The kitchen is where you’ve baked birthday cakes, prepared weeknight dinners, raised kids, and connected with friends. You’ve introduced new recipes and whipped up old standbys. Your kitchen has seen a lot of living. And it might show.
Every kitchen needs an occasional update. Maybe the space isn’t working for a changing family. Perhaps you’re tired of the noisy dishwasher or the oven that heats unevenly. Or, maybe it’s simply time to create the kitchen you’ve always wanted.
Before you tear out the first cabinet or knock down walls, here are issues to consider.
Research is the first major step in creating a dream kitchen. Gather kitchen ideas from your favorite magazines, books, Web sites, and dealer showrooms. Ask friends what they love about their kitchens. Identify colors, styles, and materials you like from paint chips, swatches, and cabinet samples. Collect plumbing, lighting, countertop, and flooring catalogs and brochures. Once you have a folder of ideas, it’s time to do a reality check on needs vs. desires.
Remodeling tip: If you’re selling in a few years, for example, it may not be best to invest in high-end appliances and custom cabinets. On the other hand, if you plan to remain in your home another 10 years, you have more latitude because you’ll have time to enjoy the space.
These guidelines can help you get the most bang for your remodel budget.
Budget of $5,000 or Less
Tip: At this level of remodeling, focus on improvements at the top of your wish list, such as a new countertops, flooring, or higher grade appliances.
Budget of $45,000 or Less