For homeowners across the country, kitchen remodeling projects are at the top of the home improvement to-do list. You may have even started daydreaming about your perfect kitchen during your first day in the house. From installing a kitchen island to replacing all the outdated cabinets, which can account for 40% to 50% of total kitchen remodeling costs, there are plenty of ways to tweak the look and feel of your kitchen. Not only will your dream kitchen give your entire a home a much better appearance, but it may even increase its resale value one day.
If left unattended and unchanged, kitchens can quickly become claustrophobic, lose practicality, and look completely dated. And while mint green retro appliances have come back into vogue, you don’t want your entire kitchen to look like it was designed in the 1950s. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways you can easily improve the most important room of your home.
First, set your budget
When deciding on the right kitchen remodeling projects, you can’t just throw money at contractors and expect everything to go well. First, you need to carefully set a realistic budget for your kitchen improvement plans. Spending a fortune on your remodeling projects will certainly help your kitchen look terrific, but you might not have enough money to even purchase groceries to go inside your updated kitchen. It’s imperative, for any home remodeling project, to set and stick to a realistic budget every step of the way.
Next, you need to carefully plan out each and every step of the remodeling process. Remember that starting multiple projects at once — even minor ones — can be expensive. If you don’t have the budget for a total kitchen renovation, then taking one kitchen remodeling project at a time is key. Your budget will inform your design choices in a number of ways. For instance, you may prefer stainless steel and granite in the kitchen, but wood and laminate may be better for your budget.
Ideally, you want to focus on improvements that both improve the functionality of your kitchen and improve its appearance. For instance, a kitchen island not only provides extra counter space, but it also gives your kitchen a modern look. Likewise, consider replacing cabinets, taking out a wall, or replacing old appliances
According to the National Association of Homebuilders, kitchen remodeling projects are the second most popular project. Fully 79% of home remodeling involves some type of kitchen upgrade. Of course, once you’ve tackled the kitchen, there are plenty of other ways to boost your home’s appearance and value.
How else can you improve the resale value of your home?
Here are some of the other common household remodeling projects, according to the NAH.
- Bathroom remodeling — 81%
- Kitchen remodeling projects — 79%
- Whole home remodeling — 49%
- Adding a new room — 47%
- Replacing and updating windows and doors — 36%
- Finishing a basement — 30%
- Bathroom additions — 28%
- Repairing property damage — 27%
- Building a deck — 26%
- Roofing — 25%
- Handyman services — 20%
- Sliding work — 20%
- Second story additions — 17%
- Enclosed or added garage — 16%
- Enclosed or added porch — 16%
- Historic preservation — 10%
- Finished attic — 4%
- Other — 3%
Don’t ever think that your home is stuck the way it is. It’s never too late to start improving the look and feel of your kitchen. Start planning out everything, carefully set a budget, and get all the right help in order to achieve your dream kitchen.