||For most families,
the kitchen is one of the most important parts of
the home. It’s where meals are served, where
the family gathers before and after school and work,
and it’s often where homework is done. With
so many roles to play, it’s no wonder that
the kitchen is one of the most focused upon rooms
in any home.
When it comes to home renovation, the kitchen is
often the first room that a family will decide to
remodel or update. An updated kitchen adds a lot
to the quality of life within the house, and it
can also add value to the home for resale if you’re
planning to move anytime soon.
So, what should you consider before jumping into
a kitchen update? Below are some tips.
What do you want done?
Be realistic about your expectations from a project.
Do you want to resurface the cabinets, or are you
hoping to gut the entire room and create a new footprint?
Depending on how intensive the project you want
to take on is, the cost, time, and disruption to
the home will be very different. It’s important
that you understand the impact the project will
have on your life and budget, but without having
a clear vision of what you’d like to get done,
you won’t be able to do so.
Can you (realistically)
do it yourself?
Many people start out assuming they’ll do
work within the home themselves, but then once they
really think about how much they want to have done,
they realize that it’s much more realistic
to have a contractor or a cabinets and countertops
specialist come in to do the work. Evaluate what
you want done and if it’s out of your reach,
it’s a good idea to bring in a professional.
Will you go all the way?
When considering a kitchen update, there are small
fixes that you can do and then there are big fixes.
Do you want new cabinet doors, or do you want entire
new cabinet units? Do you want a new countertop
layout, or do you just want to change the surface
of the countertops? You should consider your budget
and the amount of time you want to put into the
project. A partial remodel — such as refacing
the cabinets, repainting the walls, and other fairly
straightforward fixes — can make a big difference
in a kitchen space if it’s executed well.
Is it worthwhile?
The truth is, renovating any area of the home can
be a fairly big undertaking. Are you willing to
foot the cost and to put up with the inconvenience
of having contractors in your home for a few weeks
(or months)? A kitchen remodel can be very worth
it by way of improving your use of the room and
adding value to the home, but you really need to
be clear with yourself about what’s possible
for you. If taking on a remodel is going to drive
you crazy and empty out your savings account, you
might want to consider a different route.