Have you recently moved in to a new house and realized that while the “bones” are great, there are a few outdated areas? Perhaps you’ve lived there ten years and are ready for a fresh new look. Or maybe you are like many of us who have disliked (or hated) a certain spare bath or unusable kitchen ever since you have owned the home, but there were just too many other areas to address first. Whichever it may be, you have finally come to the decision that you would like to remodel. But where to start?
To many, the idea of remodeling can be a daunting prospect. Where to begin, what will it cost, and who to trust? Let’s face it, there are numerous options to take once you decide to remodel. Is it best to go the DIY route and maybe save a little money, hope that you make the right selections, hire the right subcontractors and end up with a project that looks just like the one from the magazine picture you’ve been holding on to? Or should you hire that guy who fixed Aunt Sally’s porch and says he can do bathroom remodels as well? Is he licensed and insured? Does he have the proper experience? Is he advising you to follow the proper local procedures in securing permits to ensure your project is done in accordance with current building codes? After all, there is a lot more to a kitchen or bath remodel than picking out cabinets, faucets and refrigerators. Do the choices work together in both style and function? Do they offer the best solution to modernizing or increasing the efficiency of the space? Are they the right choice so that you are not over nor underspending for your home? These are all questions that a professional will help you answer.
First and foremost, the most helpful thing you can do upfront is establish a budget. Without this guideline, it is very hard for even a professional to ease the process for you. Many people are concerned that giving a budget to a kitchen designer or remodeler will cause them to create a space costing exactly that. Not at all. As professionals, our goal is to not only give you the best space possible, but also do it in an affordable way.
In a recent survey by Houzz.com, 70,000 members who had completed a project with the assistance of a kitchen and bath professional in 2015 revealed the average expenditures were $31,600 for small remodels and $56,900 for large kitchens. Home size was also a factor. Homes that were 2,000 to 2,999 square feet spent $58,100 on average, while those that were 3,000 to 4,900 square feet spent $76,700 for their projects. (If you aren’t familiar with Houzz.com, registering for a free account should be one of your very first steps — it’s typically one of the first pieces of homework that we give our clients.)
Still not sure what you would like to spend after doing some research? Schedule an appointment to meet with one of our experienced designers where we can discuss your wants and desires, help break down the project into easily digestible pieces, and give you realistic ballpark figures for both materials and labor. There is no fee or obligation for this service, and if you are looking to do a remodeling project, it is a great first step to figuring out what can be done in your space, approximately how much it will cost, and the length of time it will take to complete.
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