The kitchen is the heart of your home, so it’s no wonder a kitchen remodel is a top priority of many clients. This is a space that comes with many utilities and demands, so it’s crucial that it is practical, functional, and of course, beautiful. Planning a kitchen remodel can be thrilling, but if not properly planned, can also be overwhelming. There are many misconceptions when it comes to planning a new kitchen, and today we’re going to clear up a few of these myths.
Myth #1: You can DIY your kitchen remodel
It’s fun to look at the DIY Before & After images online and dream about tackling your kitchen remodel yourself. But the truth is, many people don’t realize what a large undertaking a kitchen remodel can be. While many projects can be done DIY, it’s extremely important to complete a kitchen remodel correctly. Not just for safety reasons, but so it can harmonize with the rest of your home and ultimately, add value.
Remodeling an entire kitchen is a lot more complicated than just installing a new floor or resurfacing some cabinets. Yes, hiring an experienced contractor costs more than doing it DIY, but it will save you money in the end when you don’t have to redo your work or pay for accidental damage. More on why you should hire a professional contractor here.
Myth #2: Don’t spend more than x% on your kitchen remodel
There are many degrees of remodeling. Your overall goals will determine your overall budget. If you’re only updating a few components, like lighting and wall coverings for example, you won’t need as large a budget as if you’re ripping out cabinets, installing new appliances, and so on. It’s safe to assume a kitchen remodeling budget of anywhere between 5-15% of your overall home value, once you determine the items you’d like to update. A good contractor can do anything from a cosmetic remodel to a complete rebuild – it’s up to you to decide what to spend.
Myth #3: Your kitchen should reflect latest trends
To get the most mileage out of your kitchen remodel, think about how you’ll be using your kitchen for the next decade, rather than scoping out the latest trends. Don’t waste money on something that is beautiful but doesn’t suit your family’s needs. If you plan on selling your home soon, consult with your contractor about the best bang for your buck to increase property value and make it appealing to a buyer. Trends are fun, but risky – something that is completely on trend now could be outdated in just a few short years.
Myth #4: The lighting plan can come later
A great lighting plan can make all the difference in the overall aesthetic of your kitchen. Spend some time discussing lighting with your contractor early on in the planning process, so you can be sure it will be lit properly and all the electrical elements are in place before finalizing cosmetic finishes. A good contractor will be able to help you understand how your kitchen should be lit and will be a be a great resource in selecting lighting selections.
Myth #5: Cheap floors will save you money
Of all the elements in a kitchen, the floor often gets the most use, so cutting corners with cheap flooring is a recipe for disaster. It also ties your whole kitchen together, so skimping on this element in favor of splurging elsewhere will never be a good idea. Cheap flooring will often need replacing in a couple of years anyway, so you won’t be saving much in the end. Just like good lighting, choosing high quality flooring is essential to creating a functional, welcoming space that will last for years to come. An experienced contractor will work with you to find a flooring solution early on in the planning process.
The most important aspect of your kitchen remodel is working with a contractor that you trust. A great kitchen makeover is a big job and can take time, but the right contractor will help you achieve the kitchen of your dreams while staying in budget and experiencing minimal hiccups.