Where to Splurge, Where to Save: Kitchen Remodeling Tips
Remodeling a kitchen can be an expensive and major undertaking, but it can make a significant difference to the look, functionality, and value of your home. If you are planning a kitchen remodel, we suggest that you take the time to think through everything before you get started. Have a set budget.
It is always a good idea to set a target budget and a max amount for your budget. Try to fit everything in the target budget, leaving some wiggle room between that and your max. This way, if something unexpected comes up, you will hopefully have the extra cash to cover it. Once you know what your budget is, you can start making the major decisions about your kitchen. We want to help you figure out where you can splurge and where you should save on your kitchen remodel.
Kitchen cabinets will do a lot to set the mood of your kitchen. The style and color of your cabinets can change the whole look of your kitchen. Getting all new kitchen cabinetry can be very expensive, so if possible, this can be a good area to save. If your cabinets are in good condition and the style will work with your desired look, you can refinish or paint your existing cabinetry. Replacing the hardware on your cabinets and drawers can also make a big difference.
Refinishing cabinets and purchasing new hardware will cost a fraction of the price of new cabinetry. If, however, your existing cabinets are in bad shape and have significant issues, it will be more cost effective in the long run to simply replace them now. Making the decision about your cabinets is a good place to start when planning your kitchen remodel.
Choosing the flooring in your kitchen is another important decision you need to make. If you like your current flooring then you don't need to worry about budgeting in new flooring, but many full kitchen makeovers include replacing the floor. There are several good options for kitchen flooring and you will have a wide price range when it comes to choosing the right product for your kitchen. You will want a surface that is easy to clean and holds up well under heavy traffic. The most popular flooring options for the kitchen are hardwood, tile, and laminate.
Hardwood flooring will probably be your priciest option, though some tile flooring and even laminate can reach the lower prices of hardwood. If you want to try and save on your flooring choice, you might want to look at laminate and tile options. Higher and higher quality of laminate products are arriving on the market. Many choices look very similar to hardwood but come with a lower price tag.
One of the biggest decisions that you will make will be what material you want for your kitchen countertops. This is an area where many people choose to splurge. Counters take up a large part of your kitchen so they are highly visual and will really affect the way your kitchen looks. You will also be using your counters often as a work surface so you need to think about the qualities you want.
Some of the most popular choices are granite and marble kitchen countertops in Atlanta. Marble is perfect for the classic kitchen and is unrivaled in beauty. However, it takes more care and is a soft stone so it scratches easily. Granite is a great choice for its beauty, versatility, and relatively easy upkeep. Other countertop choices you might want to consider would be concrete, soapstone, quartz, and solid surfacing.
For help deciding on how to update your kitchen, contact the professionals at Atlantis Granite & Marble LLC today!