Kitchen remodeling renovation features to splurge or save on is the focus of today’s conversation.
Okay. You’ve made the decision to remodel or renovate your kitchen. Let’s work with this area first. Remodeling includes demo, construction and changing the existing design of a space or structure. Renovating details an update or restore consisting of mainly cosmetic changes. Let’s throw another R into the mix. Resale value is a choice point to consider when remodeling or renovating. I find the cost vs. value comparison from Remodeling Magazine both interesting and informative. It compares the average cost for 29 popular remodeling projects with the value the project retains at resale in 99 U.S. markets.
Undertaking a kitchen remodel or renovation comes with a myriad of decisions. The answer to the kitchen remodeling renovation features to splurge or save on question is subjective to personal taste and lifestyle, while strongly influenced by and tailored to the existing structure, layout and budget.
Now that that’s established, let’s delve into the topic of kitchen remodeling renovation features to splurge or save on.
Tiffany Farha Design
The well appointed standalone kitchen island is a multi-functional focal point center of kitchen activity that packs a powerful one-two punch. The aesthetic lands the visual appeal while the design delivers navigational proficiency. Kitchen spaces and sizes vary from house to home, style to space. A large space with an open floor plan is a reality for some, a dream for others. This is where thoughtful kitchen design becomes crucial to the prep, cook, store and clean environment. Efficiency, distance and flow is key in regard to the design concept known as the kitchen work triangle. The work triangle connects the main task areas of the sink, range or cooktop and refrigerator. As a general rule, the sum of all three sides of the kitchen work triangle should be between 13 feet and 26 feet. Factor in the proximity to the sink, range and refrigerator kitchen work triangle and design with convenience in mind.
Specialty Stations and Appliances
We are a thirsty nation with a design need to accommodate said thirst. The increase in demand for kitchen specialty stations and specialty appliances is responsible for moving the gourmet coffee machine, commercial ice maker and wine chiller out of the luxury extra column and into the kitchen features splurge column.
Better Homes & Gardens
Optimum kitchen design successfully integrates lifestyle and necessity.
High-End Range, Rangetop or Cooktop
Gourmet cooks, home chefs, and entertainers extraordinaire know a high-end range, rangetop or cooktop is a must-have splurge of innovation, efficiency, functionality and performance. In the words of interior design Miles Redd, “buy the best, and you only cry once.”
Many brands of mid-range appliances offer a quality smart performance with a modern aesthetic for an affordable price. Quality is not necessarily accompanied by a budget busting price tag.
Douglas VanderHorn Architects
High-end appliances are price justified if the homeowner has no intention of selling the home. In terms of resale situation and return on your investment, high-end appliances may only appeal to niche buyers.
Convenience makes a fabulous sous chef. My preference for cooking on a gas cooktop or range is of no secret to Dave the Builder.
A pot filler makes the kitchen features wishlist however, moving electrical, gas and plumbing is expensive. Try, try as I may to justify the splurge on expense, a save on compromise is on the table. Hello, new electric cooktop and kitchen sink faucet.
When Dave the Builder & Company renovated our kitchen, we kept the existing cabinet and drawer boxes and went with custom fronts. This best of both worlds decision rendered significant savings.
Buckingham Raised Panel Cabinet Door
House Beautiful 2017 Kitchen of the Year
Customized countertop storage compartments, cabinets and drawers qualify as smart storage options to splurge on.
Wood-Mode Custom Cabinetry
Personal preference, purpose and performance drive the kitchen countertop choice. The durability in design and function makes granite an ever popular choice of kitchen countertop. Granite is a heat resistant natural stone that stands up and stands out in the kitchen.
When we were choosing materials for our kitchen, I knew I wanted granite countertops. Finding the cost of solid slabs prohibitive to budget control, granite tiles offered the look I wanted resulting in a save on feature.
Remodeling and renovation budgets adore quality products that deliver on all points of impressive design, style and affordability. Laminate, an affordable save on alternative, comes in striking pattern and color choices with the stylish look of a full granite. Change is a constant in kitchen styles and personal taste. The affordability of laminate countertops makes changing out the countertops in let’s say five years, when the next big trend in kitchen design floods the pins of Pinterest, or when the budget permits a valid option.
James Michael Howard
Dollars saved by going with a less expensive backsplash option such as subway tile equals dollars well spent on details such as a custom range hood. Subway tile is classic, on-trend, and budget friendly. You gotta pick and choose your kitchen remodeling renovation features to splurge or save on battles.
I’ve got enough to say grace over in the kitchen. I don’t want the extra headache of fretting over the flooring choice. As beautiful as the hardwood floor is, it does present a water stain, spot and scratch issue.
I prefer ceramic tile flooring in the kitchen over hardwood flooring. Tile is durable, stylish, design friendly, and affordable. I vote save on for this one.
Sroka Design, Inc.
Porcelain tile in the style of hardwood flooring is gaining in flooring popularity.
Mediterranea Boardwalk in Myrtle Beach Whitewash
If you ask me kitchen remodeling renovation features to splurge or save on suggestions:
A kitchen can never have enough electrical outlets. The utility of a kitchen is found in the utilities. An overhaul of an existing electrical panel by a licensed professional electrician updates the outdated and safely allows for additional lighting and outlets. Save on the lighting fixtures, splurge on the electrical.
If your heart is set on granite, but your budget does not allow for tricking out the entire kitchen countertop in granite, consider going with granite strictly for the kitchen island countertop.
Venegas and Company
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. The answer to the kitchen remodeling renovation features to splurge or save on question is subjective to personal taste and lifestyle. Areas of splurge should give maximum return on investment, performance and expectation. Areas of save should give a maximum return on quality and functionality while being both stylish and cost-effective.