The kitchen is the heart of your home. It is where your family gathers, meals are served, and memories are made. Even in houses where cooking isn’t necessarily a top priority, the kitchen usually becomes the stomping grounds for snacking, cleaning, and casual conversations. For those reasons, and many more, it is important to get your kitchen remodel right.
Get your kitchen remodel started off right by answering three important questions:
Whether you’re looking for minimal modifications or a modern kitchen overhaul, with the right flooring, countertops, cabinets, and accessories you can completely transform your kitchen to a space that is warm, inviting, and enjoyable for all who enter.
When you walk into your kitchen each morning to grab a cup of coffee before work, or to make the kids lunches for school, are you happy with your space? At ACo, our top priority is to help you love where you live. We want you to walk into your kitchen every morning feeling a sense of comfort, happiness, and satisfaction. The only way to achieve that is to have a kitchen you love! Not feeling these emotions? Maybe it’s time for an update!
Besides creating an area where you love to spend time, kitchen remodels are an overall great investment. While it’s certainly an investment of both your money and time, the results, however minimal, can bring high returns—like these:
With our proven team of experts and worry-free service, ACo makes remodeling easy—even helping you identify the latest kitchen design trends to determine which updates will get the most return on investment all while matching your style.
One of the most common topics our clients ask us about when it comes to remodeling is the budget. However, with each project and home being different, it is nearly impossible to give a set figure on what a renovation should cost.
When planning your remodel, it’s important to consider how long you intend to stay in your home. If you think you will be selling within the next five years, you will want to look at any improvements as an investment.
However, if you are planning on staying in your current home for longer, choose updates that will make you happiest and make your life easier.
For a complete kitchen remodel, we recommend budgeting 10% to 20% of your home’s value. According to Remodeling Magazine, the average budget for an upscale kitchen renovation in the Midwest is about $126,000.
For some new homeowners, the idea of starting a kitchen remodel can feel a bit overwhelming. The thought of giving up such a high-functioning space for an extended period of time in order to make necessary updates may seem…well…unnecessary. To help combat fears and prepare you for what’s ahead, here are some best practices and helpful tips to get you going.
When it comes to prep work, start by cleaning out your kitchen and getting rid of anything you don’t use or need. Then set aside anything you feel you will need for a temporary kitchen setup and put the rest away in storage.
During your renovation, certain appliances and plumbing won’t be available for use. This would be the time to designate a space in your house for plugging in things like a microwave or crockpot as well as washing dishes using the bathroom or laundry room sink. Try to keep everything contained to one area and away from construction dust. Here are a few items to consider for your temporary kitchen:
A construction zone is no place for children and pets and could have potential safety hazards. If you have younger children or pets, invest in baby gates or other barriers to keep them away from the construction area.
If your kitchen is adjacent to a living room or dining room, it might be wise to take down nearby wall hangings or other valuables so nothing falls over or breaks. If you want to protect furniture, consider purchasing plastic or canvas furniture covers.
They have been through this many times and can advise you on what to expect during construction, as well as offer solutions to problems that arise. Open and honest communication will see you through any home project!
Looking for additional tips on surviving a remodel? Read more about what you should know before you remodel for a stress-less project.
When selecting a countertop for your kitchen remodel, there are many factors to consider: layout, finish, style, hardware, design, etc. While these elements will influence the overall aesthetics of your kitchen, you can’t forget the need for functionality.
Now, you have some choices to make in that arena, like whether you want a bar or counter height, quartz or granite, or maybe even if you want built-in seating. But before all of that, you must consider one thing: your lifestyle.
Are you more eat and entertain or prep and indulge? Do you want something more cost effective or something more sustainable? The point is that determining how you will use your kitchen and how it fits into your lifestyle will make decisions like choosing countertops much easier.
Here are some of the most common countertop factors for you to consider:
Survey says… accessories. That’s right—the small design tweaks from corner storage to backsplash organization can turn an ordinary remodel into an extraordinary one. When considering updating your kitchen don’t forget to review accessories you might find useful or interesting to the new space.
Remember the days when you were limited to dreaming about what your kitchen remodel might look like, only to be let down once it’s actually finished?
Thanks to Virtual Reality (VR), those days are all but gone.
VR is transforming the home remodel process by eliminating the gap between your imagination and the space you’re remodeling.
What does that mean for you?
Using VR technology, you can experience an immersive, 3D rendering of your kitchen remodel before construction even begins. Now, you can see how everything in your remodel—the kitchen, appliances, cabinets, ceilings, floors, furniture, and kitchen lighting—aesthetically interacting to ensure your new design meets all of your needs, removing surprises down the road and helping manage costs.
Are you ready to tackle a home improvement project while practicing social distancing, but aren’t sure where to start? Want to see how your kitchen remodel ideas might look?
ACo is here to help.
Using video conferencing, in home measuring apps, virtual reality, and even our flooring visualizer, our designers will guide you through design and installation of your project from afar.
At ACo, we want you to love where you live. That is our promise to you, and it guides everything we do.
Kitchen remodel ideas can be daunting, but we are here to help! We guide you through our simple approach – The ACo Way – to ensure a worry-free new kitchen experience that allows you to love where you live.
Our cultivated team of experts, specializing in everything from design to construction, partner with you through every step of your project. Through open communication and well-defined expectations, we help you manage the emotional rollercoaster.
Get started on your new kitchen by connecting with ACo. Connect with us for a complimentary in-home design consultation, or visit our one-stop shop at our showroom + design studio. When you’re ready to love where you live with a luxurious kitchen, lavish bath, beautiful cabinets, or stunning flooring space, we’re ready to make it happen.