Where to Spend Your Money During a Kitchen Remodel

When you get ready to remodel part of your home, it’s very easy to get caught up in the many different luxury items that you want to add. The cost can quickly tally up and seem impossible to accomplish in the end. In reality, there are actually parts of a large-scale kitchen remodel that you want to be spending money on and other parts where it’s worth skipping. Even if you never plan to sell the home, you’ll be happy you chose certain features over others when all’s said and done. So, as you begin to work with UrbanLUX Builders and as you start to make decisions about your large-scale kitchen remodel, consider closely where you spend your money for the best final project at the best price.

Are Stainless Appliances Really the Perfect Choice?

When you remodel your kitchen, the odds are you are going to be upgrading your appliances at the same time. That’s great, especially if you love spending time in the kitchen. But do you really need to invest in all new, stainless steel appliances right now? When it comes to resale value of a home and just the general appeal of a kitchen, stainless steel appliances genuinely pull the entire space together. But remember, you don’t have to do them right now. As long as you know what sizes are acceptable for your appliances, you can plan on upgrading your appliances down the line. The struggle comes when you get brand new cabinets that fit your current stove, but then want to upgrade to a larger version. This is just going to cause problems. If you aren’t sold on stainless steel appliances, you can always opt for a set of white or black appliances that will work just as well, but cost you substantially less.

Is Granite All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

When it comes to a kitchen remodel, there are many aspects that can get pricey, and your countertops are definitely a money pit. Granite is the go-to choice for homeowners everywhere when you want a luxury, beautiful, and durable countertop. But are they really worth the money? The answer is yes and no. If you’re looking for a premium countertop, then you’re going to want granite. If you’re looking to sell within five years, you’re going to want granite. However, there are ways to save money and other options available. If you’re set on granite, consider some slabs that are placed in a “lower tier” because while they’ll be cheaper, you’ll still be getting a great product. If you’re willing to consider other options, quartz is more durable, needs less care, and costs less, which provides an excellent alternative to granite. More often than not, the decision between granite countertops and an alternative is simply based on your budget.

Ask Yourself, What Will You Use?

When you finally get the chance to consider the bells and whistles you want for your new kitchen, take the time to legitimately ask yourself what you are going to use. Do you need cabinets that have glass doors in order to show off your china, or will it just show all the clutter of non-matching glasses you’ll accumulate over several years? Will under cabinet lighting be of benefit to you? Do you need cabinets that have soft-closing mechanisms? These details, while helpful, can really add up. So sit down and think about what functional issues your kitchen has and what doesn’t bother you about your current kitchen before you pick your upgrades.

Can I Do This Later?

When you finally decide that it’s time to undertake a large-scale kitchen remodel, it’s important to consider what has to be done at the same time, versus what you may be able to do at a later time. Certain things that involve knocking down walls, replacing flooring, or planning out your space need to be done first and foremost. This also can include changing the layout of your kitchen so that it’s more functional than your current layout. Other things, like countertops, backsplashes, and fixtures can typically be done or upgraded further at a later time if you need to conserve on your budget.

Resale Return on Investment?

When you decide to undertake a large-scale remodel on a kitchen it’s typically for one of two reasons. The first is that you’re looking at making your current home your long-term or even forever home, so the investment is worth every penny to you. The second reason is that you’re looking to sell your home in the near future and gain a return on your investment. If you’re looking to sell your home in the next five years, or so, you need to consider the resale value and your ROI. It’s important to consider what potential buyers are looking for. You may not have to choose high-end cabinets, but you’re going to want both granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Just having both of these options in your home will help you recoup the cost of the remodel.

We hope we’ve given you plenty to think about here at UrbanLUX Builders. We know how important these decisions can be concerning your home. That’s why we always work with the best building contractors in the area and provide you with top-notch services. When you’re ready for your large-scale kitchen remodel in San Antonio, give us a call to get started! We’re the premier home builder in San Antonio just for you!

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