I have clients who continually stay within budget. On the other hand, I have clients ask me the best ways to do so (usually as a reactive means, versus proactive).
I surveyed some of my most cost-conscious clients and asked them what keeps them within budget while still getting what they wanted.
1. Determine What’s Most Important To You
Otherwise known as prioritizing and compromising. If you write down your priorities at the beginning, then you’ll be able to hit your must-haves even when unexpected costs start hitting you.
If you know your must-haves include high-end appliances, perhaps your cabinet budget gets lowered.
You might love marble countertops but might do just as well with a less costly alternative that doesn’t require as much maintenance.
2. Prepare For The Unexpected
It’s going to happen. No matter how well prepared you are, you’re going to have surprises during your kitchen remodeling.
If you don’t prepare for them, these surprises will destroy your budget.
You may find electrical problems behind walls, or water damage once you’ve ripped out a counter.
It’s recommended you set aside 15-20% of your entire budget just for unexpected problems like these.
3. Get Estimates but… Don’t Always Go With the Lowest Bid
It may seem counter-intuitive when you want to save money, but the corner-cutting comes out of the quality of your work. Always check licenses, references and review sites. Verify BBB ratings.
If a company’s employee doesn’t hold the proper professional certifications and there is a costly mistake, you will be left to foot the bill.
Another consideration is unskilled laborers generally take longer, not knowing their trade. The cost for additional time will be passed along to you.
4. Say “No” to Extras You Think of After Getting Underway
You must be devoted to your budget. If it wasn’t important or crucial enough to fold into the budget at the beginning, you can live without it now.
No matter how incredible the feature is—you have to say no. If your budget calls for basic door handles, don’t switch it to a higher-end handle when you get to the store.
When the project wraps, you’ll be glad you took these steps. No unpleasant surprises, just the work you were expecting.
You’d be hard pressed to try to show me a homeowner who doesn’t dream of a kitchen remodel.
First thing’s first: you’ve got to figure out your budget.
It might not be the sexiest part of the remodel. But neither is having to halt your remodeling because you overspent.
Setting your kitchen remodeling budget is both easier and harder than it appears.
On the one hand, you can’t just pull a number out of the air. You have to do some research.
On the other hand, once you know the “formula,” per se, it can be pretty simple to land in your general area.
The first thing you’ll want to consider when you’re first planning your budget is the “why”? What’s yours?
Do you want to remodel primarily to raise the value of your home to sell it within a few years?
Or are you remodeling to make you happier in a home you plan on living in for a long time?
- Raise the value – Compare it to homes in your neighborhood. Don’t put upscale renovations in a modest neighborhood.
- For general happiness – Plan changes that will keep your family comfortable and happy. Keep your wishlist affordable.
Regardless of your motivation, we recommend keeping your kitchen remodeling budget between 5-15% of your home’s value.
For example, if your home is valued at $300,000, the budget should be somewhere between 15k and 45k.
When the project wraps, you’ll be glad you took these steps. No unpleasant surprises, just the work you were expecting.
Counters and cabinets can make a big impact on value without spending a fortune. But should you replace the counters and cabinets entirely or go for some less-extensive upgrades?
Minor updates can make a big difference. But sometimes the kitchen or bathroom needs significant changes.
Folks ask me often what is better, refacing or an overhaul. I always answer the same: It all depends on you.
First off, no matter what you decide, consider budget, how much time you will continue to live in the house, and time you can devote to the project.
Naturally budget is key, but I want you to consider how much project management time you can devote.
Not having the attention to focus on a major project will get costly. Without your oversight, projects like these often stall. Make sure you are in a good position to make it happen your way.
When you love the overall design of your cabinets and counters, feel as though you have enough space and aren’t cramped but still would like to freshen your look, small changes will likely work for you.
Of all the ways to give your home an updated look, replacing the countertops is one of the easiest without breaking your budget.
New granite countertops add value instantly, so if you have to choose between new cabinets or new countertops, opt for the countertop and simply reface the cabinets.
Consider the no-seam, integral sink. Talk about slick looking. Gift yourself the sink and you’ll never regret the investment. No seams means no gunk. You’ll never look at a drop in sink the same after checking out one of these. Add a backsplash for not much more and the kitchen feels like a different house.
Time to Replace
If you continually find yourself tripping over others in your kitchen, spending too much time trying to find things in your cabinets or never having enough counter space, it’s time to think bigger. New cabinets, new countertops, perhaps even new layout.
You may have a complete shift in color scheme or overall design strategy. Perhaps you are looking to improve convenience and flow within the kitchen.
Maybe there is no major reason, it is just time. Give me a shout and I’ll help you get the ball rolling.
We can turn your residential or commercial vision into an affordable reality.
You decided it’s time to replace your kitchen countertops. You’ve seen plenty of pictures of other gorgeous houses highlighted in Memphis by now that your creative juices are flowing. Sure, you’ve taken color scheme, design, and layout in mind. But have you actually thought about what material is right for you?
If you own your home, it’s likely that you’ve considered a kitchen remodel for some time. Many homeowners will start with scrapbooking their ideas before they’ll finally have the money saved to perform the actual remodel. It can be tough to go from dreaming about the perfect kitchen to the reality of figuring out your actual budget. A kitchen can make or break a home’s future sale too.
1. Actual Kitchen Remodel Costs
It really helps to understand what a kitchen remodel can cost on average. While you may be thinking that a budget of approximately $20,000 will be enough for a major remodel. There are many factors that can impact your budget. Items like moving walls, plumbing, and electrical, or the age of your home. It might help to know that the average cost of a major kitchen remodel is actually closer to $40,000. For $20,000, you might not get all the upgrades you’d expect.
2. List of Priorities
Once you realize that you can’t have everything you dreamed of in your kitchen, it’s time to list your priorities. If you absolutely need stainless steel appliances, make sure that’s on the list. You might have to make sacrifices on other items to keep the priorities. For example, instead of having high-end counters, you might have to settle on a cheaper option to afford your appliances.
3. Clear Expectations
When setting your budget, it helps to understand the motivation. If you plan on selling in a few years, you should be making upgrades that will allow your home to be competitive with others in the area. You might visit some open houses while you’re in the planning stages to see what others are doing when their house goes on the market.
4. Know Prices
If you have no idea how much granite costs per square foot, you will not understand how it impacts the kitchen remodeling budget. The same can be said for appliances, flooring, cabinets and hardware. It helps to take your priority list and add prices as you do research. Not only will you have to pay for the appliances, flooring and other expenses, you’ll need to factor in the labor costs unless you plan on doing some of it yourself.
5. Unexpected Costs
While you’re figuring out your kitchen remodeling budget, it’s vital that you add a cushion to the end result. You don’t want to end up going over budget and having to come up with extra money while you’re in the middle of your renovation.
Along with all these ways to figure out your kitchen remodeling budget, you can also ask a contractor to help you with the final budget. Often, a contractor can help you put a budget together much more quickly than you could on your own. Their quote will include their labor and other costs that you may not be aware of as well.
Countertops made of LG Viatera Quartz are incredibly durable. They’re seamless and non-porous. Grime and grease can’t leak into crevices, causing the growth of mold and other bacteria. They do not require sealing, making Viatera countertop care easy and inexpensive.
LG Viatera Care
Taking care of LG Viatera Quartz countertops is simple. They are naturally resistant to scratches and common kitchen stains.
Clean spills immediately with a damp cloth and a mild detergent. If you do manage to stain them, use a mild non-abrasive cleanser. For tougher spots from gum, grease or food, use the edge of a razor to scrape off the area.
Always use a trivet for hot pots and pans. High heat will damage Viatera countertops.
Although scratch-resistant, items harder than quartz will damage them. For example, the bottom of iron, or ceramic dishes are rough enough to cause real damage.
According to LG Viatera, there are several non-abrasive commercial cleansers recommended:
- Simple Green Lime Scale Remover
- Bar Keeper’s Friend
- Formula 409
- Greased Lightning
No, these countertops are not indestructible. But, with regular care and maintenance, they will keep their good looks for years.
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For many families, the kitchen has always been one of the most important rooms in the home. Whether it’s having the family sit down for a evening meal or having an important conversation around the kitchen table, there’s little doubt the kitchen is the heart of the household. However, as time goes by, every kitchen finds itself in need of a makeover. When this is the case, one of the top renovation projects involves using stone fabrication to redo kitchen counters. When it’s time to pick stone fabricators in Memphis area residents choose Architectural Stone Works, which for years has made numerous Memphis kitchens look like new again.
What is Stone Fabrication?
Using the finest natural and manufactured stone, stone fabrication involves creating kitchen countertops that are unique one-of-a-kind pieces. Inspected by sight and touch, each stone used is hand-polished before installation to ensure any cracks or imperfections have been incorporated into the design to be part of the countertop’s natural beauty.
A Variety of Materials
What makes Architectural Stone Works the first choice of Memphis customers is not only the superb craftsmanship, but also the variety of materials used in creating their countertops. Among the most common materials used in most jobs are:
In many kitchens, granite and marble are popular choices due to their durability, easy maintenance, and timeless beauty. By choosing Architectural Stone Works as their stone fabricators in Memphis area residents can ensure the countertops being built for them will be unlike any they have ever seen anywhere else.
Free Design Consultation
Of course, prior to beginning any job for their customers, Architectural Stone Works offers a free design consultation in order to get a better idea of the customer’s goals, style ideas, and budget. After meeting with a consultant, we can offer some potential ideas and provide a no-obligation estimate of the project to our customer, along with answers to any questions they may have. By doing this, we’ve been able to establish a reputation for excellence that no other stone fabricators in Memphis area jobs can begin to compare with on a day-to-day basis.
Contact Us Today
If your kitchen is in need of a makeover, contact Architectural Stone Works to ensure you get the best results for the best prices. By visiting our contact page and filling out the free consultation form, you’ll be taking the first step toward getting the kitchen of your dreams.
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