When buying a home in the South Florida area often times a client will consider many things before making the purchase. Some very important questions are, “What renovations will I need to do to update the look of the purchase?”, “What will the cost of that update be?”, “What will the return on investment be if changes are made?” and, “Where do I begin?”.
The most important room to consider, especially if you intend to resell the house, is the kitchen. A kitchen is the first room that an interested home buyer will look at. The kitchen has become an area of the home that everyone gravitates to. If you have a large area that opens up to a family room, great room or dining room you have the perfect area for entertaining guests or just hanging out with your family. This desired design is functional as well as beautiful and adds value to a home on the market.
Let’s consider that your new home purchase is going to need a total kitchen update. If the design that you desire is to create the open space as stated above, you will have to consider many construction options; removing walls, moving some plumbing and electricity and making some changes to the ceiling. At Bath and Kitchen creations, we have the familiarity with this type of transformation and many design ideas to assist them. This design is often the remodel of choice as it raises the resale value of the home. Most new home buyers are making purchases based on being able to create this look, or are actually finding an existing home with a kitchen that has an open, spacious, yet functional kitchen area that allows for a flow of guests, sufficient prep areas, and the ability to entertain while working in the kitchen.
To prepare yourself with a construction or remodel “things to do” list, I am going to take you through a home remodel that we just finished in Delray Beach. This home followed this re-design theme. The client wanted to make changes so that they could list the house, but wanted to make sure the cost associated would not be more than they budgeted for to get a favorable return on their investment. The client also knew that in this market they may need to live in this home for a while so design needed to be functional for them as well. The client met with us at Bath and Kitchen Creation’s showroom and gave us their ideas. Then we went out to the home and walked through each room giving the client suggestions based on the space available, existing construction, and cost. When considering all of these changes, the client decided that it was in their best interest to remodel.
As you entered the home there were many small entrances into the living room, dining room and kitchen. The floors were dated and not consistent throughout these rooms. The plumbing and electrical needed to be moved; switches and fixtures changed out, sinks and faucets replaced. The ceilings were high, but the existing cabinetry was at a very low height. This low height didn’t compliment the room; it actually gave the room a smaller feel. There was a beautiful back yard, but a very small window to view this area from the kitchen. The kitchen was spacious so we were able to get creative with design.
“Things to do” list:
- Demo existing kitchen and widen the entrances to open up the area
- Remove walls to create an open, spacious family room, living room and kitchen area
- Replace the kitchen window with a larger window, that area will be reframed for the new size
- Change existing ceramic tile to a 5” wide, hand scraped, engineered wood
- Rough electrical to prep for install/ Update electrical; add some electrical switches, pendent lights, ceiling fan, high hats and outlets for new appliances
- Rough plumbing to prep for install/ Updated plumbing: new faucets, sinks, water system, and addition vegetable sink at island-no island exists in the kitchen at this time
- Concrete cutting to create plumbing at the new island area
- Bead board added at ceiling and walls to keep the style of the home, new base board and door frames
- New kitchen design to include custom cabinetry at a 42” height and a transitional shaker door style
Most of the items on our “things to do” list need to be done in most home remodels with the exception of the demo of the walls, the concrete cutting, and bead board installation, so the cost would be part of most kitchen remodel proposals. When walls are removed it can add to the cost of the job, but in this case it was necessary. The concrete cutting is more costly and on this job we could have created a working island that did not include a sink. The addition of bead board was to keep the style of the home and we thought for a home in this area of Delray Beach, it was definitely a selling point. The cabinetry was priced in all wood with full-extension, soft close drawers. The shaker style painted was a comfortable price point and had a more transitional style. As you go through your list you will decide on your budget and what items are necessary for your project.
Remember, as you “cook” up plans to design the kitchen of your dreams remember to hire someone that has experience in remodeling, design and project management. Bath and Kitchen Creations is an experienced and reputable company that is licensed and insured. We know how to manage your kitchen construction as well has a guide you through the design process. Many times as construction spirals from beginning to finishing point, challenges may come up and a skilled company can easily work through these so that the job flows. The result is a beautiful updated design that anyone will enjoy.
If you are interested in a kitchen remodeling, contact Bath and Kitchen Creations with your project!