Much like any room in a house, your kitchen should reflect your lifestyle. If you fancy yourself a gourmet cook, then you know where to focus your budget: appliances. But because there are no hard-and-fast rules on where to spend money in a kitchen, many homeowners are left wondering if they should splurge on any particular purchases.
While where you spend your money will depend on what’s most important to you, the following are often good places to start:
Countertops are one of the biggest visual elements of a kitchen. In fact, they often serve as a focal point in many designs, and your choice in countertop could determine other elements of your renovation, including cabinets, tile, and even color scheme.
Though some stones cost as much as twice the price of laminate, using natural surfaces will add a great deal of beauty and value to a remodel. But you can spare your budget by going with lower grades of stone. Granite, for example, comes in assorted grades.
If you’re doing a full on renovation, budget generously for windows. You can’t beat the warmth and beauty to a room filled with natural light. High-quality awning windows with good hardware can be a great choice for any new kitchen.
Most attention is paid to those pendants hanging over kitchen islands, but under-mounted task lighting is really the workhorse of a kitchen. It casts most of the light on prep areas, so you’ll use it every day. Besides, it’s much easier to add during a remodel, not after.
Sometimes, homeowners try to save money by going with a ductless hood over the stove. But this model just recirculates air back into the home. Running a direct vent from the hood to the outside is a better option, especially if you have the space for it.
For many homeowners, the sink is more of an afterthought than anything else. While you don’t need to break the bank, always go with the sink you want. After all, it’s much more difficult to replace this fixture down the line.
And if you really want to splurge, consider a second sink. It’s often smaller than your primary one but can be just as useful. Two people can now prep and clean at the same time. Locate it in the kitchen island or near the wet bar.
Like countertops, cabinets make a big visual impact. But there’s still some debate on whether to actually splurge on them. At a bare minimum, invest in quality doors and side panels, which can be added to many stock cabinet boxes.
What’s more, consider putting in a pantry with pullout drawers. It’ll provide the extra storage we all need in this particular room, while the pullouts offer added convenience and accessibility for your nonperishable food items.
And though this isn’t necessarily a splurge, many homeowners will try to save on installation by hanging the cabinet boxes themselves. But it takes much more than this to properly install, so we recommend always going with a pro.
If you’d like to learn more about kitchen remodeling, or to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact the team at Fair & Square Remodeling today. We’d be more than happy to answer your questions and discuss your options for updating a space.