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Tips for Your Next Kitchen Remodel

by Marquette Turner Luxury Homes

in Design & Trends, DIY, Interior Design, Variety

Owning a home is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make, and you likely want your home to hold its value in case you ever decide you want to sell, but you also probably want to enjoy it while you’re living there as well. That means that over the course of your ownership you’ll likely complete a number of projects to make your house a home. From basement finishing and bathroom remodels to additions and building decks, there are a variety of home improvement projects you can accomplish that will beautify your home and increase its value. One of the most popular home improvement projects is the kitchen remodel. Before getting started with your remodel project, you’ll want to follow a few guidelines to ensure your project is a success.

Have a Design in Mind

You should never walk into a home improvement project without a plan, and that cannot be more important than when completing a kitchen remodel. Before you start knocking down walls, ripping out cabinets, and tearing up floors you should know what you want to accomplish with your remodel and how you plan to do it. If you’re good with drawing up plans you can try it yourself, but you may be better off having a professional draft up your plans.

Use a Budget

It’s easy to go over budget when you’re doing a home improvement project, especially one as comprehensive as a kitchen remodel. To avoid this, know how much money you’re willing to spend going into the project. If you aren’t sure what you should be spending, use this simple rule of thumb and try not to spend more than 15% of your home’s total value. That means if you own a $100,000 home, you shouldn’t spend more than $15,000 on your renovation.


Manage Priorities

While you may want your kitchen to include all stainless steel appliances, recessed lighting, handmade cabinets, and a commercial grade oven with a hood, it may not be a realistic goal if you need to consider cost. You can still complete an incredible kitchen remodel on a reasonable budget if you know how to manage your priorities and where to focus your money and resources. Splurge on one standout piece, such as a nice tile backsplash, to give your kitchen some personality.

Reuse Pieces when Possible

If your kitchen cabinets are in good condition but you don’t like the way they look, save yourself some money and opt to refinish them rather than scrapping and replacing them entirely. Cabinets tend to be the most expensive part of a kitchen remodel, so if you can get another few years out of them it may be worth doing.

Stick with Your Plans

Once you get moving on your project, it can be tempting to want to change up your design plans halfway once you see your vision come to life. However, unless you have unlimited resources and don’t mind pushing back the completion date on your project, you should refrain from changing up your design once you get started on your project unless it’s absolutely necessary.

Get Professional Help

Unless you’re an expert at electrical work, plumbing, and carpentry, you may need to bring in outside help in order to complete your project properly and efficiently. Get estimates from reputable companies in your area before choosing one. You may be surprised at how affordable hiring a professional can be, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing your project is in capable hands. Bringing a home renovation project to life can be an exciting process, especially if you’ve done your prep work and have a solid plan. If managed properly, you should be left with a beautiful room that will bring you and your family years of joy and togetherness.

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