To Add On or Not to Add On
Space is often a basic need when remodeling a kitchen. Yet before you knock out the walls, weigh the cost of the extra space vs. either saving the money you would have spent on an addition or putting some of that money into better quality cabinets or higher-end appliances instead.
Ideas to Consider:
- Think about your true goal for kitchen remodeling. Is it really more square footage or is it for a lighter, brighter, more functional kitchen space?
- Look to adjoining rooms where you might steal some square footage. For example, you might take a hodgepodge of smaller rooms (laundry, pantry, bathroom, or mudroom) and merge them into one super-functional kitchen space.
- Discuss your project with a certified kitchen planner or architect to get their ideas. A good space planner may be able to reconfigure the walls, the ceiling, or the windows to make a kitchen space feel larger without the expense of a room addition.
Most kitchen experts agree that one great way to save money on a kitchen remodeling project is to keep the kitchens current layout. That doesnt mean that every new cabinet must be in the same location as the ones you remove.
Youll save money by leaving major systems such as plumbing, gas, electric, and heating intact. Rearranging your layout could result in added expenses such as:
- Additional water lines for sinks, dishwashers, icemakers, and refrigerators
- Moving gas piping for a cooktop or oven
- Re-routing heating and air conditioning ductwork
- Upgrading vents and ducts for arange hood
- Bringing wiring up to current code for wall switches
- Adding wiring for recessed ceiling lights, sconces, or undercabinet lights
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