When you’re considering a remodel of your kitchen, it’s hard not to want to upgrade every little thing to match the beautiful kitchens we all know and love on HGTV. From the cabinets to the lighting, to the flooring, it’s hard to navigate what they best decisions will be. How do you decide what to do when there’s so much possibility and so much excitement around the prospect of a new kitchen? In order to make the best decisions, you need to get clear on what the end goal is. If you’re remodeling your kitchen in Scottsdale, Arcadia, or the Phoenix area, Pankow Construction is ready to walk through these choices with you.
In order to gain clarity on the end goal, we need to look into the potential trade-offs. What are you going to be saying no to while you’re saying yes to something else, and why. We’ve come up with a list for you. Let’s take a look:
Here are 7 trade-offs to consider when remodeling your kitchen:
Value vs. Cost
The total cost of your remodel will greatly depend on the quality of the items that you’re choosing to include. Are you going to pick the most basic finishes and features, or are you going to splurge to have a top of the line look? Can you save money on some of it while you splurge on others? In some situations, if the item is going to bring you great pleasure in the kitchen and actually make a big difference for you, that would be a great opportunity to spend a little extra money. If the item is going to save you a lot of time and keep you away from the tasks that you despise doing in the kitchen, there’s no problem with adding a little efficiency and taking it off of your plate with a slightly larger investment up front.
Here are a few questions to consider when you’re debating on the value and cost of different kitchen additions.
1. Does this solve a pet peeve of mine?
2. Will it improve my day to day life and routine?
3. Will it increase the value of my home and prove to be good ROI?
Looking at the overall value of the item will help you to determine whether or not it’s going to be worth it to spend the extra money on a higher quality product. If you’re spending a lot of time doing that one thing that this particular item would reduce, then it’s a great idea. If you don’t use the item a lot because you’re using other items more, then you should save your money. Think about your daily routine in your kitchen and go from there.
Routine Use vs. Entertainment
How many people are in and out of your kitchen and actually using it every day? Do you tend to host small to large gatherings often, or do you only have some family members over a couple times a year? Consider how many people will be using the kitchen as your family grows over the years too.
If your large parties of people entail of quite a few extra hands in the kitchen, you need to factor that in when you’re deciding on how large of a countertop, stove range, and other items you should be considering for your remodel. It’s recommended to maximize your expected capacity and accommodation in order to avoid a remodel down the road because you don’t have enough kitchen space, oven space, burners on the stove, and more.
If you are a couple that doesn’t entertain much and doesn’t plan on growing the family, then an oversized kitchen with large appliances and tons of counter space may really not make sense for you.
Form vs. Function
When you’re planning your kitchen remodel, the aesthetics are where you’re likely going to get a little hung up. You may have always wanted that second sink because it looks amazing, but do you really need it? Form over function deals with the layout of the kitchen and the type and size of items that you’re adding to it.
While you may want the beautiful granite countertop and all of the high-end things, most people’s budgets really can’t handle that load. You will need to decide whether or not it’s the look that matters most to you or the functionality of your kitchen as a whole. You need to consider how many people will be in your kitchen, how often you’re using it, what exactly you’re using in it, how many people are helping you in the kitchen, and what style of food you like to cook.
If you aren’t much of a cook, you can definitely lean more on the side of aesthetics rather than functionality. If you enjoy cooking and you’re in your kitchen all of the time, then it would make sense to learn more about the functionality side and make the decisions to accommodate your cooking routines. There are ways you can cut back your budget on both sides by choosing materials that are less expensive. Whether you’re choosing a slightly less expensive countertop material, backsplash, or flooring, sometimes you can get the best of both worlds when it comes to this trade-off. It’s just going to take a little compromise and research.
Patience vs. Speed
As with any remodeling project, you will want to consider the timeline of the renovation as a whole. How long can you afford to have your kitchen be under construction? Are you going to be living in your home while it’s occurring or are you staying somewhere else? Are you going to be able to manage not being able to cook in your kitchen for a little while? A lot of homeowners find it difficult to be patient throughout the process and find themselves rushing when it comes to making certain decisions.
If you can, it’s important to properly plan out the project and take it as slow as possible. You don’t want to rush into a decision for a feature that you don’t love, only to realize later that you really didn’t want it. If you give yourself time in the process, you’ll be much happier in the long run.
If you are planning to live in your home for a long time, then it’s important to take renovation projects like these slower so that you’re investing in your daily routine and happiness. If you’re remodeling to sell your home soon, then not everything needs to be exactly perfect and all of the work you’re doing is an investment into the value of the home for the sale.
Reality vs. Fantasy
A lot of homeowners will convince themselves of certain things when it comes to the other categories above like functionality and value. They may think they spend a lot more time in the kitchen than they do, or they may convince themselves that once they remodel, then they will be all about their time in the kitchen when they were never really like that before. The reality is that most of the time, your habits are not going to change for the long term once you upgrade your kitchen.
It’s important to consider your current habits as honestly and truthfully as possible so that you make the best decisions for your home remodel. If in reality, you don’t need that extra sink, then don’t get the extra sink. If you don’t ever use the kitchen, don’t get a massive stove top range and double oven.
This is going to save you from looking back on your kitchen renovation and thinking about how you really didn’t need that extra feature and that you could have saved a lot of money on it. The bottom line is to be realistic about the choices that you’re making for your kitchen based on your personal circumstances, and without judgment.
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Staying vs. Selling
Are you remodeling your kitchen because you’re planning on selling your home in the next year to five years? You may be simply adding upgraded features in order to increase the value of your home when it comes time to sell. Or you may be remodeling your kitchen while planning to live in your home for yours and years to come. Regardless, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and want to choose all of the best things.
If you’re planning on selling your home soon, you don’t need to pick all of the top dollar renovations with all of the bells and whistles in order to get a return on your investment. Simply make the upgrades that you know will add value, and save your money for the rest. The whole project doesn’t need to turn into the perfect HGTV style kitchen or one that you see in all of the magazines. It simply needs to look upgraded and new, with the features that potential buyers love when they’re on the hunt for the perfect home.
If you are planning on living in your home for the next ten years and beyond, you will definitely want to pick the items that are going to add a lot of value to your daily life. Choose higher quality and spend that extra bit of money if it means that you are going to be happier looking at it and living in it. You can take your renovation projects a lot slower and be sure to get exactly what you’re wanting.
Over Improvement vs. Just the Right Touch
There is such a thing as over improving your kitchen and that’s based on your home’s overall value. It’s suggested to keep your renovations within a budget that’s equal to 15% of the total value of your home. You want to keep your kitchen renovations on par with the rest of your home and not add too much. This is especially important if you’re looking to sell your home in the short term after renovating.
From there, you will work your budget around for all of the items that you’re planning to renovate. No matter what, it’s important to stick to that budget cap to be sure that you end up getting a good return on your investment without sinking too much money into it.
Also, if the rest of your home is slightly outdated looking, you’re not going to want to add the most immaculate, beautiful, high-end kitchen that anyone has ever seen. You will want to keep the flow of your home going all throughout the features that you’re adding. If you’re considering remodeling more than just your kitchen than that’s another story and you can look at remodeling your kitchen at a budget percentage of the estimated value of your home once all of the renovations are fully complete.
Again, it all depends on how much longer you and your family personally plan to spend living in the home and what that investment is going to bring to you in regard to monetary return or overall quality of life return.
So where does that leave you?
Now that you have all of the different trade-offs and questions to ask yourself when it comes to remodeling your kitchen, or even your home as a whole, you can better make decisions on where to start and what exactly you want to do. You can decide where it makes the most sense to spend more money and where you can save.
You know how to choose between form and function. All of these things will help you get the most satisfaction out of your kitchen or home remodel project. If you living in Paradise Valley, Arcadia, Scottsdale, or Phoenix, Pankow Construction is a well-seasoned, highly sought out contractor that is ready to help you take on your next kitchen renovation project.