3 kitchen remodel myths debunkedThere are three common myths that prevent homeowners from planning and performing their kitchen remodels, even though the remodel would make their kitchen more functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Getting the Kitchen I Want Is Too Expensive

Getting the kitchen you want doesn’t have to be overly expensive. The average kitchen remodel, according to HomeAdvisor, ranges between $11,000 and $29,000. When you go to create your kitchen remodel budget, calculate how much money you have to spend. Thirty to 40% of your budget should be put towards new cabinets. However, if your current cabinets are in good condition, you may want to consider painting them or replacing the pull knobs. This would allow you to spend more on your budget on other items, including granite or quartz countertops and better flooring.

Your countertops should comprise 10 to 15% of your overall budget. Lighting, flooring, new doors and windows and painting or fixing your walls and ceiling should comprise 21 to 25 percent of your budget. It is recommended that you spend 8 to 14 percent on new appliances, and installation and labor charges should comprise 15 to 25 percent of your budget.

For example, if you plan to spend $22,000 on your kitchen renovation, you should plan on spending $8,000 for your cabinets, $3,000 for your countertops, $5,000 for new doors, windows, lights and paint, $2,800 for new appliances and $2,800 for labor. You should also add an extra 10 to 15 percent to your budget for unforeseen expenses.

I Can Leave My Kitchen Remodel to the Professionals

A common misconception many homeowners have is that once they hire the professionals to remodel their kitchens, they will not have to make any decisions. This type of thinking virtually always results in a kitchen remodel that does not meet the homeowner’s needs or match the homeowner’s ideas for their new kitchen.

The initial planning phase should involve looking for kitchen remodeling ideas, figuring out what you need to make your kitchen more functional and setting a realistic budget for your home improvement project. You should also decide on cabinet styles, countertops, flooring, color schemes, appliances and fixtures. Making most of the basic decisions prior to hiring a contractor and starting construction will improve your experience and lead to a kitchen that matches your desires.

The initial planning phase, hiring the contractors, demolishing the old kitchen and installing the new kitchen can take as long as seven months. The actual construction process lasts between one and two months.

Architects Are a Waste of Money

Many homeowners erroneously believe that hiring a professional architect is a waste of money. This is not true. A professional architect can make sure your kitchen flows and is as functional as it is visually appealing. An architect will also go to great lengths to give you the style you want without making the room look like it belongs in a separate house.

Your architect will also make sure you have enough room in your kitchen for all of your counters and appliances. A good rule of thumb is to make sure that you have between 42 and 48 inches of space in front of all your appliances and counters. Having less room means that you may not be able to open your refrigerator and oven doors completely or have enough space in front of your counters to prep food and cook.

If you plan to rearrange the fixtures in your kitchen like your sink, refrigerator and stove, an architect can show you the drawings and make suggestions before construction begins. This will save you time and money, because it is time consuming and costly to change remodeling plans after the work has started.



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