I guess we will be the ones to tell you; it is time to get a new kitchen! Not only do you deserve it, but you need it. A new kitchen can bring in a fresh start to either a new life or the same one. Many homes have drab and outdated kitchens that are in desperate need of a makeover. That is an easy fix with a kitchen remodel and get this it is not that hard to do with the help of a professional service. Every homeowner deserves a little something new in their life and a kitchen renovation is a great way to start! It’s where families gather, parties have their most fun, and where you get to cook and express your love of food! Beyond just those reasons, we are here to explain exactly why you should think about getting a new kitchen and how it can help you add value, increase functionality within your space, boost energy savings, change your lifestyle for the better, and above all make you love the brand new space you are in.
Adding Value to your Home
We are not going to lie to you, a kitchen remodel can be somewhat pricey. However, you can see a potential return on investment by doing one. Minor kitchen updates like replacing countertops or outdated pieces could cost around $20,000 to $55,000. While major projects where a kitchen is completely gutted and upgraded could be around $80,000 to $120,00. The price varies, of course, depending on the scope of the project. According to Zillow, this is the return on investment (ROI) you could potentially find when remodeling a kitchen:
National minor kitchen remodel ROI
- ROI: 81.1%
- Average cost: $21,198
- Return: $17,193
National midrange major kitchen remodel ROI
- ROI: 59%
- Average cost: $63,829
- Return: $37,637
National upscale major kitchen remodel ROI
- ROI: 53.5%
- Average cost: $125,721
- Return: $67,212
If you worry about not having enough money to remodel, think about when you plan to sell and what your budget is to determine if remodeling is right for you. If the rest of your house is more up to date, it is recommended to not leave your kitchen behind. It is usually a potential buyer’s favorite part of a house, and one of the main reasons they will submit an offer. There are always ways to cheaply enhance your kitchen space like painting cabinets, switching out hardware, and doing backsplash yourself. However, if you are looking for a more outstanding look it is best to hire a professional renovator. Also, it is important to be aware that it will not always add value, recuperating the value can depend on various factors such as the degree of conversion and current market prices. If you are considering selling but first want to update your kitchen to increase the home value talk with your realtor for the best advice.
A kitchen is a place of gathering, it can hold a lot of happy memories and full bellies. However, if it is outdated it might not be a place you want to spend your time. It is easy to increase the functionality of a kitchen by remodeling it. Before the remodeling process begins the first step should be planning. Consider how you want to use your new and improved kitchen but also how you used it before. One of the most important things to consider is your storage and cupboard space. If you are renovating do not make the mistake that we find all too often in kitchens with cabinets that are too shallow or drawers that are too small. Try to incorporate new trends like kitchen islands, the L shape kitchen, or whichever suits the square footage of your home best. Here are some more tips for great storage design ideas:
- Custom-designed drawers with dividers for cutlery and utensils
- Smooth pull-out trays to easily organize spices, and cookware
- Cabinets that secretly hide trash and recycling
- Large pantry closet for your food items
- Adjustable shelves so you can always go back and customize them to fit your kitchen needs
- Extra deep drawers for storing
Kitchen ergonomics plays a vital role when remodeling. This is something you need to think about! Kitchen ergonomics is minimizing the movements and stress that happens during cooking. When designing your new kitchen keep in mind the heights of various surfaces, distances, and placement of items that make your space functional. This helps to enable effortless cooking. So, how do you achieve this? Consider these things listed below when creating your new kitchen layout:
- Working height in the kitchen
- Worktop height
- Sink height
- Oven height
- Reaching height
- Distance to areas
If you have a designer, they will work with you to achieve great ergonomic flow. Just make sure to put appliances at proper reaching height along with adjacent storage. Do not place cabinet shelves higher than a healthy reaching height. Use drawers below countertops for heavy items to avoid a high amount of strain. Trust us, going this route with your layout will make you feel like a new and improved person!
Did you know one of the main contributing factors to utility bills is from kitchen appliances? It’s true, there is literally a smorgasbord of savings. When remodeling your kitchen try to think about new appliances that could offer cost savings and are environmentally friendly. Why not redo your kitchen and cash in on some savings at the same time? ENERGY STAR™-qualified refrigerators use 15% less energy than non-qualified models. According to energy.gov models with top-mounted freezers use 10%-25% less energy than side-by-side or bottom-mount units.
When you start shopping for new appliances look for the ENERGY STAR™ label. If you want to be more friendly towards our beautiful planet you can also consider using sustainable materials like salvaged wood, or bamboo for flooring, counter-tops, and cabinets.
Also, keep in mind that space can play a vital role in energy savings. If you are maximizing your current kitchen space, a heating or cooling system with greater capacity may be needed. While most residential systems are already oversized, it is important to be cautious. Make sure to pay attention to how the newly redesigned space will be heated, cooled, and ventilated and how that can impact the rest of the house. A careful redesign could even correct other pre-existing problems like drafts, stuffiness, and condensation. Extra insulation, air sealing, proper window orientation, and other structural improvements can reduce heating and cooling needs. It is super easy nowadays to be eco-friendly and your guests will appreciate it too!
There are also some special financial incentives you can get from choosing to go green with your kitchen remodel. There are energy-saving rebates offered by government entities. There are also sales at home improvement stores, cash rebates for trading in old appliances, and even remodeling grants with low or sometimes even no-interest loans!
Meet Your Family’s Needs
If your family is growing or it’s already too big, it is really time to get a new kitchen! You need a space that not only works for your everyday needs but your families. Trust us, it will take a lot of stress off of you. Adding to your growing family means you need more seating space, counter space, perhaps a larger oven or stove even, and tons of storage and cabinets.
It is normal to feel like you need something new in life. Perhaps you just moved into your first house, but hate that kitchen. Or you just want to be a new version of yourself, but to do that your space needs to be reinvented. The best way to go about that is just ripping off the band aid and starting the process of a kitchen renovation. It is important to love the space you are in.
Feng Shui is recommended by design experts. If you have never heard of feng shui let us explain. Also known as Chinese geomancy, the goal is to create balance with the natural world in our interior spaces, by using energy forces to create harmony between an individual and their environment. You can easily bring feng shui into your kitchen remodel. Have multiple points and levels of lighting throughout the kitchen by layering the light. Avoid darker tones when painting your kitchen or giving it themes. If you want to incorporate dark just have a healthy balance of light and lighter tones throughout.
Love The Space You’re In
Kitchen remodeling is not as hard as you think, especially with the help of professional renovators. It is important to pick a trusted professional to renovate your kitchen, mistakes could cost you big time, and that even means if you choose to do it yourself. Professionals will have insurance, preparation, planning, a schedule, and connections to create your dream kitchen with ease. If you are located in Southeastern Massachusetts reach out to us here at Renovate Residential. We offer free estimates when you provide us your information, we can make your dream kitchen a reality and all within your budget! Don’t forget, if you are scared of the cost, think of the overall value you will add to your home just by giving it a new kitchen; and remember, you deserve this!