How to Save Money on a Kitchen Remodel

How to Save Money on a Kitchen Remodel

How to Save Money on a Kitchen RemodelFind out how to save money on a kitchen remodel from GNH designer, Michele Gregg.

Are you dreaming of an updated kitchen but don’t have a huge budget to spend? Maybe you’re thinking of selling and want to bump up the value of your existing kitchen and make a great first impression? Well, you’ve come to the right place! From a few small cosmetic updates to a major reno, GNH kitchen designer, Michele Gregg shares her secrets for how to save money on a kitchen remodel.

If you’re looking to update your kitchen on a tight budget, there are many different approaches depending on the size of your project. There are a few tried and true updates that are low cost with big impact. But if you have a little bit more to spend, a well-placed upgrade can reap big rewards when it comes to resale value.

Here are a few simple ways to create a functional & aesthetically pleasing kitchen, without spending a fortune.

  1. Fresh coat of paint. A new wall color can change the room drastically!
  2. Wallpaper an accent wall. Wallpaper is making a comeback! Give the room a focal point… Easily add texture and depth.
  3. Hang a new light. Swapping out existing light fixtures will give a fresh update to your space. You can select a light to fit your desired style.
  4. Add undercabinet lighting, gives great task lighting!
  5. Replace your faucet.
  6. Swap out your cabinet hardware. This is a great way to add some style to your cabinetry.

The best part? All these projects can be completed by a DIY homeowner on a weekend!

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For a full-fledged kitchen remodel, you can pick and choose what to upgrade in order to get the most bang for your buck.

Here are my recommendations for cutting costs on your kitchen remodel.

  1. New Design, Old Layout – Embarking on a new design using your existing layout will help keep labor costs and construction costs down. Relocating appliances, plumbing & electrical can also inflate costs.
  2. Keep Existing Appliances – If you keep your existing appliances and replace only as needed, you can use that money elsewhere in the remodel. There are many appliances that you can swap out after your remodel is complete. With some appliances, advanced planning with your designer will be necessary. Example: Your current working refrigerator is a 32” wide, but you know you will want a 36” French Door refrigerator. Your designer can ensure your space will accommodate the future refrigerator.
  3. Avoid Costly Project Delays – With a kitchen remodel, it is more than just replacing cabinetry. Working with an experienced designer will help you navigate all aspects of this remodel. Designers stay up to date on trends & new materials. They are familiar with their local building codes and working with contractors. Their experience will translate to avoiding delays and will save money in the long run.
  4. Choose Affordable Cabinetry – Cabinetry comes in a variety of pricing. All serve a purpose, when paired with the right application. Working with a designer will help you navigate the quality, customization, and necessities for your space & budget.
  5. Prioritize Needs vs. Wants – Make a list of ideas, necessities, and dreams for your space… prioritize them in order of most important to least important. Be realistic with yourself! Understand how certain cost-effective products can help with achieving your dream list. Or invest in top desired items first and stretch your projects out over time.

What's the Best Layout for Large Kitchens?

Are you ready to begin your kitchen remodel plan? Visit one of our showrooms to discuss your kitchen remodel with an expert designer today!

7 Kitchen Remodel Tips From the Pros

7 Kitchen Remodel Tips from the ProsLooking for kitchen remodel tips from the pros?

Get a jump-start on planning and designing the perfect kitchen for your family! It’s easy to create a gorgeous new kitchen with help from the pros. They’ve been doing it for years and are often on top of the newest trends. To help you get started, check out these 7 kitchen remodel tips and trends from GNH Kitchen Designer, Michele Gregg.

Things to Consider as You Plan a New Kitchen

1) Budget Wisely

When you’re planning a kitchen remodel, making a budget and sticking to it is key. The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) recommends spending 15-20% of your home’s value on your kitchen remodel. This guideline ensures that your new kitchen is a wonderful investment towards the value of your home.

2) Consult a Pro

Don’t forget: a kitchen remodel involves more than just replacing cabinetry. Working with an experienced designer will help you navigate all aspects of your kitchen remodel. From cabinets and countertops, to lighting and fixtures, and more! Designers stay up to date on trends & new materials. They are familiar with their local building codes and working with contractors. Their experience will translate to avoiding delays and will save money in the long run.

3) Have patience!

Each space is unique, and your perfect kitchen will take time to design, plan and create. Take time to enjoy the process of designing, planning, and product selection. It will be worth it in the long run! The more challenges you can anticipate and solve in advance, the faster your remodel will go, and the more money you will save.

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Popular Kitchen Design Trends

4) Add More Functions

Today’s kitchens are designed to accommodate more than just cooking. Kitchen designers now create spaces where people can gather, play games, and even work on their laptops or mobile devices. Of course, the modern kitchen is still a place for cooking, baking, cleanup and prepping meals. But, in addition to these basic functions, our kitchens have evolved. We’re now using this all-important room to entertain our family & friends, help our kids finish their homework, balance household budgets or plan parties–and much more!

5) Break it Open

Open concepts are very popular. Even the smallest kitchens will feel bigger and brighter in an open concept layout. This also floods the space with daylight coming from windows in other rooms and can facilitate airflow. But larger kitchen spaces are also trending towards the open concept layout. By opening up this all-important room to the living room, you make it easier to interact with your family or guests from the kitchen as they relax on the couch. You can add space needed to create “entertaining zones” like coffee nooks, breakfast bars, and more.

6) Work Smarter

Smart kitchens are plugging in. More and more, manufactures are implementing “smart” technology into the kitchen and bath. You can now turn on or adjust the settings of your appliances and faucets with Alexa, Google, or your smart phone or device. Expect to see more innovation with technology in the kitchen and bath over the next few years.

7) Go Bold

Design with color and texture in mind. White Shaker style cabinetry has been popular for years now. While it still remains popular, we are now finding ways to introduce color and texture. A dark navy-blue island stands out against the white perimeter cabinets. Wood stained floating shelves that coordinate with the hardwood floors. A honed or “leathered finish” countertop that creates warmth.

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Have fun designing your gorgeous new kitchen!


Are you ready to begin your kitchen remodel plan? Visit one of our showrooms to discuss your kitchen remodel with an expert designer today!

What’s the Timeframe for a Kitchen Remodel?

What’s the Timeframe for a Kitchen Remodel?

What’s the Timeframe for a Kitchen Remodel?

It’s exciting to plan a new kitchen, especially if you’ve been living with an outdated space. You envision sleek new countertops, cabinets, and appliances. You might even have the hardware and paint colors selected!

But a kitchen renovation, like all home improvement projects, involves a very specific timeframe. Knowing what to expect during a kitchen remodel will help you and your whole family relax and enjoy the transition from an ugly old kitchen to a beautiful new one. Here are a few key guidelines for any kitchen design project from KraftMaid Cabinetry.

1) PLAN

What will your new kitchen look like? How will it function? What is your budget? These are all questions to answer while planning your remodel. KraftMaid suggests revising your design plan often. “It’s easier and far less expensive to try out ideas on paper than it is to change course after you order materials and begin construction.”

It helps to work with an expert GNH Kitchen Designer as you plan. They will make suggestions that can save you time and money, help you choose materials, and even recommend local contractors!

2) ORDER

Expect 4-6 weeks before your cabinets arrive. This gives you time to purchase fixtures, flooring, and appliances. Plan ahead for life during construction during this time. You may need to set up a temporary kitchen elsewhere in the home, plan easier methods for cooking meals, and other logistical concerns.

3) CONSTRUCTION 

Depending on the scope of your kitchen design project, construction can take a few days or up to 2 weeks. Your kitchen designer will have the best sense of the exact timeframe. During this stage, demolition happens, as well as plumbing, electric, and HVAC, as needed. Expect surprises and delays—they’re a normal part of every remodel!

4) INSTALLATION

This is where the magic happens! Your new kitchen starts to come to life as your contractor lays flooring, installs new cabinets and countertops, as well as lighting, faucets, backsplash, and hardware.

 

Create Your Dream Kitchen Space!

Our expert designers are ready to help bring your vision to life on time and on budget. Visit our showroom or connect with the team at GNH to get started! Download our free kitchen planning guide.


Source: https://www.kraftmaid.com/getting-ready/planning-your-project/project-timeline/

What's the Best Layout for Large Kitchens?

What’s the Best Layout for Large Kitchens?

What's the Best Layout for Large Kitchens?

Is your kitchen space large or open concept? The layout of your kitchen design will help establish work zones, influence counter space, and allow for seating – or maybe not. Your GNH designer will help you choose a layout that maximizes your larger kitchen space and supports your family’s goals.

Download our free kitchen planning guide.

Here are two popular kitchen layouts for larger kitchens from KraftMaid:

1. G-Shaped Kitchens

This layout uses nearly every square foot of available floor space by adding a peninsula or partial fourth wall of base cabinets to a U-shaped layout. Because the narrower entrance into the work zone can make a cook feel claustrophobic, this layout works best in larger kitchens.

  • Adding a short return on the open side of U-shaped layout minimizes traffic flow in and out of the work zone.
  • There are plenty of places to set up specialized zones.
  • This layout features the most corner base cabinets. Use corner storage solutions in your design plan to maximize utility in these awkward spaces.

2. U-Shaped Kitchens

A U-shaped kitchen has cabinets along three walls with open access on the remaining side.  If your room is large enough, set up multiple work zones on different sides of the “U” so two people can use the kitchen without getting into each other’s way.

  • Continuous countertops and ample storage surround the cook.
  • A U-shaped kitchen has potential for more upper cabinets than other layouts.
  • When three perimeter walls aren’t available, add a peninsula to an L-shaped kitchen to form the third side of the “U.”

Create Your Dream Kitchen Space!

Our expert designers are ready to help bring your vision to life on time and on budget. Visit our showroom or connect with the team at GNH to get started!

 

Source: https://www.kraftmaid.com/getting-ready/planning-your-project/layout-options/

 

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Brighten Up Your Kitchen in 3 Easy Steps

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Instead of letting your dull, outdated kitchen get you down, give yourself the bright, new kitchen you really want to spend time in.

There are many tips and tricks to making your kitchen brighter, including these 3 budget-friendly kitchen improvement steps.

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How to Design Your Kitchen with Extra Storage

How to Design Your Kitchen with Extra Storage

How to Design Your Kitchen with Extra Storage

If you’re planning a new kitchen, or updating an existing one, it’s a good idea to design your kitchen with extra storage in mind right from the start. It’s almost impossible to have too much storage – but having not enough can result in frustration, wasted time and pervasive clutter.

Did you ever find yourself stacking pots inside the oven when it’s not in use? Or maybe your countertops are doubling as storage spaces for appliances and less frequently used items. In general, lack of storage makes it challenging to organize your space for ease of use. So, why not ramp up your storage from the very beginning?

When in doubt, call on the kitchen design experts at GNH Lumber for storage tips!

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Try These Kitchen Color Combinations that POP!

Kitchen Color Combinations that POP!

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Make a statement! Try these bold kitchen color combinations. And, when in doubt, don’t forget to ask the kitchen design experts at GNH Lumber for guidance and tips. Schedule a free consultation.

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4 Creative Kitchen Design Ideas to Try

4 Creative Kitchen Design Ideas to Try

4 Creative Kitchen Design Ideas to Try

Want to completely transform the way your home looks and functions this year? Because the kitchen is the most dynamic, gathering-oriented and useful room in the home, a kitchen redesign is an easy way to create a big impact. And did we mention that it increases your home’s resale value?  It’s a win-win!

No matter the budget or style, there’s a great kitchen solution waiting to fit your family’s tastes and needs. Consider these creative kitchen design ideas when planning your kitchen remodel. And, when in doubt, don’t forget to ask the kitchen design experts at GNH Lumber for guidance and tips. Schedule a free consultation.

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Creating a Kitchen that You – and Your Wallet – will Love!

Creating a Kitchen that You – and Your Wallet – will Love!

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Keri likes to think of designers as ‘creative problem solvers,’ and her first task at hand, when working with a client, is to gather information about your “project, lifestyle, and overall design taste.” Always, her emphasis is on listening:

“You can achieve a lot through listening and asking the right questions, communication is a large part of my occupation. I then build the design around what I know of my client and their needs, as opposed to simply creating something that I like. This makes all the difference.”

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DIY: How to Install a Subway Tile Backsplash

subway tile backsplashSubway tile backsplashes are a growing trend in kitchens and baths and can make for a gorgeous, clean finish.

By taking on some of the work yourself during your kitchen or bath remodel, you can save money and have fun in the process! Installing a subway tile backsplash is a simple project for any DIYer.

Download our free kitchen planning guide.

In this DIY, we’ll help you learn how to install a kitchen or bath subway tile backsplash in 7 simple steps:

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