Remodelling your kitchen may be one of the most important home improvements you can make and is the most valuable. Planning a new kitchen or remodelling an existing one can be exciting and challenging. Updating and remodelling your kitchen will add more value to you home than any other improvement, according to the National Association on Home Builders. The NAHB reports that kitchen projects can return more than 100% of the cost of the home when sold.
Following are all the things you need to consider:
Design Trends in faucets follow closely those of the kitchen, with the ‘commercial’ look of stainless-steel running in tandem with the traditional or Old-World look. Another current trend is the nostalgic country look of a wall-mounted model, often in brass with porcelain handles, complimenting an apron or farm sink.
Faucets Average Costs:
- Kohler Faucet: $99 to $299
- Hansgrohe Faucet: $99 to $1,500
- Kokols Faucet: $49 to $399
- Peerless Faucet: $49 to $199
- Danze Faucet: $49 to $599
- Premier Faucet: $49 to $199
- Kraus Faucet: $50 to $400
The major appliances you select are second only to your cabinet choice as a cost component of your new kitchen. Your appliances are also an important part of your day to day satisfaction with your new kitchen.
Whether you choose unassembled, stock, built-to-order or custom cabinets, cabinets will comprise about 50% of the material costs for a new kitchen.
Cabinets Average Cost:
- Tall Kitchen Cabinets – Price starts at $250 per square feet
- Kitchen Base Cabinets – Price starts at $250 per cabinet
- Custom Kitchen Cabinets – Price starts at $50 per linear foot
Select a color and texture that compliments your cabinetry, floor, wallpaper or paint selection.
Countertops Average Cost:
- Laminate Countertops – Price starts at $20 per square feet
- Tile Countertops – Price starts at $5 per square feet
- Corian Or Acrylic Countertops – Price starts at $45 per square feet
- Granite Countertops – Price starts at $30 per square feet
- Concrete Countertops – Price starts at $50 per square feet
- Marble Countertops – Price starts at $45 per square feet
- Butcher Block Countertops – Price starts at $45 per square feet
- Marble Countertops – Price starts at $45 per square feet
- Soapstone Countertops – Price starts at $30 per square feet
- Quartz Countertops – Price starts at $35 per square feet
The choice of flooring material is broad; vinyl in sheet or tiles, ceramic tile, wood floors and now, the new laminates. Which is best for you? Each of the choices has its fans and some choices are more prevalent in one part of the country more than others. Ceramic tile is often chosen for homes in the West and South. Wood floors are extremely popular in the East and Midwest. Vinyl floors are the perennial favorite in all parts of the country and laminates are gaining popularity across the country.
Flooring Average Cost:
- Limestone Flooring – Price startsat $7 per square feet
- Wood Flooring – Price startsat $5 per square feet
- Bamboo Flooring – Price starts at $3 per square feet
- Sheet Vinyl Flooring – Price starts at $4 per square feet
- Travertine Flooring – Price starts at $4 per square feet
- Tile Flooring – Price starts at $3 per square feet
Avoid placing too much emphasis on style without regard to function of fixtures.
Paint and Wall Coverings
When deciding whether to wallpaper or paint or combine the two in your kitchen decor, keep these cost factors in mind.
The sink is the busiest spot in your kitchen. Nearly every task begins or ends in its embrace, so choosing the right one for the way you will use it and the way it will look may be one of the most important decisions you will make when planning your kitchen. You may not feel you really need the new one that ‘cooks’, but you do want a sink that will serve you well and look terrific, while not requiring too much time to maintain.
Updraft ventilation – a hood over the range that is either vented or re-circulating. Over the range microwaves may contain either vented or re-circulating systems.
Ventilation Average Cost
Total Average Cost
|Expense||Percent of Total||Average Price|
|Appliances and ventilation||13.6%||$3,000.00|
|Cabinetry and hardware||27.3%||$6,000.00|
|Doors and windows||4.5%||$1,000.00|
|Walls and ceilings||4.5%||$1,000.00|
|Faucets and plumbing||4.5%||$1,000.00|
Things to Pay Attention to
Selecting the interior design elements of a house can be a complicated endeavor. There are colors, textures, fabrics and materials to consider.
How should they blend together?
What will set the space apart?
How can you add a unique element without disrupting the flow of the room?
Here’s how seasoned renovators, architects and interior designers approach design.
Use Color Wisely
“One of the biggest mistakes people make is they tend to insert a lot of color in the background and what they don’t realize is they are locking themselves into that color for 10 or 15 years or however long they plan to live in the house,” said John Biever, owner and design director of Model Interiors, an Omaha, Ne.-based company that designs model homes for builders.
The main background areas to consider are:
Those areas often are key focal points and they can be costly to redo later. Instead, keep them neutral and insert color later with furniture and accessories.
There are ways to add design elements in small doses throughout a house. A row of sage tile in a kitchen backsplash or on a bathroom wall can make the space inviting without overdoing it. Add tile with decorative scrolling and a raised surface and the added texture can blend with nearby furniture or accessories.
If you must add a burst of red, do it on an island countertop instead of the main countertop area. If it’s a small space, that will be easier to change later without a big expense.
Blend Rooms Together
Another common mistake is designing rooms individually, without any thought to how the rooms flow together. Instead:
Think about the overall floor plan and how the rooms flow together. What rooms can be seen from the foyer or the kitchen, for example?
Focus on tying rooms together, whether through the use of color or the type of materials
In a kitchen that adjoins a family room, use the same wood for the kitchen cabinets and/or floor and the family room trim.
In a bathroom, a cream marble tile used in the master bathroom could be added on a fireplace in the master bedroom to help blend those spaces together. Or, use a similar paint color in the bedroom to coordinate with the bathroom tile.
The color scheme could be strong in one room and more subtle in an adjoining room, as long as there are colors, textures or materials to blend the rooms together. “You don’t have to do the same proportions of color, but there should be a thread that ties them together,” Biever said.
Be Careful of Visual Clutter
Busy tile or vinyl patterns can be distracting to the eye. They will take away from the overall design theme instead of reinforcing it.
Other considerations are the size and dimensions of the space.
· Is it a two-story room? Those spaces are always going to seem larger.
· Are some rooms, such as a den or library, enclosed? If so, they can be designed with more individuality because it is not as important to blend them with an adjoining room.
Function. Function. Function.
The room layout may look fabulous on paper, but where will all the furniture go? Too many large windows will affect the placement of furniture and electronic equipment, for example.
In a master bedroom, think about where the bed will be placed. Are the walls long enough to fit a bed, side tables or an armoire?
Inspect Products Before You Buy
Another mistake people make is in selecting products and finishes without seeing them first. They may look at a catalog, a picture or a small sample when placing the order. A small tile sample might not show a wavy texture or all the grain patterns.
When selecting granite countertops, for example, you should choose the actual slab of material that will be used to make their countertop. This will help ensure you are getting exactly what you envisioned.
Planning a Remodeling Project? Here’s what to expect.
After months of debate, you are finally ready to start planning your remodeling project. How long will it take and what can you expect along the way?
Medium to large remodeling projects often last for several months, particularly if there are major structural changes to make. By understanding the various construction stages, you can avoid some of the frustration that comes with waiting and waiting for the work to be completed.
Preliminary Planning Stage – begin to determine layout, room configurations, budget, consider zoning issues
Timing: 1-3 weeks to many months.
Hiring Stage — interview contractors, architects, etc. and narrow down budget
Timing: 3 weeks to many months.
Contract Stage — decide whom to hire, narrow down project details, review and sign contract
Timing: 1-3 weeks
Drawing Stage — contractor and/or architect prepares preliminary drawings for your review
Timing: 2-3 weeks (most of time is for preparation of drawings)
Final Design Stage – contractor and/or architect finalized drawings with input from you; contractor takes out permits; you pay deposit to contractor
Timing: 3-5 weeks
After this stage, any changes you make to the project specifications can be costly. As such, it is wise to take some time to review all your selections before moving past this stage.
Construction Stage — At last, the work begins!
Timing: 2 weeks to 6 months