How to Budget for Northern Virginia Additions With Kitchens

Filed Under: Additions    by: Steve Kayhill

Homeowners considering Northern Virginia additions to expand or redesign their existing kitchens need to budget wisely. More involved than the average home addition, a kitchen renovation/addition requires plumbing, electrical and HVAC features that quickly drive up the budget. Get the most from your new kitchen with a properly planned home addition.

Add to Your Existing Kitchen or Move Your Kitchen Into the Addition?

Renovators have two basic choices:

  1. Put an addition on the existing kitchen, expanding floor space in this room.
  2. Move the kitchen into the addition and redesign the existing kitchen space for another use.

Most people would assume that the second option is more expensive, but that depends on a variety of factors. Can you realistically expand onto the existing kitchen? Find out whether an addition in this area would encroach on your property line, and consider how that addition affects the elevation of your house (or the exterior appearance).

In some homes, an expansion of the existing kitchen involves serious construction – including restructuring the roof line, correcting grading issues, changes to concrete foundation or redesigning the exterior finish. Those projects cost a lot of money, and simply relocating the kitchen into an addition within another area of your home could be cheaper.

If an expansion to your existing kitchen layout requires moving the sink and major appliances, plumbing and electrical charges will also be required. Those additional charges may tip the scales, making it a better budget decision to relocate the entire kitchen into the home addition.

Talk to your contractor about the HVAC system and insist that your new kitchen include proper ventilation. This can be done when an existing kitchen is expanded, but some older home layouts may not provide a feasible solution for adequate kitchen venting.

Adding Natural Light

Make your new kitchen feel even larger by adding windows to Northern Virginia additions. Additional windows, or larger windows, create higher levels of natural light and enhance brightness. Sunlight and the right color choices will help your new kitchen to feel larger and more open, a welcoming atmosphere that’s also conducive to productivity and relaxation.

Sometimes bumping out the wall (small scale home additions) or expanding the space to include a breakfast nook (larger scale home additions) is the only way to add windows. When faced with the choice between more cabinetry or more windows, most homeowners opt for the cabinets. Home additions of any size allow for both options.

Budget for high quality windows with Low-E design and double or triple glazing. These windows may add to the initial budget, but create better insulation and reduce heating and cooling costs, saving money over time.

Choosing an Affordable Contractor

Look for a contractor that handles both home additions and kitchen renovations. This contractor will have the experience and professionalism to create a well-built space that includes the latest in kitchen remodeling. Hiring one contractor to handle both elements of this project should also save you money in the end.

Obtain three quotations for the project, and be sure to ask whether or not the contractor uses subcontractors. Find out about warranty coverage for all of the elements involved. Home additions include roofing, exterior finishes and windows, while kitchen renovation warranties should cover the flooring, cabinetry, countertops, plumbing and electrical.

Budgeting for kitchen renovations that involve Northern Virginia additions takes careful planning, Think about the location of your new kitchen, and how the home addition will best fit into your overall floor plan. Include extra windows and hire a contractor that has experience in both types of renovation. When done correctly, this combination adds substantial value to your home.

Simple Remodel Ideas for your Virginia Kitchen

Filed Under: Kitchen    by: Steve Kayhill

Northern Virginia Kitchen Remodeling companies recommend creating a budget of no more than 15% of the total value of your homekitchen_19_jpg when you’re planning a kitchen remodel. If you blow your budget, you can almost guarantee you’ll lose money on the resale. With that considered, it’s hard not to take the time to run a kitchen remodel and install a functional and attractive kitchen. After all, that kind of kitchen remodel offers benefits to newly open space for cooking and suitable space for entertainment.

Take time to consider how long you’ll be in your home, as this will play a role in your plan for your Virginia kitchen remodel.

Improve to Move

If you’re intending to upgrade your home in an effort to sell your house sooner rather than later, then your overall goal shouldn’t be to “wow” potential home buyers. You should be reassuring them that the kitchen you have is in good shape. Whether that’s with the “original” kitchen or the result of a recent kitchen remodel. Here are a few tips to freshen up your kitchen without springing for a Virginia Kitchen Designer.

· Consider new paint and new knobs on the cabinets in your kitchen. A pleasant kitchen redesign is often more effective than a remodel.

· Take a look at the plumbing and the kitchen cabinets. Fix anything that could be loose or broken , such as loose hinges or leaking pipes. It’s easy to turn off a buyer when there are obvious faults.

· Consider a facelift to your kitchen countertops. Virginia kitchen remodels don’t have to be expensive, and sometimes replacing a countertop with a new color is all you need to spice up the kitchen

· If you’re not into a replacing all your kitchen countertops, then consider the install of a new back splash. Creative tile work can add just the right contrast to brighten up a kitchen.

· Replace faucets that leak or don’t seal well, and consider springing for a new kitchen sink. If you’re not sure what the best model would be for your home, consider a consult with a Virginia kitchen designer

· The out-of-sight additions sometimes mean the most. You’d be surprised how many home buyers look for a garbage disposal and check it during a walk through. If your garbage-disposal shakes the house, it’s time to replace it. If you don’t have one, consider picking one up to include it in your new kitchen design.

· Raise your eyes up when you’re thinking about changing the look. Alternative lighting is a great way to change the environment in a kitchen. Adjusting light sources has a major impact on how shadows can mellow out or liven up a room. Consider things like recessed lighting, or track lighting, which is extremely easy to install. Any change in lighting will imbue a lot of extra life, just be sure to consult a Virginia Kitchen Designer on this one, and bring in the aid of a professional electrician.

Spend a little – Make a lot

When considering minor upgrades in your new Virginia kitchen design, keep in mind that minor touch ups won’t cost you much at all. If you’re handy with tools and a good DIY’er then you can squeeze in some fantastic paint and hardware upgrades for less than $150. If you include a new faucet or light fixture in your Virginia kitchen remodel then you may add another $100 to $150 depending on if you install it yourself or not. Spring for a new sink and you could drop somewhere in the range of $1000-$1700.

While this might seem steep at first, a new kitchen design rarely is. The benefit though comes in the sale, when a few thousand dollars in updates and repairs means twice the return. You can’t beat recovering your costs and then some just from bringing in a professional Virginia kitchen remodeling company to act as consultants and point you in the right direction – or do the work for you.

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