Investing in Functionality of Kitchen
Kitchen cabinets, storage, and decorative enhancements are not only a purchase, but an investment that will pay dividends every day for you and your family as you use and enjoy the kitchen space created.
When making a significant kitchen design, it all comes down to determining what you need versus what you want. Selection of wood species, door styles, finish techniques, kitchen storage solutions and decorative enhancements – all at varying price points, we need to mix and match the things you want with the things you need and have it all add up to the perfect room for your lifestyle at a price that works for you. All this is not a easy works.
The kitchen is the most expensive room in the house to equip and, if done well, is the room that most often helps sell a house at the asking price. When planning your kitchen renovation, keep in mind that a good portion of the cost of installing a new kitchen can be recovered when the home is sold – it’s an investment in your home’s equity. Even in today’s economy, research shows that returns of 70-120% of the kitchen investment are being realized at the point of project completion.
Budget Of Kitchen Renovation in Kuala Lumpur
Most homeowners have an idea at the outset of how much they want to spend. However, deciding how to allocate those dollars can be confusing, especially with all of the options that are available.
A recent national survey conducted by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (USA) offers a guideline for allocating your construction budget. They found that, on average, consumers working with a kitchen designer spent:
- 48% on kitchen cabinet
- 18% on countertops
- 15% on appliances
- 6% on faucets/sinks/plumbing
- 5% on lighting/electrical
- 5% on flooring
- 3% on wall treatment/molding/trim
When creating a budget, keep the following suggestions in mind:
- Educate yourself on the average cost of a remodel. A rule of thumb is to not let your kitchen remodeling budget exceed 15% of your home’s fair market value.
- Plan your budget for a 10% overage in case there are unexpected expenses that occur.
- To avoid incorrect cabinetry measurements, talk with your designer about any major appliances you want to purchase before you finalize the kitchen design, since they will impact the overall measurement of the room.
- Work with your kitchen designer to understand the cost differences between the various types of material, door styles and finish techniques. Determine the aspects of your cabinetry selection and kitchen design that are non-negotiable.
- To scale back financially, ask yourself if all chosen features are necessary. However, bear in mind that what you might not miss now could be an essential feature months or years later. Avoid future disappointment by including as much functionality as possible early in the design process. This is especially true of kitchen storage solutions (kitchen cabinet) that need to be put in place when the cabinetry is being installed.