Smart Strategies for Kitchen Remodeling

By Bob Walsmith Jr.
President 2022
Santa Barbara Association of Realtors

Homeowners spend more money on kitchen remodeling than any other home improvement project, and with good reason. Kitchens are the focal point of domestic life and a source of pride.

You can recover a significant portion of the kitchen remodeling cost from the value the project brings to your home. According to the National Association of REALTORS® Remodeling Impact Report, a total kitchen renovation with a national average cost of $80,000 will yield approximately 75% of the original project cost when the home is resold.

#1 Plan, plan, plan
Planning your kitchen remodel should take more time than the actual construction. If you plan well, you can minimize the time you’re bothered by belly aos. Plus, you’re more likely to stick to your budget.

How Much Time Should You Spend Planning? The National Kitchen and Bath Association recommends at least six months. That way you won’t be tempted to change your mind during construction and create change orders that will drive up construction costs and hurt your return on investment.

#2 Familiarize yourself with home appliances
It’s easy to get carried away when planning your new kitchen. A commercial six-burner range and a luxury brand refrigerator can be flashy centerpieces, but they may not fit your cooking needs or lifestyle.

Household appliances are essentially tools for cooking and storing food. Your kitchen remodel shouldn’t be about the tools, it should be about the design and functionality of the entire kitchen. So unless you’re an exceptional chef, focus your money on long-term features that add value, like: B. cabinets and floors.

#3 Keep the same footprint
Nothing will drive up the cost of a remodel faster than relocating plumbing and electrical outlets and tearing down walls. Unforeseen problems usually arise here.
Keep appliances, plumbing fixtures, and walls in the same place whenever possible. Not only will you save on demolition and rebuild costs, you’ll also reduce the amount of dust and debris your project generates.

#4 Don’t underestimate the power of lighting
Lighting can make a big difference in a kitchen. It can make it look bigger and brighter. And it helps you work safely and efficiently. You should have two different types of lighting in your kitchen:

1. Task Lighting: Under cabinet lighting should be on your must have list as cabinets create such dark work areas. And since you’re remodeling, there’s no better time to hardwire your lights. Plan at least two fixtures per work area to eliminate shadows. Pendant lights work well on islands and other counters without low cabinets. Recessed and track lights work well over sinks and general prep areas with no overhead cabinets.

2. Ambient lighting: Flush mount ceiling lights, wall lights and track lighting provide overall lighting in your kitchen. Include dimmer switches to control intensity and mood.

#5 Be quality conscious
Functionality and durability should have top priority when remodeling a kitchen. Resist inferior bargains and choose products that combine low maintenance with long warranties. Solid surface worktops, for example, may cost a little more, but with the right care, they will look good for a long time.

#6 Add storage, not space
Storage will never go out of style, but if you’re sticking to the same footprint, here are a few ideas to add more:

Install cabinets that go to the ceiling: They may cost more — and you may need a stepladder — but you’ll gain valuable storage space for Christmas plates and other items that are used once a year. Plus, you don’t have to dust the cabinet tops.

Hang it up: Mount small shelving units on unused wall space and in closet doors, hang soup pots and large skillets from a ceiling-mounted rack, and add hooks on the backs of closet doors for aprons, brooms, and mops.

#7 Communicate clearly with your remodelers
Building a good relationship with your project manager or construction team is essential to staying on budget. To keep the sweetness in your project, make sure:
Visit the project during working hours: your presence will reflect your quality awareness.
Establish a communication routine: put up a message board on site where you and the project manager can leave daily communiqués. Give subs and team leaders your email address and cell phone number.

A native of Southern California, Bob Walsmith Jr. is a Realtor® at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties in Santa Barbara. While working at the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors, Bob served on the CORE Committee, Education Committee, Chair of the Budget & Finance Committee, and the Multiple Listing Service Committee. He is also on the Board of Directors for Santa Barbara’s Alpha Resource Center. Bob lives in Goleta with his beautiful wife Julie. When not working, Bob enjoys golf, fine wine, good food and walking our beautiful shoreline. Bob can be reached at 805.720.5362 and/or [email protected] Bob Walsmith Jr. is a Southern California native and a Realtor® at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties in Santa Barbara. While working at the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors, Bob served on the CORE Committee, Education Committee, Chair of the Budget & Finance Committee, and the Multiple Listing Service Committee. He is also on the Board of Directors for Santa Barbara’s Alpha Resource Center. Bob lives in Goleta with his beautiful wife Julie. When not working, Bob enjoys golf, fine wine, good food and walking our beautiful shoreline. Bob can be reached at 805.720.5362 and/or [email protected]

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