Kitchen Makeover Planning

By Mark J. Donovan

August 12, 2016 4 min read

Kitchen makeovers continue to be a popular trend with homeowners, and are a very wise investment. The kitchen is the most important room in a home. It is where people prepare food, meet and eat daily. Consequently, it is the most used room in the house. As a result, people want their kitchen to be functional and efficient, as well as warm and inviting. The cost of a remodeled kitchen varies with the level of the makeover. For example, a basic kitchen remodel that includes new countertops, refaced cabinets and hardware, and new kitchen appliances will set the average homeowner back around $20,000, and have a return on investment of around 70 percent. If the kitchen remodel includes the installation of new kitchen cabinets, the average cost can add up to $50,000 or higher and the average return on investment of around 60 percent.

*Functionality trumps Aesthetics

When designing your kitchen makeover, keep in mind that you first and foremost want a functional design. Visit various home improvement and kitchen show rooms to see what the modern trends are today in floorplans and features. Keep in mind that kitchens typically require 200 to 350 square feet of space. Also, today's trends in kitchen design typically include open floor plans and the use of energy efficient appliances and natural products. Again, check out show rooms to get ideas for your kitchen makeover. Also, make sure to look online for magazines and books on designing kitchens.

*The Triangle Workspace

One design idea to keep always in your mind as you design your kitchen remodel is the triangle layout. Make sure that you design it so that when you stand in the center of a work triangle you have the refrigerator on one side of you, the sink on the other, and the stove/oven on the other. This type of layout ensures efficiency while preparing food. And to that point, make sure you have large enough counter space areas for doing food prep, baking, cooking and cleaning.

Also when designing your kitchen floor plan consider your family and how you plan to use the kitchen. If you play to use your kitchen for cooking and entertaining, then consider including lots of cabinet space and a peninsula or island with a bar-counter for people to eat at.

*Reduce Clutter

Remember to think reduced clutter. Again, make sure your kitchen design plan includes plenty of cabinets, drawers and shelves to store all of your items so that your countertops are less cluttered.

*Kitchen Makeover Budget

Lastly, but most importantly, come up with a budget at the beginning of your kitchen makeover plans. It is imperative you figure out up front how much you are willing to spend on your kitchen remodel, and it is also just as much important to stick with that budget throughout the process from beginning to end.

Make sure when you visit kitchen show rooms that you find out up front what the rough cost is for the kitchen cabinets and countertops you are considering. Also, check out the costs of kitchen appliances, as well as flooring and lighting products that you may want to include in your makeover. This way you can come up with a rough cost estimate and develop a top-line budget for it. One smart idea when it comes to developing a kitchen makeover budget is to include a contingency line item in it that represents around 10 to 15 percent of the total cost of the budget.

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