Though kitchen remodels are among the most popular, rewarding, and valuable home improvements, without the proper plan and guidance they can be very expensive and risky. According to the 2015 Remodeling Impact Report from the National Association of Realtors, a complete renovation of a 210-square-foot kitchen has a national median cost of $60,000 and can recover 67% of that cost at selling time. Recognizing the cost and value of a kitchen remodeling project can help minimize the risk and save time and money. Parr Cabinet Design Center can help you determine a budget, design the layout, choose a contractor, select the right kitchen cabinets and countertop, and avoid some of the common pitfalls.
Building the Budget
Many homeowners ask whether the budget should come before the product selection and design or vice versa. Setting a budget is much more than choosing an affordable number, creating a cost spreadsheet, and hoping for the best. A budget needs to determine what can be afforded, as well as how much of the value can be retained. The more extensive and detailed the initial research is, the more accurate the budget will be at the end of the project. A kitchen budget is typically between 6-10% of the value of the home.
First, determine the function and quality that fits your lifestyle and budget. Ask yourself questions to determine how you will use the kitchen. Is it a gourmet kitchen? Will it be the gathering area for family? Do you love cooking and entertaining? Should it simply be functional? These questions will assist you in determining which products and appliances will accomplish your exact needs.
Second, visit some showrooms to gather ideas. Parr Cabinet Design Centers have several displays set up with many different styles and price points in kitchen cabinets, appliances, and countertops. Seeing the products in person will help you decide which amenities are necessary and which are optional. It is nice to have a dream wish list, but it is also important to have a reality wish list that features items that are consistent with the budget.
Finally, plan for the unexpected. Most contractors recommend securing approximately 20% of the total cost to cover the hidden costs of a kitchen remodel. Rotten floors, unacceptable wiring or plumbing, and structural requirements can require additional costs for a project. Homeowners can also ruin their own budgets. The most frequent cost overruns come from material or finish changes, last minute design changes, or incomplete designs.
Building the Team
A kitchen remodel team consists of a contractor, designer, material supply professional, and the homeowner. An experienced and professional remodeling contractor is an absolute must. Most qualified contractors will either have an in-house design team or work closely with a subcontracted designer or kitchen planner. It is important to check the references of both very carefully, stop by previous projects, and visit active jobsites to see how the contractor performs his or her work. The contractor will most likely have approved suppliers with an established track record and an extensive showroom.
Building the List
Creating a list of critical issues and optional issues will help when building a list for product selection. Selecting the brand names, finishes, and colors may sound easy but it can be very difficult, time consuming, and frustrating without the right supplier. Parr Cabinet Design Center makes this process enjoyable and efficient. Parr carries several different cabinet manufactures with hundreds of color and door style combinations. More importantly, Parr has beautiful displays that show how the kitchen cabinets, appliances, and countertops look together. Parr Cabinet Design can also turn your selection into a 3D rendering, so you can see your kitchen before it is built.
With the right budget, an experienced and talented contractor, and the correct supplier, a kitchen remodel should go smoothly. Here is a list of common mistakes made by homeowners:
- Trying to contract the job on your own
Kitchen remodels are one of the most costly, complicated, and time-consuming home projects. Unless you are an experienced contractor, it is best to leave this one to professionals.
- Hiring the wrong contractor
Check references and hire the person you will most enjoy seeing in your house for the next few months. Even if you have to wait for the right contractor, it is better to be sure than sorry.
- Trying to keep up with the Joneses
Homeowners often overshoot their budgets, trying to match or exceed the quality, style, size, or amenities in the neighbors’ kitchens. This can end up ruining the job and the budget.
- Ignoring the unseen
Most homeowners only care about the cabinet door styles and finish, but if the boxes and hardware are not made of quality material the doors will quickly become crooked. Don’t be seduced by surfaces. This is another reason to choose the right supplier.
- Changing your mind
Time is money. Reconfiguring results in reordering, which leads to delays, changed work orders, and increased budgets.
Now is the perfect time to get started planning your beautiful new kitchen. With a good plan and a professional team, you can expect great results. Visit a Parr Cabinet Design Center to meet with a professional who will show you the endless possibilities and stunning showrooms.