Posted March 23, 2013 by pmcalary
Most people believe they can’t do it or that it will be too expensive. And, they’re wrong.
It’s almost always doable, usually costs nothing and can even save money.
What IS the best investment your in your new kitchen? It is changing the lay out!
Barely a day goes by that a customer doesn’t say to us ”I have a small kitchen so there isn’t much that I can do.” or “We are on a budget so we need to keep the layout of our kitchen the same.” Actually, there are many design possibilities with nearly every kitchen and improving the layout costs next to nothing.
Most of our customers don’t realize that just moving a sink, an appliance, or a doorway can dramatically improve an entire kitchen and incur little or no addition construction costs. A kitchen renovation includes installing flooring, drywall, lighting, cabinetry, backsplash, molding, fixtures and appliances. Changing the location of a sink or appliance rarely impacts the total construction costs. Even moving a doorway which might cost $500 could be offset by design improvements that make the cabinetry more standard and less expensive.
Many choices make kitchens expensive but improving the layout is not one of them. Homeowners frequently select a doorstyle that is 25% to 40% more than that of a similar less expensive style. Adding a glaze to cabinetry generally adds 10% or more to the cost. Higher price level granite, quartz, soapstone, or marble countertops can cost thousands more than similar looking selections that wear equally well.
Upgrading appliances can have the greatest impact on a kitchen budget. But all these expenses have a very limited effect on what the finished kitchen looks like. For example, the difference between a stainless steel shallow depth GE profile refrigerator costing $3,000 or a Sub Zero costing $9,000 is barely noticeable. Good designers want to see you get the most for your money and will suggest similar, less expensive options.
The layout of a kitchen can change an entire home for the better, sometimes increasing the home’s value far more than the cost of the renovation. Even removing a wall which can cost a couple of thousand dollars could save overall costs because it reduces the number of wall cabinets. If because of the reduced wall space, the design also switches from having a wall oven and cooktop to a range, the reduced price of the appliances and cabinetry saves far more than the cost of removing the wall.
Selecting the doorstyle, finish, countertops, and appliances is the easy part of a kitchen renovation but not the first part. Layout possibilities, available materials, and many of the details kitchen designers help clients with have the most impact on your happiness with the finished project and the cost. That is why it is so important to shop for your kitchen designer first, and cabinetry and materials second.
The path to getting the best design and spending a kitchen budget effectively can be elusive. At Main Line Kitchen Design we look forward to finding and taking that path with you.
All the best, and as Julia said……