Details, Details, Details…

Yes, it is all in the details.  What exactly does that mean?  Here’s a scenario to help you visualize a common kitchen renovation situation:

Bob & Jen have  just purchased an older home and have decided to upgrade the kitchen.  The problem is that the rest of the home is still in its original state. 

The first question they need to ask themselves is, “How do they modernize their kitchen without straying too far from the style of the rest of the home”?  This is a challenge.  As much as they’d love to have a clean modern looking kitchen, doing so would make the kitchen look like it doesn’t belong to the same house.  Here are some things that Bob & Jen need to consider:

1.  How much money do they have budgeted for the upgrades?

2.  Will some of that budget include modernizing the connecting rooms to make the new look flow through the balance of the home?

3.  Can they make substantial upgrades without dramatically deviating from the style of the home?

In the first point above, Bob & Jen need to sit down and plan out a few of the options available to them.  They can make small, yet impacting changes by upgrading the countertops, sink & faucets, flooring materials & new appliances, or they can rip out the entire existing kitchen and build it from scratch to their needs.  Once they have decided on their plan of action, they can then move forward to acquiring quotes for the work involved. 

In point #2, there is often a situation where the upgrades to one room leads to making the connecting room look outdated or disconnected.  We recommend to our clients that should they be upgrading one room in particular, to consider how those anticipated changes will affect the connecting spaces.  Often, for the connecting room(s) adding a fresh coat of paint, extending new flooring choices to include the connecting room and upgrading the light fixtures is all that is needed to blend these areas together visually.  Anticipating this should be a consideration in the budgeting process of their kitchen upgrade project and often won’t be too large of a dent cost wise.

In point #3, Bob & Jen’s option would be to make small changes to their existing kitchen as noted above (flooring, countertops, paint, plumbing fixtures) to make their upgraded kitchen feel more modern while not breaking the bank and not having to worry about straying too far away from the existing charm of their older home.

In the next post we’ll discuss the 2nd phase of the decision-making process in a typical kitchen upgrade/renovation situation, in detail of course!

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