebuild or a change of cabinetry, counter tops and major appliances, you will find yourself paying top dollar for remodeling this most important room in the house. Kitchen remodeling is also an investment in ongoing personal pleasure, increasing connectedness between all members of the family and easing the effort (while increasing the joy) of meal preparation. More homemade meals mean less fast food. Kitchen remodeling is a tricky job that requires taking into account existing architecture, plumbing and wiring, structural elements, and many other important aspects. For a project with so many considerations, it is crucial that you receive a kitchen remodeling professional who can care for all the things affected by the project, in accordance with your vision and budget. Kitchen remodeling is no small decision, so we're more than happy to answer any and all of your questions to help you feel comfortable with yours.

 

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Kitchen Remodeling - Grueling Undertaking Or Pleasant Experience?

Remodeling your kitchen can very well be either a massive, grueling undertaking, or a relatively pleasant experience, with just a minor disruption of your family's life for a short period of time. While everyone understands the advantages of remodeling their kitchen, a lot of people are hesitant to undertake a remodeling project as they quite simply fear the job will disrupt their home life routine for long period of time. But it does not have to get like this. By having well-thought out blueprint for your kitchen remodeling project, you can start your venture with confidence it should run smoothly. Take time ahead to familiarize yourself with every aspect of your kitchen remodeling job along with the process, and that will be an insurance of an easy, efficient flow of your project.

Important Steps In Kitchen Remodeling

The single and most important first step with a satisfying kitchen remodeling project is planning. This plan should take care of the general appearance of your kitchen, along with every aspect of the remodeling, like an appliances, cabinets, cabinet space, flooring, countertops, hardware and lighting. Take time to put your kitchen remodeling plan on paper, starting with itemizing everyone of these details and the rest you would like to update. Then quite possibly you want to buy all new dishware and flatware to go with your new kitchen. Let's look at each area you will need to take into consideration, little by little.

Start with thinking about the complete layout. Do you like the way your current kitchen is configured? Or will your kitchen remodeling project need to take new traffic patterns and up-to-date use of space into account? Is there an adequate amount of light? Enough space for food preparation? Place for family members and loved ones to gather? Are you seeking a contemporary kitchen or would you value more conventional environment with the remodeling? Once you have a vision of the appearance of your unique kitchen, you can start to put designs for the specific components.

The next step is deciding on the appliances. If you are a gourmet cook who intends to create fancy meals, you will most likely wish to add high-end appliances into your kitchen remodeling plan. For a prospective more casual cook, this will be where it can save you quite a few dollars.

Following that carefully consider cabinets. Do you want to replace the ones you have or would you potentially consider doing a cabinet refacing? For anyone who is happy with the way in which your current cabinets are situated, cabinet refacing can be an excellent alternative option. Keep in mind aspects of cabinet space. Is what you have now acceptable, or do you need to look for ways to carve out more? In today's kitchen remodeling, there are plenty of alternatives for elegant and well designed cabinets, with choices ranging from oak or cherry or birch, to laminate or glass-faced cupboards.

Floor covering really should really be appealing and functional, along with quite simple to clean. A wide range of materials will easily fit these criteria.

Countertops also need to be easily maintained. You can find natural and synthetic choices here, each with their own and unique advantages.

Lighting may vary from recessed lights to fancy chandeliers-it everything depends on what you wish the appearance of your respective kitchen to become.

When it comes to hardware, would you like a hand-made ceramic knobs in your cabinets, shiny chrome, or burnished black? These are just a few of your respective options.

Final Thoughts on Kitchen Remodeling

Remember to record your entire ideas and also keep good notes as you think about all these options. Once you have pondered all of the options for your kitchen remodeling job, you will be able to take your plan to some home improvement store, like Home Depot or Lowes for example or local contractor and you will have an enormous advantage on your kitchen remodeling project.

 

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Kitchen Remodeling - Add Value and Life to Your Home

It is very important to determine a budget for any home improvement project, and kitchen remodeling is no exception.

A word of caution: I spent several hours researching kitchen remodeling cost and budgeting on the internet to gather data for this article. I ran into a couple websites that gave square footage pricing for kitchen remodeling. Although I commiserate with their attempt to find a simple method to figure out remodeling pricing, this type of advice is not based in reality. Remodeling jobs in general are so specific to the conditions of the building and tastes of the homeowner that no square footage pricing will ever be realistic. I also ran into many sites that did not give you any real information about establishing a budget but basically interpreted Hanley Wood's Remodeling Cost vs. Value report which is published each year. You are much better off visiting the Cost vs. Value report online and evaluating the results for yourself.

Like anything else in this world a kitchen remodel is going to cost more than you thought it would and the sky is the limit on what it can cost depending on your tastes. There are multiple factors that go into determining a remodeling budget.

There are several places online you can go to help you establish a basic budget number to start with. My personal recommendation is Remodeling Magazine's Cost vs. Value Report which is released by region and major city each year. The really nice thing about this report is that it gives a description of the "average" project so that you can gauge if your kitchen remodel is going to fall above or below the benchmark. I also find their average pricing to be an accurate reflection of the pricing for our company, so by recommending to clients before I even meet with them that they investigate this report they are more likely to establish a realistic budget we can work within to give them a fantastic kitchen.

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While Remodeling Magazine's report is very helpful, it is still a very one size fits all approach to establishing a budget. Keep reading if you'd like to try to hone your numbers a bit.

Get out a pad and paper and jot down a few notes about each factor as you go through this list:

Factor 1 Home Value- Consider not only what you think your home is worth, but also the value of similar homes in your neighborhood that already have updates. My favorite website to check home values is zillow.com, simply enter your address and you get an interactive map with home values and other information listed right on the map. Take note of which homes are of similar size to yours, have been purchased more recently, but have a higher value, then peek in their windows to see what the house looks like. Ok, seriously, I was only kidding. If you don't know them perhaps it's time to meet the neighbors and ask for a quick tour.

Factor 2 Wow! - This has everything to do with your goals and motivations. Write down each motivational factor which is important to you in a kitchen remodel. Here are some possible examples: Kitchen is falling apart. You love to cook and the layout doesn't suit you. You love to entertain and want to open up the kitchen as a place to gather. You want a kitchen that wows your guests. You are getting ready to sell your home and the kitchen is a sticking point with buyers... Now that you have your list, evaluate which motivations are most important and relist them in motivational order. Imagining your budget starting in "the middle" take note of which factors might move the budget up or down...i.e. wanting to remodel to encourage a sale might move the budget down, remodeling to wow guest might max it out...etc.

Factor 3 Did someone say AGA? - List any "must haves" for a kitchen remodel to be worth it to you. Possible examples: granite counters, an island with an extra sink, a second dishwasher, a commercial quality gas range, etc.

Factor 4 Longevity- Determine to the best of your ability the length of time you plan on owning the home.

Factor 5 Size Matters- Determine what percentage of your home your kitchen encompasses. A sampling of over 100 modern home floorplans of 1000 to 3000 square foot homes revealed the average kitchen square footage to be 7% of the home's square footage. If your kitchen is larger or smaller than this average you may need to increase or decrease your budget accordingly.

Factor 6 Layout- if you already know you're going to want the sink moved, an island sink added, an interior wall moved and an exterior door added, then you need to add money to your budget well beyond what a basic facelift would cost.

Tricky layout: the decorative column conceals a sound wrapped drain pipe

Factor 7 Funding- Determine the maximum amount of money you could afford to spend. If you are financing your project you can calculate what a lender will likely lend you. Lenders want to see a debt to income ratio(DTI) of.36 or less. Your DTI is established by taking all your monthly debt obligations (credit card payments, auto loans, mortgage, etc.) and dividing by your monthly income. To determine your maximum safe monthly debt multiply.36 times your monthly income. Now subtract your existing monthly debt from this number and you have a monthly budget maximum. Here's a link to a calculator that will do the math for you: mortgage calculator

Putting it All Together

The key to determining your budget is finding the percentage of your home's value you should use as a budget guideline. While researching this article I ran across recommendations to use percentages ranging from 10% to 25% of home value. For a kitchen remodel of any substance that includes new flooring, appliances, cabinets, sink/faucet, lighting and bringing electric up to code I find anything less than 15% to be a very dubious number. I suppose on a million dollar house 10% would be a workable budget, but on a 200k house a 20k budget is marginal at best for a full blown kitchen remodel.

If resale value is important to you it is wise to keept the cost of your kitchen renovation project within 20% of the current value of your home. Staying within this range insures that a majority of the new kitchen's cost is recouped in increased home value immediately, and the remaining cost should be recouped within 5 years as your home appreciates.

Ok, let's run through an example. Keep in mind, there is no exact formula here. We are simply doing our best to be as informed as possible and make a wise decision about how much to spend on our kitchen remodel.

For our example let's use my house. It's a 50's cape cod with a modest square footage of 1500.

Factor 1 value: Zillow gives me an estimated value of $167,500, however, I notice zillow hasn't yet updated and accounted for the single family homes which were recently built in the field behind us with a starting price of $270k. Zillow also has our square footage listed at under 1200. Looks like the previous owner did a little remodeling without a permit. I'm going to base my budget on a price of 180k which is similar to other houses in the neighborhood that are the same size.

Factor 2 Goals: My wife and I love to entertain guests. To make a kitchen remodel worthwhile for us we need to lose an interior wall to open up the kitchen and dining nook to the living room. I'm going to add 1% to budget for this.

Factor 3 Must Haves: As a former chef two must haves for me are a new oven and a really nice propane range(no natural gas service here), preferably a commercial range modified for home use (real commercial ranges don't have insulation around the oven, critical for home safety). I'm going to add another 1% to my budget to make sure there is enough money to get me my range and propane installation.

Factor 4 Longevity: We plan to stay in our house a minimum of 4 years. As a rule of thumb it takes 5 years for most remodeling to appreciate and recoup all of its cost. Since we will likely be here at least 5 years I'm not going to penalize the budget, but since there is a good chance we'll move right around 5 years I'm not going to increase it like I would if we were staying much longer.

Factor 5 Size of Kitchen: Our kitchen is about 140SquareFeet(SF). That's over 9% of the SF of the house, 2% above average. Obviously this kitchen is going to require some extra material and cabinets. I'm going to up the budget 1% for this, I hope it's enough.

Factor 6 Layout: We are going to change the layout of our kitchen pretty extensively. We currently have a cooktop peninsula. The range is going to go on a differnet wall and the dishwasher will move to the peninsula, though we might ditch the peninsula, move the fridge and add an island instead. About the only thing that won't move is the sink. I'm going to add another 1% to my budget, again hoping $1800 (1% of our 180k value) is enough to cover the electrical and plumbing changes.

For my base I'm going to use 20%. As I mentioned before, there are going to be people who will argue with me on that, but going lower often doesn't leave you with workable budget numbers for full blown kitchen remodels. I'm adding 4% based on my factors listed above. I adjusted my zillow.com estimated home value to 180k based on the comparable square footage and value of other homes around me. This gives me a working budget of 24% x 180k= $43,200 When I compare this to the Cost Vs. Value report I see that in the Middle Atlantic Region a Major Kitchen Renovation is $59, 098. It looks like my budget could be bit low, especially since I really would like granite countertops and the Cost Vs. Value specs call for laminate tops. On the other hand my kitchen is significantly smaller than their 200SF benchmark, so I think I'll go with my budget number and see what my contractor can do for me in that budget.



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Remodeling your kitchen is a big decision in which you could probably use some sound advice. Questions that you need to have answered include:

How much will a kitchen remodeling job cost?

Will I be able to recoup my expenditures if I sell my house?

Can I change the layout of my kitchen?

The answers to these questions will help you to decide, first, if you should remodel your kitchen, and second, how you should remodel your kitchen. A kitchen design center will have experts on hand to answer any of your specific questions. It's worth your time to consult a specialist early in the decision making process of remodeling your kitchen. But, here are some generic answers to the above questions.

The cost of a kitchen remodeling job can vary widely, depending on the extent of the remodel. For the average $250,000 American home a complete kitchen remodel will range from $20-30,000 for a complete remodel with all new appliances. You can easily spend over $100,000 if you let your kitchen remodel get out of hand, or if you desire a gourmet kitchen. You can reduce the cost of your kitchen remodeling job by doing some of the work yourself, but if you are spending this kind of money, you want the total product to look professional, and unless you are an expert, it is usually best left to the professionals.

The general consensus is that you will recoup around 90% of the money spent on a kitchen remodel. While this may be a significant factor if you are planning to sell your house in the near future, it should also factor any time you decide to remodel your kitchen. Kitchen remodeling will also give you a great return in the satisfaction and pleasure that you will get from living with a new kitchen. This should be the main factor in deciding on whether not to remodel your kitchen.

Any kitchen layout can be changed, the question is: How much will you spend to make the changes? You should consider changing the layout of your kitchen if your house is more than 20 to 30 years old because kitchen functions and prominence have changed over time; or if, after living in your house for a while, you find the layout needs to be improved.

This is were an expert kitchen designer can help you with your decisions. A good designer will walk you through the kitchen remodel process, take your ideas and give them shape, and present you options that you may have never considered. The designer can give you a 3 dimensional view of any design ideas, change the cabinets, countertops, and other details with the click of a button; helping you to visualize exactly what your new kitchen will look like. It is much easier to change any items in your kitchen in a computer than it is in your final kitchen.

A kitchen designer will be familiar with all the newest trends in kitchen designs, know the latest options in green materials, and be up to date with new products for the kitchen. Their knowledge will save you a lot of legwork or computer searching, if decide to remodel your kitchen. If you begin your kitchen remodeling project by consulting with a kitchen designer, I think you'll be surprised with the insight they will give your whole kitchen project.



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Kitchen Remodeling - Adding Value to Your Home Real Estate Value

The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the home. It is here that meals are usually cooked and eaten and families gather to talk and share a snack. For that reason most people want a functional and cozily attractive kitchen but worry that the expense of remodeling may be more than their pocketbook can bear. In making that decision on whether or not to take on that kitchen remodeling it helps to consider some of the benefits.

Kitchen Remodeling Doesn't All Have To Be Done At Once
One of the benefits of remodeling your kitchen is that unlike many other rooms in your home, that kitchen remodeling doesn't have to be done all at once. You can remodel that kitchen as your time and finances allow. For example, changing your faucets and light fixtures are both projects that are relatively inexpensive and can easily be accomplished in a day or a week-end off as can painting your kitchen walls and cabinets and changing that cabinet hardware.

Often There Are Less Expensive Ways Of Making Necessary Changes
When remodeling a kitchen there are often less expensive ways of getting the same results that you want. For example, if you want to change to a granite counter top you can get a counter top installed right over your old one rather than paying the expense of having your old counter top removed and disposed off. In other instances you can actually sand and paint an old counter top saving you from having to replace the counter top at all.

Remodeling Your Kitchen Can Make It More Functional
Chances are if you purchased a home that was already built you are living with another person's idea of what makes a kitchen functional. What may have been functional for them may be less so for you. Remodeling gives you the opportunity to make your kitchen functional for you.

Remodeling Your Kitchen Can Increase the Value Of Your Home
Remodeling your kitchen can not only add to your own enjoyment but, often increases the value of your home should you decide to sell it. Attractive and functional kitchens will often make a home seem more friendly and inviting and encourage buyers to pay the asking price. You don't need a gourmet kitchen all you really need is a kitchen that looks smart, is user-friendly and inviting. If remodeling your kitchen accomplishes that then it may add to the price of your home considerably.

A Beautiful Kitchen Makes The Time Spent In It More Enjoyable
The biggest advantage of remodeling your kitchen is simply the fact that having a kitchen that is beautiful and appealing to you makes the time you have to spend there preparing meals and cleaning up more enjoyable. No one wants to spend time in a dark, boring kitchen that is barely functional but, many people actually find themselves enjoying cooking if they can spend time in a bright cheery kitchen that meets all their cooking needs.

Now that you know some of the benefits of remodeling that kitchen only you can make the decision whether or not the effort of remodeling is worth it.

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Kitchen Remodeling Benefits

It is very important to determine a budget for any home improvement project, and kitchen remodeling is no exception.

A word of caution: I spent several hours researching kitchen remodeling cost and budgeting on the internet to gather data for this article. I ran into a couple websites that gave square footage pricing for kitchen remodeling. Although I commiserate with their attempt to find a simple method to figure out remodeling pricing, this type of advice is not based in reality. Remodeling jobs in general are so specific to the conditions of the building and tastes of the homeowner that no square footage pricing will ever be realistic. I also ran into many sites that did not give you any real information about establishing a budget but basically interpreted Hanley Wood's Remodeling Cost vs. Value report which is published each year. You are much better off visiting the Cost vs. Value report online and evaluating the results for yourself.

Like anything else in this world a kitchen remodel is going to cost more than you thought it would and the sky is the limit on what it can cost depending on your tastes. There are multiple factors that go into determining a remodeling budget.

There are several places online you can go to help you establish a basic budget number to start with. My personal recommendation is Remodeling Magazine's Cost vs. Value Report which is released by region and major city each year. The really nice thing about this report is that it gives a description of the "average" project so that you can gauge if your kitchen remodel is going to fall above or below the benchmark. I also find their average pricing to be an accurate reflection of the pricing for our company, so by recommending to clients before I even meet with them that they investigate this report they are more likely to establish a realistic budget we can work within to give them a fantastic kitchen.

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While Remodeling Magazine's report is very helpful, it is still a very one size fits all approach to establishing a budget. Keep reading if you'd like to try to hone your numbers a bit.

Get out a pad and paper and jot down a few notes about each factor as you go through this list:

Factor 1 Home Value- Consider not only what you think your home is worth, but also the value of similar homes in your neighborhood that already have updates. My favorite website to check home values is zillow.com, simply enter your address and you get an interactive map with home values and other information listed right on the map. Take note of which homes are of similar size to yours, have been purchased more recently, but have a higher value, then peek in their windows to see what the house looks like. Ok, seriously, I was only kidding. If you don't know them perhaps it's time to meet the neighbors and ask for a quick tour.

Factor 2 Wow! - This has everything to do with your goals and motivations. Write down each motivational factor which is important to you in a kitchen remodel. Here are some possible examples: Kitchen is falling apart. You love to cook and the layout doesn't suit you. You love to entertain and want to open up the kitchen as a place to gather. You want a kitchen that wows your guests. You are getting ready to sell your home and the kitchen is a sticking point with buyers... Now that you have your list, evaluate which motivations are most important and relist them in motivational order. Imagining your budget starting in "the middle" take note of which factors might move the budget up or down...i.e. wanting to remodel to encourage a sale might move the budget down, remodeling to wow guest might max it out...etc.

Factor 3 Did someone say AGA? - List any "must haves" for a kitchen remodel to be worth it to you. Possible examples: granite counters, an island with an extra sink, a second dishwasher, a commercial quality gas range, etc.

Factor 4 Longevity- Determine to the best of your ability the length of time you plan on owning the home.

Factor 5 Size Matters- Determine what percentage of your home your kitchen encompasses. A sampling of over 100 modern home floorplans of 1000 to 3000 square foot homes revealed the average kitchen square footage to be 7% of the home's square footage. If your kitchen is larger or smaller than this average you may need to increase or decrease your budget accordingly.

Factor 6 Layout- if you already know you're going to want the sink moved, an island sink added, an interior wall moved and an exterior door added, then you need to add money to your budget well beyond what a basic facelift would cost.

Tricky layout: the decorative column conceals a sound wrapped drain pipe

Factor 7 Funding- Determine the maximum amount of money you could afford to spend. If you are financing your project you can calculate what a lender will likely lend you. Lenders want to see a debt to income ratio(DTI) of.36 or less. Your DTI is established by taking all your monthly debt obligations (credit card payments, auto loans, mortgage, etc.) and dividing by your monthly income. To determine your maximum safe monthly debt multiply.36 times your monthly income. Now subtract your existing monthly debt from this number and you have a monthly budget maximum. Here's a link to a calculator that will do the math for you: mortgage calculator

Putting it All Together

The key to determining your budget is finding the percentage of your home's value you should use as a budget guideline. While researching this article I ran across recommendations to use percentages ranging from 10% to 25% of home value. For a kitchen remodel of any substance that includes new flooring, appliances, cabinets, sink/faucet, lighting and bringing electric up to code I find anything less than 15% to be a very dubious number. I suppose on a million dollar house 10% would be a workable budget, but on a 200k house a 20k budget is marginal at best for a full blown kitchen remodel.

If resale value is important to you it is wise to keept the cost of your kitchen renovation project within 20% of the current value of your home. Staying within this range insures that a majority of the new kitchen's cost is recouped in increased home value immediately, and the remaining cost should be recouped within 5 years as your home appreciates.

Ok, let's run through an example. Keep in mind, there is no exact formula here. We are simply doing our best to be as informed as possible and make a wise decision about how much to spend on our kitchen remodel.

For our example let's use my house. It's a 50's cape cod with a modest square footage of 1500.

Factor 1 value: Zillow gives me an estimated value of $167,500, however, I notice zillow hasn't yet updated and accounted for the single family homes which were recently built in the field behind us with a starting price of $270k. Zillow also has our square footage listed at under 1200. Looks like the previous owner did a little remodeling without a permit. I'm going to base my budget on a price of 180k which is similar to other houses in the neighborhood that are the same size.

Factor 2 Goals: My wife and I love to entertain guests. To make a kitchen remodel worthwhile for us we need to lose an interior wall to open up the kitchen and dining nook to the living room. I'm going to add 1% to budget for this.

Factor 3 Must Haves: As a former chef two must haves for me are a new oven and a really nice propane range(no natural gas service here), preferably a commercial range modified for home use (real commercial ranges don't have insulation around the oven, critical for home safety). I'm going to add another 1% to my budget to make sure there is enough money to get me my range and propane installation.

Factor 4 Longevity: We plan to stay in our house a minimum of 4 years. As a rule of thumb it takes 5 years for most remodeling to appreciate and recoup all of its cost. Since we will likely be here at least 5 years I'm not going to penalize the budget, but since there is a good chance we'll move right around 5 years I'm not going to increase it like I would if we were staying much longer.

Factor 5 Size of Kitchen: Our kitchen is about 140SquareFeet(SF). That's over 9% of the SF of the house, 2% above average. Obviously this kitchen is going to require some extra material and cabinets. I'm going to up the budget 1% for this, I hope it's enough.

Factor 6 Layout: We are going to change the layout of our kitchen pretty extensively. We currently have a cooktop peninsula. The range is going to go on a differnet wall and the dishwasher will move to the peninsula, though we might ditch the peninsula, move the fridge and add an island instead. About the only thing that won't move is the sink. I'm going to add another 1% to my budget, again hoping $1800 (1% of our 180k value) is enough to cover the electrical and plumbing changes.

For my base I'm going to use 20%. As I mentioned before, there are going to be people who will argue with me on that, but going lower often doesn't leave you with workable budget numbers for full blown kitchen remodels. I'm adding 4% based on my factors listed above. I adjusted my zillow.com estimated home value to 180k based on the comparable square footage and value of other homes around me. This gives me a working budget of 24% x 180k= $43,200 When I compare this to the Cost Vs. Value report I see that in the Middle Atlantic Region a Major Kitchen Renovation is $59, 098. It looks like my budget could be bit low, especially since I really would like granite countertops and the Cost Vs. Value specs call for laminate tops. On the other hand my kitchen is significantly smaller than their 200SF benchmark, so I think I'll go with my budget number and see what my contractor can do for me in that budget.



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Kitchen Remodeling Benefits

Kitchen Remodeling is the single most popular home renovation. Kitchens and Baths are often combined in a single project, but according to Michigan Contractors, kitchen remodeling is the most common request. Kitchen remodeling is certainly a very enticing project, but make sure you go about it with a mind to keeping the costs in check; the potential expense involved frightens some people before they even start. Kitchen remodeling costs are always likely to be an obstacle to getting the dream kitchen you have always wanted. Kitchen remodeling is the home improvement job that adds the most value to your house.

It can convert an old fashioned, dated kitchen into the showpiece of your home. The method of how to change the design will depend on your lifestyle and budget. Kitchen remodeling is the home improvement job that adds the most value to your house. In fact, you'll recover 80-90% of your kitchen remodeling costs in the added value to your house - more if you're handy enough to do the work yourself.

Kitchen remodeling is something that needs to be carefully planned using the size and configuration of the room. With this one room being the hub of the home, it needs to be designed with the triangle concept, which allows a person cooking to have easy access to the sink, refrigerator, and stove. It's one of the most common home improvement projects in the U.S. When asked which room in their house they would most like to remodel, Americans overwhelmingly chose the kitchen. Kitchen remodeling is one of the best investments when it comes to both everyday use and increase in resale value. In addition, you might be able to save on energy as well by choosing energy efficient kitchen appliances.

It is without a doubt one of the best investments you as a homeowner can make. For most homeowners, the kitchen is the most important room in the house. Kitchen remodeling is a good way for you to increase the value of your home and to put a new spin on your old living areas. It is much more than choosing a paint color and cabinet style. The kitchen is the heart and soul of any house, so it's important that your kitchen remodeling project results in a space that is functional, comfortable, and beautiful to take in all at the same time. Kitchen remodeling is one of the most intensive remodeling projects you can undertake in any house. The process involves important design decisions about cabinets, counter tops, lighting, appliances, layout, and finish treatments.

Whether your remodeling project will encompass a total tear-down and rebuild or a change of cabinetry, counter tops and major appliances, you will find yourself paying top dollar for remodeling this most important room in the house. Kitchen remodeling is also an investment in ongoing personal pleasure, increasing connectedness between all members of the family and easing the effort (while increasing the joy) of meal preparation. More homemade meals mean less fast food. Kitchen remodeling is a tricky job that requires taking into account existing architecture, plumbing and wiring, structural elements, and many other important aspects. For a project with so many considerations, it is crucial that you receive a kitchen remodeling professional who can care for all the things affected by the project, in accordance with your vision and budget. Kitchen remodeling is no small decision, so we're more than happy to answer any and all of your questions to help you feel comfortable with yours.

 

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Hiring the Right Kitchen Remodeling Designer

Starting a new business is always a risky venture. Any marketing professional knows that it is crucial to evaluate the market in order to determine the viability and demand for a small business opportunity. Unless consumers are demanding the services of a particular business, there will be little chance that a business can remain profitable. One business venture with consistently rising consumer demands is a kitchen remodeling business.

Potential customers are actively seeking the services of kitchen remodeling businesses for projects ranging from simple kitchen cabinet refacing to full-scale kitchen gutting and rebuilding. Now is the time for interior designers, contractors, and carpenters to consider branching out on their own and cultivating a successful and profitable business. Why, though, is the demand for a high quality remodeling business on the rise? Here are a few contributing factors.

Return to the Kitchen

First, the nation's population as a whole is experiencing a return to the kitchen. An unpredictable economy and a desire for more quality family experiences is driving families out of the restaurants and fast food chains and back into the kitchen. Even concerns like obesity, diabetes, and food allergies are urging consumers to stop eating out and start eating in. As families start spending more time in the kitchen, they also start noticing design flaws and issues with their kitchens. This increased exposure to the kitchen boosts the value of a high quality remodeling business.

The DIY Slump

The past ten years saw a huge do-it-yourself boon throughout the country, but that boon is starting to wane. Consumers are increasingly busy with work and social demands, and their willingness to devote countless hours and excessive energy to an elaborate kitchen remodeling project is dissipating. More and more consumers are considering a kitchen remodeling business as a cost-effective way to revamp a kitchen.

The Struggling Housing Market

In the past, real estate was in such high demand that consumers often hesitated to invest in elaborate remodeling projects because it was simpler to consider putting their property on the market and moving to a more ideal house. Now, that trend is shifting. Consumers are nestling in to their homes and choosing remodel jobs over real estate agents. This is a big deal for the owner of a kitchen remodeling business. Customers are scouring the web for the best business owners to turn their imperfect house into the home of their dreams.

Social Networking and Home Improvement Television

Perhaps the biggest reason for the increased demand for a kitchen remodeling business is the developments in social networking and home improvement television. Social image-sharing networks allow customers to browse thousands of pictures of newly remodeled kitchens. They can see the latest design trends right before their eyes, and this prompts them to start dreaming of changes to their own kitchens. Home improvement television networks continue to increase in popularity, and consumers can see just how valuable a high quality kitchen remodeling business can be.

Now is the perfect time for talented professionals to leave the traditional workplace and invest in a kitchen remodeling business franchise. The consumer population wants to remodel, and for a reputable kitchen remodeling business, the world is an oyster waiting to be opened.

 

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Ways You Can Determine the Right Kitchen Remodeler for Your Project

It is very important to determine a budget for any home improvement project, and kitchen remodeling is no exception.

A word of caution: I spent several hours researching kitchen remodeling cost and budgeting on the internet to gather data for this article. I ran into a couple websites that gave square footage pricing for kitchen remodeling. Although I commiserate with their attempt to find a simple method to figure out remodeling pricing, this type of advice is not based in reality. Remodeling jobs in general are so specific to the conditions of the building and tastes of the homeowner that no square footage pricing will ever be realistic. I also ran into many sites that did not give you any real information about establishing a budget but basically interpreted Hanley Wood's Remodeling Cost vs. Value report which is published each year. You are much better off visiting the Cost vs. Value report online and evaluating the results for yourself.

Like anything else in this world a kitchen remodel is going to cost more than you thought it would and the sky is the limit on what it can cost depending on your tastes. There are multiple factors that go into determining a remodeling budget.

There are several places online you can go to help you establish a basic budget number to start with. My personal recommendation is Remodeling Magazine's Cost vs. Value Report which is released by region and major city each year. The really nice thing about this report is that it gives a description of the "average" project so that you can gauge if your kitchen remodel is going to fall above or below the benchmark. I also find their average pricing to be an accurate reflection of the pricing for our company, so by recommending to clients before I even meet with them that they investigate this report they are more likely to establish a realistic budget we can work within to give them a fantastic kitchen.

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While Remodeling Magazine's report is very helpful, it is still a very one size fits all approach to establishing a budget. Keep reading if you'd like to try to hone your numbers a bit.

Get out a pad and paper and jot down a few notes about each factor as you go through this list:

Factor 1 Home Value- Consider not only what you think your home is worth, but also the value of similar homes in your neighborhood that already have updates. My favorite website to check home values is zillow.com, simply enter your address and you get an interactive map with home values and other information listed right on the map. Take note of which homes are of similar size to yours, have been purchased more recently, but have a higher value, then peek in their windows to see what the house looks like. Ok, seriously, I was only kidding. If you don't know them perhaps it's time to meet the neighbors and ask for a quick tour.

Factor 2 Wow! - This has everything to do with your goals and motivations. Write down each motivational factor which is important to you in a kitchen remodel. Here are some possible examples: Kitchen is falling apart. You love to cook and the layout doesn't suit you. You love to entertain and want to open up the kitchen as a place to gather. You want a kitchen that wows your guests. You are getting ready to sell your home and the kitchen is a sticking point with buyers... Now that you have your list, evaluate which motivations are most important and relist them in motivational order. Imagining your budget starting in "the middle" take note of which factors might move the budget up or down...i.e. wanting to remodel to encourage a sale might move the budget down, remodeling to wow guest might max it out...etc.

Factor 3 Did someone say AGA? - List any "must haves" for a kitchen remodel to be worth it to you. Possible examples: granite counters, an island with an extra sink, a second dishwasher, a commercial quality gas range, etc.

Factor 4 Longevity- Determine to the best of your ability the length of time you plan on owning the home.

Factor 5 Size Matters- Determine what percentage of your home your kitchen encompasses. A sampling of over 100 modern home floorplans of 1000 to 3000 square foot homes revealed the average kitchen square footage to be 7% of the home's square footage. If your kitchen is larger or smaller than this average you may need to increase or decrease your budget accordingly.

Factor 6 Layout- if you already know you're going to want the sink moved, an island sink added, an interior wall moved and an exterior door added, then you need to add money to your budget well beyond what a basic facelift would cost.

Tricky layout: the decorative column conceals a sound wrapped drain pipe

Factor 7 Funding- Determine the maximum amount of money you could afford to spend. If you are financing your project you can calculate what a lender will likely lend you. Lenders want to see a debt to income ratio(DTI) of.36 or less. Your DTI is established by taking all your monthly debt obligations (credit card payments, auto loans, mortgage, etc.) and dividing by your monthly income. To determine your maximum safe monthly debt multiply.36 times your monthly income. Now subtract your existing monthly debt from this number and you have a monthly budget maximum. Here's a link to a calculator that will do the math for you: mortgage calculator

Putting it All Together

The key to determining your budget is finding the percentage of your home's value you should use as a budget guideline. While researching this article I ran across recommendations to use percentages ranging from 10% to 25% of home value. For a kitchen remodel of any substance that includes new flooring, appliances, cabinets, sink/faucet, lighting and bringing electric up to code I find anything less than 15% to be a very dubious number. I suppose on a million dollar house 10% would be a workable budget, but on a 200k house a 20k budget is marginal at best for a full blown kitchen remodel.

If resale value is important to you it is wise to keept the cost of your kitchen renovation project within 20% of the current value of your home. Staying within this range insures that a majority of the new kitchen's cost is recouped in increased home value immediately, and the remaining cost should be recouped within 5 years as your home appreciates.

Ok, let's run through an example. Keep in mind, there is no exact formula here. We are simply doing our best to be as informed as possible and make a wise decision about how much to spend on our kitchen remodel.

For our example let's use my house. It's a 50's cape cod with a modest square footage of 1500.

Factor 1 value: Zillow gives me an estimated value of $167,500, however, I notice zillow hasn't yet updated and accounted for the single family homes which were recently built in the field behind us with a starting price of $270k. Zillow also has our square footage listed at under 1200. Looks like the previous owner did a little remodeling without a permit. I'm going to base my budget on a price of 180k which is similar to other houses in the neighborhood that are the same size.

Factor 2 Goals: My wife and I love to entertain guests. To make a kitchen remodel worthwhile for us we need to lose an interior wall to open up the kitchen and dining nook to the living room. I'm going to add 1% to budget for this.

Factor 3 Must Haves: As a former chef two must haves for me are a new oven and a really nice propane range(no natural gas service here), preferably a commercial range modified for home use (real commercial ranges don't have insulation around the oven, critical for home safety). I'm going to add another 1% to my budget to make sure there is enough money to get me my range and propane installation.

Factor 4 Longevity: We plan to stay in our house a minimum of 4 years. As a rule of thumb it takes 5 years for most remodeling to appreciate and recoup all of its cost. Since we will likely be here at least 5 years I'm not going to penalize the budget, but since there is a good chance we'll move right around 5 years I'm not going to increase it like I would if we were staying much longer.

Factor 5 Size of Kitchen: Our kitchen is about 140SquareFeet(SF). That's over 9% of the SF of the house, 2% above average. Obviously this kitchen is going to require some extra material and cabinets. I'm going to up the budget 1% for this, I hope it's enough.

Factor 6 Layout: We are going to change the layout of our kitchen pretty extensively. We currently have a cooktop peninsula. The range is going to go on a differnet wall and the dishwasher will move to the peninsula, though we might ditch the peninsula, move the fridge and add an island instead. About the only thing that won't move is the sink. I'm going to add another 1% to my budget, again hoping $1800 (1% of our 180k value) is enough to cover the electrical and plumbing changes.

For my base I'm going to use 20%. As I mentioned before, there are going to be people who will argue with me on that, but going lower often doesn't leave you with workable budget numbers for full blown kitchen remodels. I'm adding 4% based on my factors listed above. I adjusted my zillow.com estimated home value to 180k based on the comparable square footage and value of other homes around me. This gives me a working budget of 24% x 180k= $43,200 When I compare this to the Cost Vs. Value report I see that in the Middle Atlantic Region a Major Kitchen Renovation is $59, 098. It looks like my budget could be bit low, especially since I really would like granite countertops and the Cost Vs. Value specs call for laminate tops. On the other hand my kitchen is significantly smaller than their 200SF benchmark, so I think I'll go with my budget number and see what my contractor can do for me in that budget.



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A Close Look At Kitchen Remodeling

The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the home. It is here that meals are usually cooked and eaten and families gather to talk and share a snack. For that reason most people want a functional and cozily attractive kitchen but worry that the expense of remodeling may be more than their pocketbook can bear. In making that decision on whether or not to take on that kitchen remodeling it helps to consider some of the benefits.

Kitchen Remodeling Doesn't All Have To Be Done At Once
One of the benefits of remodeling your kitchen is that unlike many other rooms in your home, that kitchen remodeling doesn't have to be done all at once. You can remodel that kitchen as your time and finances allow. For example, changing your faucets and light fixtures are both projects that are relatively inexpensive and can easily be accomplished in a day or a week-end off as can painting your kitchen walls and cabinets and changing that cabinet hardware.

Often There Are Less Expensive Ways Of Making Necessary Changes
When remodeling a kitchen there are often less expensive ways of getting the same results that you want. For example, if you want to change to a granite counter top you can get a counter top installed right over your old one rather than paying the expense of having your old counter top removed and disposed off. In other instances you can actually sand and paint an old counter top saving you from having to replace the counter top at all.

Remodeling Your Kitchen Can Make It More Functional
Chances are if you purchased a home that was already built you are living with another person's idea of what makes a kitchen functional. What may have been functional for them may be less so for you. Remodeling gives you the opportunity to make your kitchen functional for you.

Remodeling Your Kitchen Can Increase the Value Of Your Home
Remodeling your kitchen can not only add to your own enjoyment but, often increases the value of your home should you decide to sell it. Attractive and functional kitchens will often make a home seem more friendly and inviting and encourage buyers to pay the asking price. You don't need a gourmet kitchen all you really need is a kitchen that looks smart, is user-friendly and inviting. If remodeling your kitchen accomplishes that then it may add to the price of your home considerably.

A Beautiful Kitchen Makes The Time Spent In It More Enjoyable
The biggest advantage of remodeling your kitchen is simply the fact that having a kitchen that is beautiful and appealing to you makes the time you have to spend there preparing meals and cleaning up more enjoyable. No one wants to spend time in a dark, boring kitchen that is barely functional but, many people actually find themselves enjoying cooking if they can spend time in a bright cheery kitchen that meets all their cooking needs.

Now that you know some of the benefits of remodeling that kitchen only you can make the decision whether or not the effort of remodeling is worth it.

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