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The Kitchen though not a room in itself is perhaps the busiest room in the house,
the beehive of activity. So it is justified to spend time and energy for a better equipped and beautifully done kitchen.
National Kitchen and bath association touts the
cost of a kitchen remodel at anywhere between
The cost definitely varies based on your region
design, materials, appliances etc. This activity is
to be undertaken
with careful planning to be able to give you the
for your investment and simplify the task of
maintenance for you.
The remodelled kitchen should
reflect your own personality
and should give you maximum efficiency and
Budget Plan -
The foremost thing that you need to keep in mind is the
market worth of your home in order to be able to determine
your budget for the remodel. It is essential as you need
to recoup this cost too. As a trendy and state of the art
kitchen is sure to attract buyers in a community area more
than in a modest neighborhood. It is good if you asses the
value of your home and then calculate its 15% which should
be your budget for the kitchen remodel. Then you need to
segregate this budget with regard to the various items to
be acquired for the remodel. A general layout for this
segregation is as follows :
1. ˝ of 15% for cabinetry
2. 15% of remaining half for appliances flooring,
lighting, plumbing fixtures etc.
Remaining for the cost of labour, contracting services and
permit fees etc.
Working According to the Budget
The important part comes in now where you need to work
according to the budget that you have determined and not
binge on it which you are sure to regret later. You should
also instruct the designing professionals as to what your
budget is and they will happily work within that limit if
they are aware of it from the onset. The only way you can
avoid blowing your budget is to plan ahead.
are a few guidelines as to how and what all that you
need to plan :
1. Consultation with designing professional - it may
cost you something but then it could avoid a bigger
loss caused due to
inexperience and ignorance.
2. List of existing features in your present
kitchen - You need to know what all that you need to
keep, reduce or add to the
existing features of your kitchen.
Need vs. Want - You can in spite of a careful planning expect your budget to go about 12% above so you need to
decide between what you need as compared to what you want.
4. Range of purchases- The most important purchase that
you go in for is the cabinet line so do a thorough survey
of the various ranges that manufactures offer to suit
5. Written estimate - You should ask for a written
estimate of an all inclusive cost of the whole project
from the contractors to whom you have allocated the work.
6. Completion schedule- You also need to ask for a written
work completion schedule from the contractors.
7. Prompt Decisions- The work can stay on schedule only
when the decisions are promptly taken.
So far as planning is concerned now you need to
concentrate on the quality of your purchases. Your space
may for instance be for 10 cabinets but if you put in 8
and then enhance the quality of your cabinets it will be a
worthier investment. You need to check the quality of your
purchases in person rather than depending on catalogues
etc to be on the safer side. The process although a little
tiring one but is well worth the effort. If you keep in
mind some of the above mentioned details then it will
definitely give you a general useful guideline.
About the author: Chester Smith writes for a website
dedicated to assisting with remodelling budgeting. Visit
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