How to Set a Vision and Budget for your Kitchen Remodel
There are plenty of reasons you may want to remodel your kitchen. You might be looking to add functionality, redesign the space to better suit your personal style or increase your home’s overall value. Consider the options of what you’d like to change, what will give you the greatest impact and what is a priority.
If you’re interested in a “facelift” remodel, you might start with painting a fresh coat of paint on walls and cabinets, changing out the lighting, installing more modern appliances and more! Whether you’re interested in a minor or major remodel, nothing makes an impact like fabulous stone surfaces throughout the kitchen.
Kitchen Remodels Focus on Stone Countertops and Backsplashes
A recent study conducted by Houzz found that homeowners are prioritizing countertops and backsplashes. They found that 35% of homeowners are reportedly splurging on countertops. Countertops were upgraded by more than nine in 10 homeowners (91%) making them the most common feature improved during kitchen renovations with backsplashes following in second place with 86% of upgrades. From the kitchen island, to the surrounding countertops, backsplashes and even stone-clad vent hoods, there are plenty of opportunities to incorporate natural or engineered stone in your kitchen remodel. Let’s explore the key considerations for your kitchen renovation.
Stepping Stones to Making the Best Choice for Your Kitchen Remodel
Take the time to think about what you want for your kitchen remodel and how to achieve it.
There are infinite kitchen redesign images on the internet. Start your research by capturing and saving your favorite designs in a photo album on your phone or create a Pinterest page showcasing the looks you love. These images will serve as a useful reference when you meet with your chosen stone fabricator and installer to help craft your overall plan.
When selecting the ideal stone for your kitchen remodel, ask yourself these questions:
- Are there stones you love?
- What color palettes are you drawn to?
- What is your design style, i.e., classic or contemporary?
Beyond color and style, understanding the usage of your countertops will have you thinking about durability, heat, stain and scratch resistance. These considerations will help you focus on the types of stone that best suit your needs.
Stick to Your Remodeling Budget
Of course, there’s the grand vision and your dream kitchen. And then there’s reality – what can you afford? It’s important to have a budget in mind before you get too far along in dreaming up your new kitchen!
Factors that will play into the budget, beyond the type of stone you choose, include:
- How fast do you want the stone fabricator and installer to work?
- How much stone will you need?
- Will you need removal of cabinetry and existing countertops?
- Have you considered the sinks and existing or new outlets?
Your chosen stone fabricator and installer will help you work through each of these questions delivering a timeline and estimate that will help you know what to expect when it comes to time and cost.
Have No Idea What You Want?
That’s important to know, too! You’ll need a company with an in-house design center to guide you. The best experts are happy to educate you along the way. Our 2022 Guide to Stone Countertops is a useful resource that will guide you to making the best selection.
Let Us Help You Design Your Dream Kitchen
We will work with you every step of the way to design your kitchen countertops and stone surfaces – from selecting the materials, fabricating with precision and installing to your satisfaction in a convenient and fast process. The entire process is designed to be seamless, convenient and personalized to meet your needs, budget and your schedule.
Call us for a free consultation at 512.599.4294 or request a free quote online. You’ll have a chance to visit our design center to work with a stone surfaces expert where you can look at various installations, stone samples and slabs. You can also choose countertop corners, edges and profiles that suit your particular tastes.