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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

Doing “Surgery” On the Heart Of Your Rochester Home

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, May 23, 2013 @ 20:05 PM

Doing suregery on the heart of your Rochester homeBuilders, designers and remodelers often refer to the kitchen as the “heart of the home.” That’s a sentiment many homeowners in the Rochester area would echo. After all, so much happens in the kitchen. Sure, it’s still the place where meals are prepared, but it’s also the hub of family life. Meals are eaten there. Impromptu family meetings happen there. Homework gets done in the kitchen. Bills get paid. And when it’s time to entertain, it seems like you just can’t get guests out of the kitchen.

The role of the kitchen has certainly expanded. But sometimes, that most important “organ” of the home needs a little surgery—especially if you’re living in an older home where the kitchen wasn’t designed to be the center of activity. Heart surgery—even if what we’re really talking about is kitchen remodeling—is serious business, and it needs to be done properly and with a good deal of forethought.

Before you jump into a major project such as remodeling your kitchen, you need to think through some pretty significant questions.

How do you create a kitchen that fits your personal lifestyle? There’s no “one-size-fits-all” solution for kitchen design. What works for your friends or neighbors may not be exactly right for you. Your family’s activities are unique to your family. You’ll want to think through how your kitchen design can accommodate your specific needs.

What’s your style? Some people like a more formal kitchen. Others are attracted by a more country or casual style. Others may be interested in a gourmet kitchen so they can pursue their passion for cooking. How do you go about marrying your kitchen’s style (form) with the functions you need it to allow? Put another way, “What do you really want from your kitchen?”

Failing to plan can mean planning to fail. Great kitchens don’t happen without good planning. But what are the specific steps you need to take to make sure you end up with the kitchen you want? What’s the step-by-step process? What do you need to do–and when do you need to do it?

At Gerber Homes we’ve been building and remodeling homes in the Rochester area since 1950. When it comes to “heart surgery” (kitchen remodeling) for your home, we’ve been around the block a time or two. But we know that it’s a big undertaking. That’s why we encourage you to download our free Optimal Kitchen Designs and Layouts guide. This no-obligation guide will answer a lot of the questions you have about creating the kitchen you’ve always wanted. It will give you new ideas about what you can do with your kitchen. And it will probably raise some new questions that we’ll be happy to answer.

If the heart of your home needs surgery, don’t worry. Get some answers that will give you the confidence to make the right moves for creating the kitchen of your dreams.


Topics: Rochester area kitchen remodeling, kitchen style, planning a kitchen remodeling, kitchen remodeling process

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