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Kitchen Remodeling - Questions To Ask
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.
Kitchen Remodeling - Questions To Ask
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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