Are you considering a kitchen remodel but have been held back by misinformation? You’re not alone. There are plenty of myths and misconceptions about kitchen remodels that can scare people away from even starting the process. But don’t worry – we’re here to debunk those myths and set the record straight. Read on to learn the truth about five common lies about kitchen remodels. Dispel any doubts or fears you may have, and get excited to start planning your perfect kitchen!
Lie 1: I Can Do It Myself
There are a lot of reasons why people think kitchen remodels are easy. Maybe they watched too many home improvement shows on TV, where any homeowner can do it themselves in one weekend with no problems. Or perhaps they have some experience working on their house or doing renovations that convinced them to take on this project alone.
Let’s be clear: you should not do your own kitchen remodeling if you’re not an experienced home improver, have the right tools and equipment for the job, have the time to dedicate to completing it successfully, and if you plan on staying in your home for quite a while.
If you hire a professional instead, is there anything wrong with that? Not really! A kitchen contractor will guide you through each step of planning the design layout, purchasing materials, and completing the final product. They’ll be able to install it faster than you could do yourself, they have access to discounted prices on kitchen cabinets, flooring, counters, and other kitchen remodeling supplies, saving you money in the long run. Plus there’s less risk of damage to your home since they know what they’re doing.
Lie 2: It Is Better If It’s Bigger
This might seem like an obvious answer, but the obvious reason, in this case, is that it’s not true. A bigger kitchen may be more expensive, but it will likely also require more time and materials to complete the job. This means that you’ll spend more than you planned on your kitchen remodel and wait longer than expected for completion.
The truth about kitchen remodeling lies somewhere in between small and big. There are many options in between these two extremes that can still allow you to completely upgrade your current space without breaking the bank or taking forever to wrap up the project. How long is “forever,” anyway? The average kitchen takes around four weeks to complete when working with a capable contractor, so time beyond would indicate something other than a typical kitchen remodel.
Lie #3: Your Home’s Value Will Skyrocket After You Complete Your Kitchen Remodel
This is actually another instance in which bigger isn’t necessarily better when it comes to kitchen remodeling. If you’re planning on selling your home soon following the completion of this project, then the truth is that you might be doing yourself a disservice by investing in an overly luxurious kitchen design.
Most buyers look for homes with neutral colors and simple, classic features like cabinets and countertops. Rather than spending extra money on quartz countertops or finishes like stainless steel, consider something more affordable like cultured marble or laminate.
These are still fashionable choices but will likely decrease the cost of your kitchen renovation, thus increasing the amount you’ll have to put toward other aspects of your home, like landscaping or an updated bedroom set.
Lie #4: Kitchens Should Be Remodeled To Reflect The Most Recent Trends
The idea that you have to remodel your kitchen in line with the latest design trends is quite a common one, but it actually isn’t true. The truth of the matter is that there are many different styles of kitchen layouts and designs, ranging from ultra-modern to more traditional choices, so if you’re worried about having an out-of-date kitchen when you embark on a remodel project, then know that it’s perfectly fine for your chosen layout to reflect the decor popular in your home when the house was first built. Modernism has been around since approximately 1925 after all!
Kitchens are the type of room that is most in need of your personal touch. Incorporating the newest trends into your kitchen does not have to be a prime consideration when remodeling, instead, it should be about what you personally want in your kitchen. After all, it’s meant to become your own little piece of heaven whether you cook or not!
Lie #5: Style Is Far More Important Than Functionality And Storage
When you are planning a kitchen remodel, one of the things that often get recognized is how little storage value there is to some kitchens. The thing about kitchen style is that it may be important enough to have if you are buying a new house, but when it comes to home renovations, then the only thing that should be considered is functionality.
Style can win over function in many cases. Some people just aren’t into how functional the kitchen has become and want something with flare even though they don’t cook at all. For example, somebody who just takes out their phone for an order will find the oven useless when they could purchase microwaveable products almost anywhere for much less than what it would cost to buy a real oven.
Although kitchen storage and style are both important, you should never give up on storage for the sake of style. It’s often the case that homeowners will replace their existing cabinets with more modern ones, only to find they have little space to work with. In fact, kitchen renovations can offer a great opportunity to create additional kitchen storage by installing more cabinets or adding wall shelves.
Kitchen remodels are a huge investment–both in terms of time and money. That’s why it’s important to make sure you have all the facts before you start tearing down walls or ordering new cabinets. We hope this article has helped debunk some of the most common myths about kitchen remodels. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us today for a free consultation. We would be happy to help you create the perfect kitchen for your home.
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