Pittsburgh-ReadThisBeforeYouRemodelYourKitchenKitchen remodeling projects present a number of choices. The options and alternatives available to you make you prioritize what is most important.

With the different styles and features available, sorting out what you want can be difficult to do.

Every upgrade might sound great, but it comes with an increase in cost. Unless you have an unlimited budget, you probably want to take a selective approach. Maximize your investment by getting the best looking and most effective products.

Here are some things to keep in mind before you make your final kitchen remodeling decisions.

Decide What to Splurge On

Not all kitchen products are created equal. budgets are tight. To make the best use of your dollars, you need to pick what makes the most “cents.”

Here are some items that are often worth the extra money:

  • Second sink - A second sink can really come in handy. Whether you have a second chef, need additional room for cleaning up or have it for bartending during parties, a second sink can be a big asset.
  • Paneled cabinets - For a customized look that sets your kitchen apart.
  • Full extension, soft-close drawer guides - These drawer guides help you get the most out of every cabinet. They give you full access and are also easier to close, avoiding slamming that can cause damage to your structures.

Think twice before paying for:

  • Glazed and Distressed cabinet finishes - These finishes can increase costs by as much as 30% on cabinets. These types of finishes can also come in and out of style depending on recent trends. Don't just follow recent trends. Make sure the cabinet finish you select is something you'll enjoy looking at for the next decade.
  • Wine Fridge - This is a tough one for wine lovers. Some people get them and really enjoy them, however, a lot of people realize that they don’t really need a dozen bottles of wine kept at 55 degrees eating up space in their kitchen. If you’re a connoisseur with a collection this might be something to think about putting in your basement.
  • Taking down walls and moving gas lines and electric - Taking down walls and moving gas lines and electric must be carefully evaluated. These measures are extremely expensive, which doesn’t mean you should rule them out, but before you make your decision make sure the finished product is worth it.  

Anticipate Kitchen Remodel Costs

  • 16% of a budget on walls, ceilings, floors, doors and windows
  • 29% on cabinets and hardware
  • 22% on design visualization and installation
  • 10% on counters
  • 14% on appliances
  • 9% on electrical and plumbing

Additional Tips for a Great Remodel

1. Order Manufacturer Direct/Factory Cabinets over Local Woodshops
  • Warranties up to 25 years
  • More precise cutting and customization
  • More stable wood products often utilized
  • Baked-on finishes that are more durable
2. Consider LED for under cabinet Lighting

LED are more expensive than traditional and older products on the front end, but last longer and aren’t hot to the touch. They also use energy a lot more efficiently than regular candescent bulbs and can save you money in the long term. 3. Go For Drawers Over Rollout Trays

Drawers are easier to open and don’t require you to open doors first and then pull them out. 4. Be Careful with Expose Shelving

Exposed shelving can attract dust, so only use them for items used frequently such as cups and cereal bowls.

5. Consult a Professional Before Buying Materials

Sometimes you can find material at amazing prices. This is a great way to cut some costs on an expensive project, but make sure you're on the same page as your contractor before you do. You want to do this project right the first time and buying materials that won't work correctly is a huge setback.

Every home and every project involves different variables, but these tips can provide general guidance for most situations.

By paying extra attention to these areas you can make the most of your budget and get the project done right the first time!