Cantor’s Corner: Is It Time For Kitchen Remodeling?
Presented by Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel
by Gregg Cantor
Resident Expert, The Home Pro Show
President, Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel
Kitchen Remodeling can be an excellent investment to put into your home. According to a national poll, California leads the nation in return on investment recouped in resale. In addition to resale value, kitchen remodeling provides years of enjoyment with family and friends.
Is it time for Kitchen Remodeling?
There are many reasons to take on a kitchen remodeling project, including:
- Your kitchen is too small. The average kitchen measures 306 square feet.
- The space is poorly laid out and/or not functional.
- Your kitchen is outdated or showing wear and tear.
- Appliances are not energy efficient and lack the latest features.
How long do the materials last?
When determining whether or not it’s time to remodel your kitchen, consider how long typical kitchen materials last. Knowing the age of your home and its features can help you decide the scope of your kitchen remodel.
- Custom Cabinets 50 years
- Wood Flooring up to 100 years
- Kitchen Sinks up to 50 years
- Appliances up to 15 years
5 Steps for Getting Starting
- Establish a budget.
- Identify your style by looking at magazines, friends, relatives, neighbors and model homes.
- Schedule a consultation.
- Begin the design process to see full color renderings, 3D modeling and walk through your remodel.
- Make sure you are available for design development meetings to collaborate. This is where the final scope of works is determined and all the finishes are specified so you get the kitchen of your dreams.
What is popular today?
Not sure where to start? Here’s what I’m seeing are the recent trends in functionality and design:
- Increasing space through expansion and layout changes
- Wood stained cabinets and white finished cabinets
- Quartz, granite, soapstone and cement countertops
- Full back splashes with glass tile or tumbled stone
- Stainless steel appliances
- Porcelain plank floors that look like wood, marble or stone.