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Kitchen & Bathroom Remodels: Where to Skimp and Where to Splurge

Most people dream of having an updated kitchen or bathroom in their home. Not only does a kitchen or bathroom remodel make your house look and feel more modern, but those updates can add value to your home when the time comes for you to sell – if you do your remodel right.

Completely remodeling your kitchen or bathroom isn’t cheap. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2017 Cost vs. Value Report, a midrange minor kitchen remodel costs $21,640, while a midrange major kitchen remodel costs $64,404 and a midrange major bathroom remodel costs $19,766. Although at first glance your remodel may seem pricey, it’s always worth it in the end.

5 Questions Answered about Kitchen and Bathroom Remodels

Here are answers to five common questions about where you should skimp and splurge during your kitchen and bathroom remodels.

  1. How can kitchens and bathrooms be updated without a complete remodel?

Even if you don’t want to spend top dollar, a modest kitchen or bathroom remodel can also have impressive results. Determine your budget, and work on updating what you can.

If you are looking for a quick update prior to a full-on remodel, consider a simple wall, floor or tile color change. The fresh look can make your room pop, even if you don’t immediately replace your cabinets, appliances, shower or vanity. Look for colors that will please you (HGTV says gray is in right now) until you are able to work with a pro.

  1. When remodeling a kitchen, how can you cut costs without cutting corners?

Custom cabinets are popular features during kitchen remodels, but the cost can quickly add up. A more affordable option would be semi-custom cabinets. This is basically stock cabinetry, but you’ll have the ability make some changes and add details – as long as your space will accommodate basic sizes (and most do).

We work closely with our kitchen/bathroom designers to draw up plans that not only look nice but also are functional and accommodate your storage needs. Crystal Kennedy is an award winning certified kitchen designer and you will find her a delight to work with.

There are so many tile options available today, but many of them cost a lot of money. For your new backsplash, look into glass or subway tile options. You’ll pay less by the square foot compared to stone tile, and the outcome is just as beautiful. Often, a design can include a small section of decorative tile to give it the flare you want without busting the budget.

Kitchen & Bathroom Remodels: Where to Skimp and Where to Splurge

  1. When remodeling a kitchen, what items are worth splurging on and why?

With so much emphasis on kitchens today, it’s hard to figure out what you should splurge on – because everything seems important. But usually, it’s not.

Instead of focusing on the finishes and fixtures, focus on the functionality of the kitchen.

  1. How do you use the space?
  2. Do you like to cook creative meals, or is your style more quick meals?
  3. How many chefs are in the family and do you prepare meals together?
  4. Do you entertain?
  5. What is the one thing about your kitchen that you love and the one thing that you can’t wait to change?
  6. How else does your family use this space?

Those are just some of the questions a professional remodeling firm will ask you as we figure out how best to design your kitchen so that meets your needs and functions for your family.

Kitchen & Bathroom Remodels: Where to Skimp and Where to Splurge

  1. What items are worth splurging on when remodeling a bathroom?

A high-end shower tops the must-have list. A tiled stand-alone shower is among bathroom remodel favorites, and you have options to make yours as impressive as possible. If you’re going to splurge on your shower, be sure you spend the extra money on a top-of-the-line faucet system.

New flooring can also take your bathroom to a whole new level. Splurge on high quality stone tiling or wood-like tiles to give your bathroom that luxury spa vibe. Add in bathroom floor heating and your toes will never be cold again.

  1. What items are tops for return on investment?

In addition to giving you a room you will love, kitchen and bathroom remodels can add value to your home. USA Today compiled a list of the 11 features that buyers will pay more for in a house; at least six of those features involved the kitchen or bathroom. Consider top-of-the-line countertops, appliances and flooring. In your bathroom, luxury or freestanding tubs and a remodeled shower can add value while giving your room a modern flair.

Start planning your remodeling project today. Contact us at 503-652-1783 or

*Photos used in this article are stock.

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