Measurements and Layout
First things first - measure your space. Before ordering any appliances, fixtures, or cabinets, have us or another professional re-measure your space. If there's any discrepancy, take a third measurement to ensure accuracy. When it comes to kitchen renovation, the popular phrase "measure twice, cut once" is not just a mantra - it is an imperative.
A kitchen remodel is about fitting your family lifestyle and making your house your home. Consider that a typical homeowner today might have a microwave, electric stove top, coffee maker, juicer, crock pot, tea kettle, toaster oven, and a mixer or multiple high electrical usage appliances operating simultaneously.
Kitchen wiring that is decades old might not be able to supply such demand without rewiring.
Putting outlets on separate circuits, installing GFIs (grounded fault interrupter) near water, having light switches near doorways, and upgrading the panel box might be necessary to bring your house up to code.
Kitchen Remodeling in 2020 with Acosta Home & Air Pro
The Photo is Courtesy of J&K Cabinetry
In many homes, the kitchen is the hub for the family. During the day, the bathroom is typically used one person at a time. Occasionally the bathroom could have multiple users with one, say, brushing her teeth while another combs his hair.
At night, bedrooms become individual silos for parents and children to study or sleep. Meal prep, homework help, food consumption, light entertaining and ongoing conversation tends to center in the kitchen.
To make the most of the room you spend the most time with friends and family, start the conversation with us in our showroom or online for the design of your kitchen, acquisition of fixtures, and installation of your project.
Among the most typical kitchen layouts are:
In terms of leveraging your budget, it is usually more economical to follow the existent layout. Unless you are planning on selling your home within a brief timeframe, try to solve as many problems as possible to avoid revisiting the same issue repeatedly - possibly at significantly more cost and certainly more worry.
While avoiding rerouting plumbing or rewiring electricity can save you money, do not limit the possibilities to your existent layout. There are reasonable trade-offs for accepting more sub-structure costs to gain significant improvements in flow and functionality.
With the dimensions in hand and a layout in mind, now you can credibly begin to tackle options for cabinets, countertops, fixtures, kitchen appliances, lighting, accessories, floor and wall tile.
If you have not already done so, begin layering in your time frame and your budget.
If your kitchen remodeling costs are north of $50,000 or even exceed six figures, likely there is significant electrical and plumbing work. Your construction project might include knocking down walls or integrating your kitchen to your family room or extending it to your outside space such as a patio or deck.
Unless you have an artistic eye or prior experience, at this level you want to engage an interior designer or a general contractor. If your project is going to employ multiple trades or take several weeks, you will benefit from having a professional on top of the process. Yes, they are professionals and they are not free.
With that said, they are often able to obtain volume discounts and achieve lower average costs than you might be able to on your own.
They are able to marshal the resources and the professional to finish your project on time.
Most importantly, a trusted professional will steer you clear of pitfalls, get your permits approved correctly, and share insights from their experiences elsewhere to add value to your project.
Budget and Installation
If your budget is under $5,000, then you could find some savings by painting a wall instead of installing a backsplash. Perhaps you could replace hardware and refinish your cabinets instead of replacing them.
Another option would be to scour local shops for a remnant slab instead of getting your most desired stone customized for your layout. This route makes more sense if you plan on being in your space for a short time and you are mostly concerned with addressing serious shortcoming to better facilitate a sale.
If your budget ranges up to $25,000 your options increase significantly. With a good designer, you can mix and match high end, mid-range, and budget elements to create a space with impact and functionality. If you had a kitchen island that was, say, 4*6 or 24 square feet, a stone countertop that costs $100 per square foot to purchase and install would take up about 10% of your budget. You could fit it in - but might have to make tradeoffs elsewhere.
If you purchased $15,000 custom cabinets, it would leave you little money for other top of the line fixtures, such as a stainless-steel refrigerator.
So, what are good trade-offs to make? Can you compartmentalize your renovation project or do it in stages? If you are employing many trades, such as plumber and electrician, at what point might it make sense to source out your project management to a general contractor?
For a truly professional installation, you are not paying for the hours worked; rather you are paying for the expertise provided. At Acosta Home & Air Pro, we know that while you may be excited about the prospect of a kitchen remodeling project, the joy is in completing the journey and living your life in your new kitchen. Our objective is to deliver your project on time, on budget, at or exceeding specifications so that you can live your dreams and get the most of your investment. Come join our growing roster of satisfied customers and consider leaving us a review on Google My Business.