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Key Features for Kitchen Renovations

by Mike Dodd, Home Remodeling Expert
May 11, 2017

Question: What features require maximum investment when it comes to kitchen renovations?

Answer: Kitchen designs are always in flux as new materials are introduced to the marketplace with breathtaking speed.  At the end of the day, however, there have always been three primary cost centers associated with kitchen renovation projects: cabinetry, countertops and appliances.  We live in a metropolitan area where the big box stores have made some inroads into the custom cabinet arena, but custom is still the predominant choice.  A very compelling case can be made for custom over pre-finished box cabinets that are in abundant supply, but that’s an argument for another day.  In our industry, there is a good-better-best scenario with every product under the sun, and the price points are commensurate as well.  Cabinets, countertops and appliances can all run the gamut from low to high in terms of cost and variety.  Countertops can be stone, concrete, wood, paper, glass, quartz, plastic laminate, marble….the list goes on and on.  The same is true with the other two areas.  We always recommend beginning the process by establishing an overall budget, then determining the various selections of the three primary cost areas to ascertain how realistic the budget is and if the client’s large scale expectations are realistic.

Mike Dodd is the founder and President of Lifewise Renovations, that combines home remodeling project management with the expertise of health care professionals, to make it possible live safely and comfortably at home regardless of age or physical ability. As a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Mike holds the Certified Aging In Place Specialist (CAPS) designation.

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