Kitchen Remodel Guide
The heart and soul of your home, your kitchen and bathrooms are places where you recharge and rejuvenate. When you find that you dread spending time in these rooms, perhaps it’s time to call on the experts at Rochester Flooring Kitchen & Bath Carpet One Floor & Home in Rochester, NY.
Are you longing to change your kitchen but aren’t sure where to begin? Now is the time to take a careful inventory of your space and your main style and function goals. Get started by asking yourself the questions below. This will help to determine kitchen layout, materials, budget, and project timeline.
Our experts recommend creating an idea board to give yourself a chance to see the bigger picture. Cabinets, countertops, layout plans, lighting, and flooring are essential components of a perfect kitchen. Consider the upfront costs versus ongoing value. The National Kitchen & Bath Association recommends budgeting up to 15% of your home’s value towards your kitchen remodel. Ask us about our financing packages if you need help making your dreams a reality!
Key Elements to Consider
Kitchen Layout: What is the current layout, single wall, L-shape, Galley or U-shape with island and will it remain the same or would you like to something different?
Kitchen Cabinets & Countertops: Cabinets and countertops are the backbone of the kitchen and are typically the biggest investment in the remodel. Each provide functionality and design aspects and will need to work together. Learn more about cabinets and countertops here.
Kitchen Flooring: Kitchens are certainly one of the most popular rooms in the house and the sheer amount of foot traffic mean they require a firm, sturdy and easy to clean floor. However, that doesn’t mean a compromise in style, luxury vinyl and tile offer both function and beauty.
Kitchen Lighting: The way we light our home environment effects the functionality of the space. Choosing the best combination of task, ambient and accent and decorative lighting can bring your room to life.
Preparing a Budget
It’s important to have an estimate of what you would like to spend on your kitchen remodel. A basic kitchen remodel or refresh can range between $15,000 - $40,000, while a very extensive kitchen remodel can be over $50,000.
Cost vs Value
The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) recommends budgeting 10-15% of the value of your home for a kitchen remodel. For example, is your home is valued at $150,000, set a budget of $15,000 - $22,500. A kitchen remodel can see up to an 78% return on your investment according to 2020 Cost vs Value National Report!
As kitchen remodels are a substantial investment, many homeowners choose to make payments over time. Researching credit options is a must.
Although uncommon, some remodeling companies do offer financing. Rochester Flooring Kitchen & Bath has a special financing program facilitated by Synchrony Bank.
Most successful kitchen renovations begin with an in-home design consultation. This means one of our talented designers will come to your home, conduct a thorough analysis, and discuss your overall project goals. Your lifestyle and activities will dictate many of your needs and help your designer personalize your space. He or she will also take measurements and offer several viable solutions to ongoing challenges.
Consider the following when preparing for your consultation:
Are you an entertainer – do you love having people at your home for meals and parties? Then you may want to consider a wine fridge, a large island for people to gather, and an open layout.
Is family most important – do you have a full house and hectic schedule? You might consider durable and easy to clean cabinets and countertops, a trash compactor, and a quick and easy place to eat in the kitchen.
Are you a serious home chef or “foodie” – do you enjoy cooking from scratch and have all the kitchen gadgets? You may need amble cookware storage, an area for food prep or a large pantry.
Measurement and space planning is important. For instance, when designing walk-ways and planning paths around islands they should be about 35” wide, and cooking zones should be about 42” for a one-cook kitchen and 48” wide for two cooks.
Your kitchen designer will assist in translating your ideas and inspiration into a beautiful and functional space utilizing a selection of materials and items that compliment your taste, needs and budget. Our team reviews the plan to make sure any structural changes are safe. Then our design consultants use a virtual kitchen software program to create a 3D rendering and design plan based on your design elements, goals, and selections.
Choosing your selection of products before you start your renovation project makes sure you stay on budget and keeps your project moving along faster.
Receiving a detailed Scope of Work sheet that outlines all the work that is to be completed, the products that will be used and the total cost of the job ensures both homeowner and contractors are on the same page.
Kitchen renovations can be a stressful undertaking, but with a little planning on your part, it need not overwhelm you. Our professional team will work hard to ensure that your project runs as smoothly as possible.
Here are some additional helpful tips:
Our experts recommend setting up a temporary kitchen area in an adjacent space: having a working microwave, prep area, and refrigerator will help alleviate the stress if you’re home during construction.
Remove artwork, knick-knacks, and other fragile items and store them away properly.
Create storage space for construction materials and tools – especially if there are small children in the home.
Remember that pitfalls can arise at times, so it’s wise to have realistic expectations.
Be aware of the impact of last-minute changes as they can impact project cost and timeline.
Rochester Flooring Kitchen & Bath store is your local flooring kitchen designer for all of Rochester and Brighton, NY.