You’re probably here because your home isn’t working for you anymore, but you’d prefer not to sell and move. If so, consider making your old housework for you again by updating its floor plan. — This can be a feasible way to transform the outdated dwelling to the kind of home you will love! 😉
If are in the process of exploring floor plan change possibilities, then consider the following scenarios:
Maybe you need more bedrooms and another bath, possibly a two-story addition that solves all your home’s shortcomings
A more open plan might suit your lifestyle, or you may want to create smaller spaces with a specific purpose in mind
Maybe that kitchen is just too small for your culinary ambitions or that bonus room is too big to be of practical benefit
Perhaps you’re planning ahead to provide a place for an aging relative to live nearby, and an apartment addition would be the solution
Updating or remodeling your kitchen can be a great investment of your home improvement dollars, especially if you plan to sell your home in the next few years. Remodeling this center-stage space of family gatherings can further enhance its functionality and utility, enabling you to enjoy the heart of your home to the fullest.
Here are some of the top kitchen remodeling ideas for the year, along with their expected costs and pros and cons of each update.
1. Low-budget Remodel – Do It Yourself can be a Viable Approach here
A kitchen remodel can be done on a shoe-string budget. Just update one part at a time as the budget allows. You can do some or all the work yourself, in some cases, if you are handy and have the necessary time and desire to get your hands dirty. 😉
Otherwise, an investment of $20,000-$25,000 will buy a minor kitchen remodel completed by a professional remodeling contractor but doing some of the work yourself can also bring that price down quite a bit. A minor kitchen remodel could include, but doesn’t have to be limited to the following:
Replacing outdated appliances with new, more energy-efficient appliances
Even a new laminate countertop, which is fairly inexpensive, can make a huge difference. Decide what needs to be done, figure out the cost and have that one part done, or do it yourself, when your paycheck can cover it. — This remodeling approach could take a while, but eventually, you’ll have a beautifully updated kitchen and won’t be too broke to buy groceries. 😉
A minor kitchen remodel will give you an average ROI or recouped value of investment of about 78%. Thus, a minor $25,000 kitchen remodel should add about $19,500 to the value of your home.
2. Refinish the Cupboards
Give your kitchen a face-lift by refinishing the cupboards and drawer fronts instead of replacing them. New pulls and knobs will complete the look. This is fairly inexpensive, and you will be amazed at the difference it makes. You can save even more money by doing it yourself but, be forewarned, it is not as easy as it seems. If the cupboards are in good shape and do not have lots of grooves or intricate carving, it is pretty straightforward. The job will take time, elbow grease and paint that costs about $30 to $60 per gallon, plus $10 to $25 for new pulls and knobs.
However, the cupboards will almost certainly look better if you have the refinishing done professionally. Plan to pay between $1,0500 and $5,500, depending on the number of cabinets and how much repair needs to be done. The average cost is around $4,000.
Investing $3,000 in cupboards will add about $2,500 to the value of your home.
3. Reface those Cabinets
Have the cabinets refaced instead of replacing them if the doors and fronts are too damaged to refinish or if you just want a completely new look. This must be done by a professional.
It generally costs between $2,500 and $15,500, depending on the extent of the work. When cupboards are refaced, the doors, drawer fronts and the actual veneer or wood finish on the outside of the cupboards is replaced. There are a few up-sides to refacing, as opposed to replacing:
Refacing costs less.
You regain the use of your kitchen more quickly.
You don’t have to deal with the hassle of new cupboards that don’t fit.
Even though this option is more expensive than refinishing, it will be worth it if your cupboards are old and outdated. They will look brand new.
The ROI for a $5,000 refacing will be about $4,000 and a big wow factor that you get to enjoy every time you go into the kitchen.
4. Refinish Walls
New paint or wallpaper, along with the refinished cupboards, will leave your kitchen looking fresh and brand new. You can do this yourself, of course, or hire a professional.
If you hire a professional to paint, plan on spending between $500 and $1,500, depending on the size of the room. Having wallpaper installed by a professional will generally cost between $750 and $2,000. Doing it yourself is much cheaper but painting or hanging wallpaper in between the cupboards can be tricky.
This minor investment may not give you much in the way of ROI but it will probably help sell your home more quickly. Think of this as curb appeal for your kitchen.
5. Replace Flooring
Replace your kitchen flooring with cork or vinyl tiles. These materials are inexpensive and easy to put down yourself in most kitchens.
Cork tiles cost around $4.00 to $8.50 per square foot for materials and supplies, while vinyl tiles are $3.00 to $5.50 per sq.ft. for good quality vinyl tiles and supplies. There are some pros and cons to consider here.
Easy DIY project in most kitchens.
Not usually a very long-lasting flooring, although some come with a 25-year warranty.
Existing flooring may need to be removed or underlayment might be required.
New flooring makes a big difference. The floor is the largest surface area in your kitchen and the first thing you see before you even enter the room.
The ROI on $500 worth of new flooring won’t add to your home value but it will make a big impression on prospective buyers.
6. Mid-Range Kitchen Remodel
Larger, total kitchen remodels generally cost between $20,000 and $40,000 and entail a complete tear-out of the old… well, everything. Consider all possibilities and come up with a plan before the work begins.
Give plenty of thought to what works best for you in addition to what materials you want. Keep in mind that this room must be built for function, not just aesthetics.
Let your intentions guide your remodeling plans. Return on investment for kitchens is generally only 60 to 80 percent, although this varies considerably from area to area. — This means you will likely only recoup a little over half to three-quarters of what you invest in most locations.
It may, however, help your house sell more quickly. If you are remodeling to sell, keep the colors and materials on the neutral side. A prospective buyer may be turned off by too much bright purple.
The national average ROI on a minor kitchen remodel is 80.2% but in Chicago it is 102.9%. You should only expect to recoup about 65% of the cost on a major remodel.
7. Small Kitchen Planning
Even though a small kitchen may seem like an easier remodel than a large kitchen, you actually may need to get a bit more creative. Small kitchens can be difficult.
Rip out the old cupboards and appliances in your mind and let your creative juices flow.
Imagine the cupboards, sink and appliances in every possible configuration to get the most out of the limited space. Plumbing can be moved. It will cost an additional $1,000 to $1,500 or so but that extra cost may be well worth it in the long run.
Keep the kitchen sink in front of the window, if possible. Use cupboards that extend all the way to the ceiling to get as much storage space as possible.
Spending $25,000 will add about $20,675 to the value of your home. Do not invest too much. You could add more value to the home than the area housing market will support. Rule of thumb – do not spend more than 5% to 7% of the home’s value on remodeling.
There are two reasons homeowners want to make their homes greener; some people want to go green to protect the environment. Others will go green because it results in more green dollar bills in their wallet.
Fortunately, the two don’t have to be exclusive; you can protect the environment and save money at the same time. A big way to do so is to make sure that you have adequate insulation and ventilation for your roof and the attic space.
Heat rises, and that means most of the heat loss from your home goes out the top of the house. This is especially true if you don’t have adequate insulation and sealing in your attic’s floor space. To make sure your home is as comfortable as possible, to ensure minimal heat loss, to save money on your heating bills, and to help protect the environment, an upgrade in your insulation is in order.
A Wide Variety of Insulation Options
Making the decision to improve your home’s attic and roof insulation is the easy part. The hard part, however, is determining what type of insulation to use, and where to put it.
The easiest (unless you’re having a new roof put on the house), and most effective, way to boost the insulation in your home is to insulate and air seal the attic floor. Many homes have at least some access to this space, and because of the size attics can hold quite a bit of insulation. But where you put the insulation, and what type, can vary even inside the space.
Between the Joists – If you have an unfinished attic space, the most common area to insulate is between the ceiling joists but leaving the area between rafters uninsulated. This provides for maximum air flow through the attic while keeping the living space insulated.
Most commonly the spaces between the joists are filled with blow-in fiberglass insulation. However, the do-it-yourselfer may want to lay down fiberglass batting as it’s easier to work with and there is no special equipment needed. How much should you have? It’s recommended that the R value be at least R-38; or 10-14 inches of insulation.
Between the Rafters – Many homes have increased their living space by finishing the attic. But without insulating the ceiling, the space would be largely uninhabitable most of the year. If this is the case, then you want to insulate between the rafters.
Before you slap up insulation, however, you must remember that the house needs room to “breathe.” If your insulation is pressed tightly against the bottom of the roof decking, there’s nowhere for the air to go, and you can end up with major problems. To counter these problems, baffles are installed to keep a small space between the insulation and the roof deck. As the air in the baffles heats up, it can flow to the peak and out the roof vent.