What’s Cooking with Kitchen Remodeling? Part 1 By Butch Sprenger, Owner, Destiny Homes - Deephaven Mag March 2019

Kitchens have long been one of most popular remodeling projects for homeowners. A 2018 survey by the National Association of Home Builders reported 78 percent of those surveyed chose a kitchen remodel. But that’s no surprise.

We all spend a lot of time in our kitchens: cooking dinner, baking Christmas cookies, chatting over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. A well-designed kitchen can make every chore easier while creating a space that welcomes family and guests beautifully.

While preparing to sell is one motivating factor (according to Consumer Reports, 53 percent of real estate professionals said that the kitchen is among the most important rooms of the home to have in good shape before selling), that isn’t the only reason to consider updating yours.

Families live a lot differently today than when many older homes were built. No longer do we want to relegate the cook to a separate room. Open concept kitchens took hold in the 1980s and 90s and we’ve never looked back.

Today, kitchens truly are a “hub” where the whole family can spend time together. The kids can do homework while dad cooks mac and cheese and mom finishes a report for work — all within the same comfortable space.

A newly remodeled kitchen can save time with easy-to-clean surfaces, functional layouts and organizational features like recycling bins and cookie pan racks. In fact, a survey conducted by the Research for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence reported 40% of homeowners wished they had spent more money on their kitchen remodel, and their biggest regret was not adding more organizational features.

Costs for remodeling a kitchen can be a little or a lot, it all depends on what your kitchen looks like now, and your priorities. Cliqstudios did some research and estimated that most kitchen remodels cost breaks down by components like this:

• Cabinets: 26%
• Appliances: 18%
• Countertop: 14%
• Install: 13%
• Lighting & Electrical: 10%
• Plumbing: 8%
• Flooring: 7%
• Backsplash: 4%

Whether cooking is your passion or a chore, a great kitchen will make your life better. If you’d like to learn more about remodeling your kitchen (or any other part of your home), check out our website at Destiny-Homes.com or call me at 612-801-7244.
And stay tuned for part 2 in my series about kitchen remodels: Materials and Finishes you’ll Love.

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