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Kitchen Remodeling: Where It Makes Sense to Spend Your Dollars

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 @ 07:02 AM

Kitchen remodeling where it makes sense to spend your dollarsIf you’re planning to remodel your Rochester-area kitchen, you should also plan on spending a significant amount of money. It’s a simple fact of life. But spending more money won’t necessarily make you happier with the end result. Spending your money on the right things in your kitchen renovation, however, is a different story. So where does it make sense to spend your hard-earned dollars when remodeling your kitchen?

The answer, of course, depends on what you want to get out of your kitchen. If you have an active family, you may want lots of space for the family to congregate. You may want to incorporate eating space into the design. You may want to allow for heavy traffic in the kitchen. And you almost certainly will want to plan for lots of storage. Those are the areas where you’ll want to spend your money, because they’ deliver the most benefit.

If, on the other hand, you’ve always dreamed of having a gourmet kitchen, you’ll probably want to spend more on appliances (specifically a professional range) and on food preparation space and convenience.

If you entertain a lot, you’ll most likely think in terms of things that make entertaining in the kitchen more pleasurable (maybe a built-in wine cooler, or extra counter space, or a big walk-out area onto a deck).

It all comes down to functionality: Spend your money on the things you’ll use the most.

Regardless of how you plan to use your kitchen, there are some “big-ticket” items that can consume your budget quickly. Here’s a brief look at a few of them.

Countertops: A stone countertop costs considerably more than a laminate countertop. It’s also considerably more durable, and it will add beauty and value to your kitchen. If you want the countertop to be the focal point of your kitchen, you will probably want to spend more on it.

Appliances: This goes back to how you plan to use your kitchen. If you have children (or entertain a lot) you may want to spend a bit more on a heavy-duty dishwasher that will stand up to frequent use. Another thing to keep in mind is that some appliances will wear out faster than others. Your cook top will probably outlast your refrigerator, so make sure you like it! And as far as color goes, designers keep coming up with new “hip” colors, but stainless steel remains the most popular choice. Chances are it won’t look outdated anytime soon.

Cabinets:  Your kitchen cabinets will probably be the single most expensive item in your renovation. Some people get too hung up on color and wood styles. While that’s important to the look of your kitchen, don’t forget about functionality. Cabinets with soft-close drawers and doors are worth the money for you own enjoyment and convenience and for resale. And something you absolutely should consider is storage—both in terms of the amount of space—and in terms of convenience.

Take timeless over cutting edge when it comes to style. Some decorating/design ideas are hip and fun. But they can look dated very quickly. Choose timeless style that will still look great years down the road, and use the hipper things as accents.

If you’re looking for additional insights in how to create the ideal kitchen for you, download our free Comprehensive Guide to Designing Your Ideal Kitchen. Among other things, it will help you discover how to design a kitchen that fits your personal style. 

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Topics: Rochester area kitchen remodeling, designing for kitchen functionality, kitchen countertops, cabinets, and appliances

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