Planning on Updating Your Kitchen? Read On…

Updating the look and functionality of your kitchen will not only help you enjoy it more, it will increase your property value as well. Besides the bathroom, people searching for a new home say that the appearance and ease of using the kitchen is one of the biggest determining factors in whether they follow through with an offer. Even so, it’s a huge undertaking. The following tips should help as you begin planning your Bay Area kitchen remodeling job.

Set a Budget Early

If you start the project without setting a budget, you will likely end up spending a lot more than you intended. The consensus among Castro Valley kitchen remodeling companies is to spend no more than 15 percent of the home’s value. Broken down, that might look like this:

    • Construction costs such as flooring, labor, and windows, 35 percent
    • Cabinets, 30 percent
    • Appliances, 15 percent
    • Countertops, 10 percent
    • Lighting, five percent
  • Plumbing fixtures, paint, and tiles, between one and four percent each

Tips for Making More Space Available for Your Kitchen Remodel

If your kitchen is more than 20 years old, it’s likely too small for your needs. However, you may worry that you don’t have enough space to work with for a major renovation. The good news is that you probably have more available space than you think. For example, does an unused coat closet or mud room butt up against the kitchen? If so, considering tearing it down to add to your available square footage for your Bay Area kitchen remodeling project.

Opening the kitchen floorplan is another idea when you just don’t have any space to spare. You could tear down a wall between the kitchen and another room in the house or add a small extension. You might be surprised at what you can accomplish with a little creative thinking.

Consider What Currently Works Well

You don’t have to replace everything in your kitchen, even if you’re completing a major renovation. Perhaps the flooring still looks modern or the shelves are more durable than anything else you have tested. Another way to save money is to keep the hook-ups for plumbing fixtures in the same location even if you plan to upgrade their outer appearance.

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BA Morrison understands that choosing an East Bay general contractor isn’t easy. We want to make it easier for you by offering a free estimate as well as references upon request. As an experienced general contractor serving East Bay homeowners for many years, we will do what it takes to earn your trust and business. Please contact us at your convenience with additional questions or to request a kitchen remodel quote.

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