Mar. 20 2023

Considering Remodeling Your Kitchen In 2023? Read This First

by Bennett Bottorff

It's no surprise that kitchens have become the most popular room for homeowners to remodel — according to Houzz, the median spend continues to climb for both major and minor kitchen remodels, with 28% of all renovations being kitchen-focused. But why should you consider updating your own? Aside from being an aesthetically pleasing choice for your abode, why splurge on something like a kitchen makeover? Turns out, there are multiple reasons – ROI, functionality, and decreased stress are among them! From adding storage space to boosting your home’s resale value and improving accessibility — here’s six solid arguments for making upgrades in the heart of every house: Your Kitchen.

1. Decrease Your Stress Levels & Reduce Arguments 

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What many people fail to realize is just how much the aesthetics and function of your kitchen can affect your mental health. From decoration to organization to flow of a space, the environment and feeling you create in your kitchen matters more than you think. The kitchen is the central area of your house, and you most likely utilize it every single day. This can make it especially hard to keep clean and organized, especially when the space doesn’t flow well, compared to something like the guest bedroom which is rarely used. Believe it or not, a recent survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf Finish found that of 2,000 U.S. adults reveals the average household sees a whopping 217 dish-related arguments annually! Arguments over dirty dishes aren’t anything new but by improving the layout of your space you can reduce clutter, and in turn you’ll also reduce the amount of stress and anxiety you’re experiencing on a daily basis.  

2. Gain More Storage & Functionality 

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Struggling with the ever-looming dilemma of 'where to put it all' or ‘where did I put that’? Do you go to the store and repurchase that can opener, mixing bowl, or Tupperware just because you can’t find it only to realize you have three or four of them at home? Well, you may not be alone! According to Donald Olhausen, a real estate investor and flipper interviewed by Better Homes & Gardens' Mia Taylor in her article on kitchen upgrades that add value – storage and functionality are top priority for today's home buyers. From walk-in pantries hidden behind doors or creative cabinet configurations designed to conceal appliances and pantry items; making space is key when remodeling your kitchen...a little extra stowaway could go a long way to improving your functionality and peace of mind.  

Pro Tip

Experience the thrill of transforming your kitchen without breaking the bank or leaving your home. At IHR, we ensure a seamless and stress-free process by equipping you with a handy two-burner induction stovetop, a practical dishwashing basin, and a versatile camping table with storage. Embrace the adventure and watch your dream kitchen come to life! 

 

3. Keep Up with the Times 

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The primary motivation for kitchen renovations stems from their outdated appearance, which often surpasses even bathroom remodels in priority. The kitchen serves as a telling indicator of a home's age, with telltale signs from various decades like laminate countertops and dark-stained cabinets from the 80's, or minimalistic cabinets from the 70's. Beyond just cabinets and countertops, elements such as lighting fixtures, appliances, tile floors, and backsplashes contribute to the dated aesthetic, making a kitchen remodel a high priority for homeowners looking to refresh their living space. 

4. Make Entertaining a Breeze 

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If you own an older home, chances are your kitchen isn't a place for entertainment. It could be too cramped or awkwardly separated from other living spaces - not ideal when planning dinner and drinks with friends! A remodel may just be the ticket to better parties: dismantle walls and add extra seating so that entertaining is stress-free (or at least less stressful). With an open floor plan and a new kitchen island your space goes from an awkward two-step dance to move around guests to a memory making, laugh filled entertainment zone that will be the preferred hub of every social gathering. 

5. Increase Your Resale Value 

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Upgrade your kitchen and make a profit? Sounds like an offer too good to be true, but minor remodels can actually pay you back in spades! According to Scott Sowers of The Washington Post, choosing quality materials while sticking within budget on a smaller reno could reap returns of up 72% when it comes time for resale. Just remember - each neighborhood has different standards so understand what's expected before diving into the deep end with major renovations that may not even boost value. Have confidence knowing those cookies won't only taste great...they'll add sweet equity to your home as well! 

6. You Can Choose the Scale of Your Kitchen Remodel 

With kitchen remodeling, the possibilities are endless! Whether you're aiming for a full-scale transformation complete with luxury appliances or just want to spruce up your space with some new cabinets and fresh paint - there's an option that'll fit every budget. Unleash your inner designer and get ready to create the dream kitchen of your dreams with one of IHR’s four different kitchen remodeling packages! 

  • SPRINT
    • Just light as its name suggests, a Kitchen Sprint Remodel is a quick facelift. that includes new countertops, backsplash, and plumbing fixtures.  It may also include new knobs and pulls that fit in the current openings. 
  • UPDATED LOOK  
    • For some spaces, a light touch is all that’s needed to create a bright and welcoming bathroom. We’ll upgrade your bathroom space in this range without altering the layout. This is an excellent option for bathrooms that don’t require removing walls or additional work, such as plumbing and electrical.   
    • Updated Look includes: a new sink, vanity, toilet, and countertop. Replacing the tub with a new shower featuring a custom tiled enclosure is one possibility, along with updating the lighting and ventilation system.   
  • FRESH START  
    • If you like the size of your bathroom but the layout doesn’t work for you, it’s best to start over. In this tier, we will start from the ground up to completely redesign the layout of your bathroom while your current plumbing and electrical remains intact. You’ll have the option to open minor walls, relocate sinks and showers, and add or change windows.   
    • If you’re unsure how you want your bathroom reconfigured, a member of our interior design team will help you select a layout that creates an inviting and comfortable space. 
  • DREAM TRANSFORMATION
    • Your bathroom should be an escape, a place for you to relax and experience luxury. Transform your bathroom with IHR’s third remodel tier. Within this range, your bathroom will receive the full treatment with custom cabinetry, integrated lighting, layout configuration, and high-end fixtures and finishes.   
    • IHR delivers your bathroom remodel with transparency and precision — both in attention to detail and professionalism. It’s time to transform your bathroom into a space of serenity and rejuvenation.

Considering a remodel? We’re here to answer any questions you have about your project and how we work. 

There’s no such thing as too many questions. At Innovative Home Renovations, we’re completely dedicated to delivering absolutely beautiful results. Choosing a remodeling contractor is a big commitment, and we consider it an honor to work in your home and bring your vision to life. 

If you're planning a kitchen or bathroom remodel in the Northeast Seattle area, contact us for a complimentary discovery call!

 

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