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Kitchen Renovations 101

Home owners spend more money on kitchen remodelling than on any other home improvement project. That's because kitchens are the hub of home life, and a source of pride.

You may even recover renovation costs by the value that your kitchen renovation brings to your home. Based from Remodelling magazine’s Cost vs Value Report, kitchen remodels in the $50,000 to $60,000 range recover about 69% of the initial project cost at the home’s resale. A minor kitchen remodel of about $18,500 does even better, returning more than 75% of your investment.


To maximize your return, Here are a few key points to remember to help you come up with great kitchen design ideas.

Establish priorities
It is recommended to spend at least six months planning your kitchens' remodeling project. That way, you won’t be tempted to change your mind during construction. Minimising change minimises the chance of increased construction costs.

Establish traffic patterns

A walkway through the kitchen should be at least 36 inches wide. Work aisles should be a minimum of 42 inches wide and at least 48 inches wide for households with multiple cooks.

Consider child safety.

kitchen with kidAvoid sharp, square corners on counter tops  and make sure microwave ovens are installed at the proper height—3 inches below the shoulder of the primary user but not more than 54 inches from the floor. If you want easy access to entertaining areas, such as a deck or patio, include a new exterior door into your plans.

Asses the need for an architect

An architect can simplify your kitchen renovation plans.They can help you make style decisions, anticipate potential problems, and schedule contractors. They will come for a fee though which may take up 5% to 15% of the total cost of your renovation. Nevertheless, you know that you'd have a knowledgeable arm who knows what you'd really need.

Stick to the plan and avoid changing the layout.

No matter what the size or scope of your kitchen renovation is, you can protect your budget by maintaining the same footprint. Keep existing walls in place and put new plumbing fixtures near existing plumbing pipes. This will save you the demolition and reconstruction costs plus you'll cut the amount of dust and debris your project generates.

Be practical on appliances

It’s easy to get carried away during your kitchen renovation project. A luxury-brand refrigerator may make eye-catching centrepieces, but they may not fit your cooking needs or lifestyle.
High-priced appliances are worth the investment if you’re an exceptional cook. Otherwise, save a lot with trusted brands that receive high marks at consumer review websites. Try to research online. Online purchases has proven to be cheaper than buying from the stores.

Infuse light into your kitchen

Good kitchen lighting helps you work safely and efficiently.
Install task lighting, led lights over sinks and food prep areas, assign at least two fixtures per task to eliminate shadows. Under-cabinet lights illuminate clean-up and are great for reading cookbooks. Pendant lights over counters should bring the light source close to work surfaces.

Be quality conscious

Functionality and durability should be your top priorities when renovating your kitchen. As tempting as they are! Resist low-quality bargains. Choose items with low maintenance and long warranty periods.

For instance, consider a solid-surface counter top. This may cost a little more, but with the proper care, they'll look great for a long time.

Consider checking online renovator stores like These vendors can actually lower prices of your items compared to the ones on the store since they don't have as much overhead and store expense.

For those renovating to sell, be aware that products with substantial warranties are a selling advantage. Individual upgrades don’t necessarily give you a 100% return. But they can give you an edge when it comes time to market your home.”

More storage, Less space

Add storage without bumping out walls. Install cabinets that reach the ceiling. Though they may cost more—and you might need a stepladder. They give you more storage space for Christmas platters and other once-a-year items. Not to mention you won’t have to dust cabinet tops.
Mount small shelving units on unused wall areas and inside cabinet doors; hang stock pots and large skillets on a ceiling-mounted rack and add hooks to the backs of closet doors for aprons, brooms, and mops. Use pull out pantries and pull-out storage rather than plain cabinets - They've proven to store more with less space.

Have an open and timely communication.

Having good rapport with your project manager or construction team, for when you have hired an architect and contractors, is essential for staying on budget.
Drop by the project during work hours.Your presence broadcasts your commitment to quality. Establish a routine.

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Hang a message board on site where you and the project manager can leave notes and messages. Give your email address and cell phone number to subs and team leaders.
Set house rules. Be clear about smoking, noise levels, available bathrooms, and appropriate parking.

Create accessibility when remodelling.

Incorporating universal design ideas in your project whether it be a kitchen ,bath ,laundry can add value to your home and also open up your home to new additional markets when it does become time to sell.

With these in mind hopefully your kitchen renovation project will no longer be a task but a happy renovation project you'd look forward to.

Happy renovating.

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