Remodel Your Kitchen For Great Return on
Remodeling a current home instead of buying a new one is a popular
decision among homeowners in today’s economy and housing market.
It’s also a wise choice, for when the time comes to sell, the return
on investment for many remodeling projects is significant,
especially in the kitchen.
According to the 2008-2009 Cost vs. Value Report from Remodeling
Magazine, the national average cost recouped from a major, mid-range
kitchen remodel is 76 percent. And until you’re ready to resell,
you’ll have a beautiful kitchen designed for your lifestyle.
“For many people, the kitchen is the most important, and busiest
room in the house,” says Connie Edwards, certified kitchen and
bathroom designer and director of design for Shenandoah Cabinetry.
“Whether you’re remodeling to create the kitchen of your dreams, or
to simply increase the value of your home, keep in mind that you, or
the next family, will spend a lot of time in this room. You’ll want
to make it as comfortable, beautiful and functional as possible
without breaking the bank.”
Before you take that first step and begin demolition, Edwards offers
a few vital tips to help create your dream kitchen, save precious
time and increase your home’s value.
Plan, Plan, Plan -- Good design begins with a great plan. It takes
thoughtful preparation and while a bit complex, it’s also exciting.
A kitchen remodel is a big investment, so know how much you are
willing to spend and plan ahead on the layout and design features.
If you do, it will be easier to manage your budget and completion
date. Keep in mind that hardware, paint and wall coverings can
easily be updated to reflect the latest trends, but make sure your
big purchases like cabinetry, countertops and appliances are
something you can live with for years.
Think About the Way You Live -- Your new kitchen design should be
based on the way your family lives. How many people will be in the
kitchen at one time? In addition to cooking, will you use your
kitchen for dining, entertaining or homework? Does anyone in your
family have special needs? Do you need a lot of storage? Prepare an
inspiration folder of ideas you’ve seen in magazines or digital
pictures you’ve taken of elements you like. The more you share with
your kitchen design specialist, the easier it will be for them to
get that sense of your family’s lifestyle.
Your Personal Style -- When selecting your kitchen cabinets, are you
traditional, contemporary or somewhere in between? Manufacturers
like Shenandoah Cabinetry offer hundreds of door style options and
accessories. Before you head to your local Lowe’s, it’s important to
know your style so your designer can help create a unique,
customized look. Think about what appeals to you -- styles,
finishes, colors, etc. From a practical standpoint, review your
priorities -- your “must haves” -- against your target budget.
Pay Attention to Detail -- It’s the little things that make a big
difference. Beautiful details allow you to really personalize your
new kitchen. To give your kitchen a custom-like look, consider
adding decorative accents such as molding build-ups, ornaments and
corbels. Including decorative accessories such as hardware, glass
door inserts and under cabinet lighting can also make the room
sparkle. Visit a kitchen design specialist at your local home center
to discover even more ways you can add the perfect touch.
Use Space Efficiently -- No matter the size of your kitchen, it’s
important to maximize space and keep things organized. Accessories
such as the Base Pot & Pan Organizer, Roll Out Tray Divider and
Spice Door Cabinet from Shenandoah’s Organization Options help create
a kitchen that is as hardworking as it is beautiful.
Take Measurements -- Be prepared with accurate measurements of your
current space and double check your work. You can download tools
like grid paper at
www.ShenandoahCabinetry.com/planner.asp. Have your installer
validate the dimensions or obtain professional measurements. Your
kitchen design specialist will appreciate your detailed information.
This will also help avoid measurement errors that can lead to costly
delays and incorrect product orders.
For most people, the kitchen is the heart of their home. It’s where
families and friends congregate and busy lives intersect. It’s where
we prepare meals, eat, share, learn and celebrate. For more
remodeling tips and design ideas to help make your kitchen the heart
of your home, visit
www.ShenandoahCabinetry.com or speak with a kitchen design
specialist at your local home center.
~ Courtesy of: ARA Content