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Are you a new homeowner looking to remodel your new (but outdated kitchen)? Or perhaps you have owned your home for decades and you are just ready for something fresh and current with the times? We get it, trust us. The kitchen is honestly considered one of the most important aspects of a home; think about it! You have family and guests over; they are always snacking in the kitchen. You are supposed to eat 3 times a day – an activity that takes place where…? You guessed it, the kitchen! You do your cooking, baking, socializing, and yes even the ‘annoying’ cleaning in the kitchen. So, it makes sense to want that space to match your aesthetic and be redesigned to be worth your money. So, we are here to provide a full guide on what to look for when redesigning a custom kitchen. From the price to the pros and cons over DIY and professional services, to cabinets, sinks, appliances; truly everything you will need to consider. We want to make sure you are fully covered, so this redesign process can be a breeze for you.

Custom Kitchen Redesign Cost

Several different factors can vary the price it will cost to remodel a kitchen. According to HomeAdvisor, the average kitchen remodel price is approximately between $13,355 to $37,716 or $75 to $250 per square foot. A smaller kitchen remodel can cost as little as $4000, but a lavish and larger scaled remodel can cost more than $50,000. So, what factors can influence the overall price? Let us look:

  • Size of space
  • Quality of materials chosen
  • Layout of room
  • Custom choices in cabinets, flooring, countertops
  • Appliances

In this guide, we will cover each in detail with what the hottest trends are, what’s worth your money, and the best custom options to choose from. However, be aware the nicer and more lavish the kitchen is the more money is coming out of your pocket. That is just the way it works! Before getting into each factor individually, let us learn about the value you can add to your home with a remodeled kitchen.

Adding Value onto Your Home

Do not let the price scare you too much. There is a reason people decide to renovate kitchens beyond wanting them to look good, and that’s the fact that it can add value to your home. The national average ROI (return on investment) for a major upscale kitchen remodel is almost 54%. Meaning, you could potentially recoup about $43,000 if you spend around $75,500. If you’re doing a small renovation project, you could see a potential return on investment (ROI) of 81%. So, if you ever decide to sell your home, you can add that kitchen remodel into the new cost helping the appraisal, meaning more money in your pocket for the value of your home.

DIY vs Hiring a Professional Service for Home Remodel Projects

If the money signs are scaring you, there is always the option to ‘Do-It-Yourself’. It is scary, but not impossible, people have done it. However, there are pros and cons for DIYs and even hiring a professional. Let us take a look at both.

DIY Pros

  • Save Money – Of course, this is the biggest pro of them all. As you can see from the reading above, remodeling a kitchen can be expensive and a big reason for that is hiring a contractor to do it, labor charges add up quickly, typically, about 30% of your total renovation budget. However, DIY saves you that big cost jump and you can spend that money on other things like appliances, cabinets, flooring, etc.
  • Flexibility – If you do it yourself, that means demolishing yourself too. When doing this, you get a first-hand look at any issues. You’re also in control of the timing. If something pops up you weren’t prepared for, you get to decide how to control it rather than a contractor, which could even lead to more costs. Plus, DIY allows you to adapt and refine your renovation plans as you go, which can be fun and exhilarating when doing a DIY (especially as big as a kitchen remodel).
  • Personal Satisfaction – And of course, that ‘good’ feeling of getting hard work done. Imagine you just completed a home renovation that took blood, sweat, and tears; nothing is better than that feeling of success and pride.

DIY Cons

Unfortunately, there are also cons with DIY home projects, including kitchen remodels.

  • Lose More Money – A kitchen remodeling project already can cost a lot of money. When ‘doing it yourself’ there is that possibility of saving money on upfront labor costs. However, you could also be racking up future costs. Let us say you did a project wrong or messed up during an installation process, you will have to fix it and that costs money.
  • Health Hazards – With older homes, there comes the possibility of hazardous material that can be unhealthy. Think of popcorn ceilings, many people on a DIY project will remove it themselves, but that could have asbestos, which can be dangerous to inhale and puts neighbors, family, and pets at risk. It’s recommended to have a professional when it comes to asbestos removal.
  • Potential Issues Constantly Arising – While some DIY projects are easy like painting cabinets, adding a backsplash, or changing light fixtures; it’s important to keep in mind the things you can’t control or didn’t plan for. If you’re changing the layout that creates structural changes that a professional could be better suited for like electric, plumbing, gas lines, etc.

Hiring a Professional Pros

Choosing this path rather than DIY is a valuable option. Beyond just labor for a kitchen remodel, you also can get insight and expertise when hiring a professional. Take a look at the pros when going this route.

  • Amazing Results – Typically, when hiring a professional (especially one with experience or good reviews) you’re going to get a professional remodeling job done. Your expectations are allowed to be high because this is their job. They know what they are doing, and they will get the job done. It’s important to properly vet and hire a contractor that does quality work so your expectations can remain high for your finished project.
  • More Time on Your Hands – Another major benefit to choosing a professional is your time is yours. You will not have to stress or worry about finishing a project by a certain date or any complications pushing you back because it is not your project! Let the professional handle the work, you sit back and make all the remodel/aesthetic decisions.
  • Networking/Resources – Coming in contact with a great contractor can set you up with other contractors who do outstanding work. General Contractors will have a network of subcontractors to perform quality work, which results in fewer people you have to vet to get the job done.

Hiring a Professional Cons

As with most things, there are cons as well when hiring a professional.

  • Higher Costs – This is usually considered the biggest con over DIY. It can cost more to hire a professional. There is also the possibility of additional expenses being added that you were not budgeting for; that is something that happens frequently in kitchen remodels.
  • Trusting a Stranger – Are you the type to not like strangers in your personal space? Unfortunately, when hiring a contractor this is what will happen. Crews coming in and out of people you don’t know. There’s a lot of planning that can go into it. Luckily, if you do your research you can find a contractor you like and trust.
  • Inconvenience – Remodeling a kitchen and using professionals can cause an inconvenience in your life. However, if you are taking on this type of project you should already know and prepare for it. Construction will be loud, you could have kids and pets that need to stay out of the way.

When it comes down to it, the decision is up to you and the scale of your kitchen remodel project. However, it is always recommended to use a professional service. And guess what?! We can do that for you! Reach out to us at Renovate Residential for your next kitchen remodel. We offer extensive experience, and any con on that list above, we will work around. With more than 25 years of experience in redesigning kitchens for homes across southwest Massachusetts, we can make your dream remodel happen.

Now, let us talk about the best tips and tricks on what to look for in a custom kitchen redesign! We are going to cover the layout, custom cabinets, appliances, sink styles, lighting, and countertops.

The Layout

The kitchen layout can be one of the most important steps you take in a custom kitchen redesign. Choosing the right layout can ensure functionality and practicality; two important aspects of a kitchen.

Ergonomics plays a huge role in kitchen layout redesigns. Ergonomics is the relationship between the human body and the objects we use and the spaces we live and work in. A kitchen can benefit from optimizing movements and avoid unnatural postures that can be harmful to health. The correct height, placement and space to move around in are important factors. There is a lot of math involved in kitchen ergonomics and the history behind it. Do some research to find out more before deciding your layout.

Let us investigate 3 of the most popular kitchen layouts right now:

  1. One Wall Kitchen – This is usually found in smaller kitchens. It is a simple layout that utilizes space efficiently without giving up on its functionality. The cabinets and shelves are installed against a single wall. This gives it a clean and modern aesthetic, which is quite popular in 2021.
  2. Galley Kitchen – The galley kitchen will consist of two rows of cabinets facing each other, this creates an inner passage or ‘galley’ between them. There is no need for corner cupboards, and this layout uses every millimeter of space without wasting. Another popular choice in 2021.
  3. The Island Kitchen – The island kitchen might be the most popular layout choice of 2021. It provides a large work surface, storage area, and prep area. This is better utilized in larger kitchens as an island sits right in the middle and depending on the island size you choose; many are quite large. It is great for families and friends to gather around and socialize while enjoying some food. Cabinets and cupboards will usually surround it on the outer walls where appliances will be located.

These are just the top 3 out of many, many different kitchen layout options. The floorplan of your home will determine the layout you choose; however, you can always optimize the area to work better for something you like. We recommend at least choosing one is ergonomically designed.

New Cabinets

With cabinets, you have a plethora of options to choose from. When it comes to deciding what kitchen cabinet you want it is important to budget first. There are three main types to choose from: stock cabinets, semi-custom cabinets, and custom cabinets; these go from lowest to highest price. The popular choice right now is custom kitchen cabinets rather than pre-built or semi-custom options. Designing custom cabinets is easy now; thanks to the internet. There are a variety of planning tools to use to find your custom cabinet design. Be warned, custom cabinets are by far the priciest option. However, you can keep the price down depending on the design elements you put into it. Here’s what custom cabinets can allow you to do:

  • Personalized storage/layout/functionality choices
  • Glazing
  • Intricate woodworking
  • Personalized designs/color/detail

If you are already designing a custom kitchen, it is recommended that you choose custom cabinets to fit into the aesthetic you want to see. If you are having trouble designing your custom cabinets, reach out to us here at Renovate Residential, we would be happy to help and can even get you a free estimate.

New Countertops

Just like custom cabinets, you also may want to look into custom countertops. There are so many options, it can almost make your head hurt. However, similar to how you design your custom cabinets, you can go the same route with countertops. It can sometimes even be the most expensive part of a kitchen remodel. Some popular options are:

  • Granite
  • Stone
  • Laminate
  • Travertine
  • Marble
  • Ceramic Tile

When choosing, think of your budget and aesthetic. Also, work with a designer to figure out what fits best with your new layout choice.

Buying the Right Appliances

Choosing kitchen appliances can sometimes be overwhelming, there are so many options and they seem to keep getting better and better, as technology advances. It is best to choose appliances that match the aesthetic of the kitchen you envision. It is also super important to choose the new layout of your kitchen first before choosing appliances. Once that layout is determined it will be way easier to fit what you want in your space, precisely. Here are some other important factors to consider when choosing your appliances

  • Cooktops – there is the option of gas, electric, or induction. When choosing, consider efficiency; meaning how much heat do you lose from burner to pan. With gas, you can lose about 40%. Induction heat (a flat cooktop) like electric, you lose the least amount of heat.
  • Ovens – You have your choice of a convection oven and a traditional oven. Or if you are feeling fancy you can have both stacked side-by-side. Convection ovens will circulate heat faster with a fan to cook food quickly and evenly. Traditional ovens have bake, roast, and broil options. Before purchasing, think about what meals you tend to cook.
  • Range Hoods – A proper ventilation system is a very important addition to your home. If you hate loud noises, there are options for quieter motors.
  • Refrigerators/Freezers – Another appliance that has so many options. The most popular to date is the french-door refrigerator on top with the freezer drawer on the bottom. Units could also have two side-by-side freezer drawers. It is recommended when choosing a refrigerator to take measurements on how far it will stick out so you know if that will fit the layout of your kitchen and space.
  • Microwaves – Oh, to have a microwave or to not? It has been a trend to get rid of microwaves and just use your oven or toaster oven to heat an old meal. However, if you are in the market for one it is recommended to build one into your cabinetry, otherwise, it is taking up space.
  • Dishwasher – The traditional dishwasher with doors that pull from the top-down has been the popular choice for a while now. However, depending on your kitchen layout you might want to check for certain measurements on what kind/size could fit and look the best in your custom kitchen. There are many popular brands to choose from, it is best to research and find reviews before purchasing.
  • Sinks – The right sink is so important when it comes to a custom kitchen redesign. They can honestly make or break the overall aesthetic of the kitchen. Nowadays you have so many options to choose from, you are sure to find one that fits your style needs. There is a variety of depths, shapes, sizes, and colors. It is easy to design your custom sink too! Materials include stainless steel, cast iron, acrylic/fiberglass, quartz, or solid surface.

Get Proper Lighting

Lighting truly makes or breaks a redesign project. It can even affect the function of space in the kitchen and how we feel spending time there. Although it is the last detail on a kitchen remodel project do not let it be an afterthought. The secret to making it work is layering the lighting in a space. There are four layers:

  1. Task – this type of lighting illuminates workspaces like countertops or inside a pantry closet.
  2. Accent – this highlights and adds depth and dimension.
  3. Decorative – this adds interest and ‘eye candy’ into the kitchen; for example, a fancy chandelier.
  4. Ambient – gentle light to fill the room and bounce off the ceiling.

From cabinets to counters, to appliances, to lighting; each hold an important piece to the overall puzzle of a custom kitchen remodel. Whether you decide to DIY or hire a professional, it is important to consider every single factor that goes into a major project like this. Do your research, find your style and from there you are on your way to a fresh new kitchen that adds value to your home.

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