Creating your dream kitchen in Knoxville and the surrounding areas takes time, money, and lots of patience. Time to plan, and time to implement. Money to get the features you want the first time because you do not want to do this very often. And of course patience to deal with the unknown factors. At Bizzy B Plumbing & Home Improvement we can “B” there for you every step of the way.
1. Time: Give yourself plenty of it. Don’t make spur of the moment decisions on features, space, and design. You should spend some time looking at kitchens that interest you and the cost of them to get a good base to start from.
- Examine the existing area. Take lots of measurements to get a clear idea of the dimensions of your current layout, and the space you have to work with.
- Pros & cons. Ask yourself what you like about your current kitchen. Then ask yourself what features you would like to see changed.
- Make goals. Create a list of all your kitchen remodel goals. Include everything from simple colors, to more in depth tasks like cabinet & drawer organization, and decorative elements
2. Money: Set A Budget. Try to spend no more than 25% of the total market value of your home on your kitchen remodel. This should help to come up with a reasonable budget.
- The most important part of any kitchen remodel is deciding how much to spend. Come up with a firm number for the overall remodel first. If you try to make budget determinations feature by feature or appliance by appliance, you can quickly exhaust your budget. Buy early and set delivery when needed. Shop around well before the remodel starts to get the best deals.
- Be realistic, don’t go crazy. Consider all the features involved like flooring, lighting, electrical outlet placement, insulation, paint, appliances, cabinets, and counter-tops. All of these features can impact the value of your home and home-owners insurance. You will not see a return on your investment, until you sell your home. Home values are not static, so there is no definite way to predict how much the value of your home will rise due to your kitchen remodeling work. Anything that improves the style and usability of your home is generally worth it.
- Set aside a contingency fund of 20%. This buffer will cover contingency expenses. Things do not always unfold as planned during a kitchen remodel, so it is wise to create a little extra money to cover the unexpected issues that can and will arise.
3. Patience: Well, need we say more. Kitchen remodels can take a toll on you and you need to keep in mind the impact they will have on everyday living in your home. Try not to walk in your kitchen for a day. It is not as easy as you think. Remodels can be unpredictable and there will be delays and set backs. Just remember it will all be worth it when completed.