Cabinet & Countertop Inspirations

If you are considering a kitchen remodel, you are probably giving a lot of thought to how much it will cost and what you can afford to spend. It is crucial to keep the project affordable so that your budget is not depleted before the work is finished. With this in mind, here are ten steps to help you manage spending during a kitchen remodel.

1.   Establish a budget and KEEP it.

  • Determine at the very beginning how much you can afford to spend. If you are working with a design professional or contractor, be upfront with them concerning the parameters of your budget.
  • Consider how long you plan to remain in your home. If you plan to move within five years, only spend what you can expect to recover when you sell. More can be spent if you plan to remain in the home long term.
  • Know the home values in your neighborhood. Don’t over improve as you are not likely to recoup the costs later.

2.   Understand the break-down of costs. In general, a kitchen remodel will equal around 15% of your home’s value. Within that budget, you can expect to spend the following:

  • Cabinets: 35%
  • Labor: 20%
  • Appliances: 20%
  • Fixtures: 5%
  • Fittings/Other: 20%

3.   Plan for the unexpected. Inevitably, there will be surprises, and not the good kind, in most remodeling projects. Plan ahead so that you’re not caught off guard if and when it occurs.

4.   Prioritize your desires. Write down your priorities so if unexpected costs hit your budget, you can stay focused on getting what is most important to you. Don’t forget to consider often overlooked features like crown molding or fancy faucets as they also add to the overall appearance of a project.

5.   Factor in the cost of eating out. With the kitchen being out of commission, you will likely eat out more than usual. Plan for this in your budget or make other arrangements to prepare meals. 

6.   Should I stay or should I go? Living in a home that is being remodeled can be stressful. Make a conscious decision on whether to stay in the home or live somewhere else during the renovation. It may be a good time to take a vacation to avoid some of the remodeling stress. If you stay, consider setting up a temporary kitchen in another room in the house.

7.   How will you pay for the project? There are a variety of means to pay for a kitchen remodel. These include cash, refinancing your home, or a home equity loan.  Understand the pros/cons of each option to ensure choosing the one that best fits your situation.

8.   Track your budget. Create a spreadsheet, or whatever works best, to track your budget and expenses. This will help you quickly see if there are any overruns occurring, allowing you to get back on track.

9.   Consider sweat equity. If you are able, you may think about doing some of the work yourself. This could help reduce the overall cost of the project.

10.  Avoid scope creep. Over the course of the project, you may be tempted to add “extras” or make last minute changes. This can lead to overspending your budget. Don’t be rigid, but be willing to say no if it doesn’t line up with your priorities and fit within your budget. 

Give us a call at Spiceland Wood Products and one of our designers can help make your kitchen remodel and budget goals a reality.


 

In many areas of life, we tend to think in terms of the here and now. This is often evident in the areas of buying, building, or remodeling a home. We seek out design elements that are representative of our current stage of life. Life, as we know, is fluid and ever changing. Our situation today may not be our situation tomorrow. That is where Universal Design comes in.

Popularized by architect Ronald Mace, Universal Design is the idea of taking a space, then designing it in such a way that it is functional and practical for all age groups, ability levels, and life stages. With Universal Design, you are designing your home so that it not only works for you today, but also in the future. You are planning with tomorrow in mind.

Universal Design does not need to be clinical or institutional-like in appearance, nor should it be. When implemented correctly, its features will flow smoothly into the overall design of the house, almost to the point of not noticing them. There are a number of areas within the kitchen where you can implement Universal Design and demonstrate that functionality can also be stylish.

Appliances

  • Microwaves built into base drawers below the counter, making them easier to reach.

 

  • A raised dishwasher to prevent bending over, OR a drawer style dishwasher to make loading easier than traditional dishwashers.

 

  • Wheelchair accessible cooktops. Cook with ranges with front or side mounted controls to eliminate reaching over dangerously hot burners. Also, consider having a pot filler installed at the stove to keep from carrying heavy pots of water from the sink.
  • Wall ovens installed at various levels.
  • A refrigerator/freezer with the frozen food compartment in a bottom drawer OR a side by side unit.

Cabinets/Drawers

  • Oversized hardware on doors and drawers which are easier to grab, OR magnetic touch and release cabinet doors.
  • Adjustable height shelves, pull down shelves, and Lazy Susans.
  • Open storage or glass doors, making things easier to locate.
  • More base cabinets with drawers as opposed to doors.

 

Countertops

  • Lowered countertops, two tiered islands, or countertops at various heights, making them accessible to everyone.

 

  • Easy to clean surfaces such as granite of laminate.

 

   Sinks

  • Open space beneath the sink, giving knee clearance for wheelchairs.
  • Single lever or touchless faucets.
  • Variable height sinks between 32” and 40”.

Other ideas in Universal Design include lowering light switches, using slip resistant flooring such as cork or ceramic tile, and widening doorways to 36”.

Universal Design is all about making sure your home will be as perfect for you in the future as it is today. Implementing this concept in your home design or remodeling project will help ensure your kitchen remains both functional and enjoyable whatever the future may hold.  Stop in to our Spiceland, Indiana showroom and let us help in designing an accessible space for you.

 

   If you have looked at kitchen cabinets for any amount of time, you’re very much aware of the myriad of options that are available. From wood species to paint, stain, and glaze finishes, your choices can seem endless. Lest you think your decisions are confined only to the cabinet’s exterior, here are just a few examples of what can be done inside your cabinets.

   Tilt-Out Sink Trays take the drawer front and transform it into storage that is not only convenient but also out of sight. Small items such as jewelry are kept safe in these trays while items such as soap and scouring pads stay close by for use and hidden when not needed. 

 

   Spice Racks incorporated into a kitchen design can eliminate the jumbled mess that often occurs when numerous bottles of spices inhabit one cabinet, saving you time and frustration during meal prep. They are available in different forms, including simple drawer inserts, shelves on the back of cabinet doors, and dedicated cabinets. They can also be hidden behind decorative molding or legs.

 

 

   Waste Basket Kits keep the trash can hidden in a base cabinet, allowing a cleaner look in your kitchen. Multiple bins can be included for purposes such as recycling or housing soiled kitchen linens. 

 

   There are a variety of Cutlery and Drawer Organizer Trays available in numerous sizes and designs. Some are even designed to protect valuable silverware or provide safe storage for sharp knives.

 

   Vertical Tray Dividers create partitions for items such as cookie sheets, serving trays, and baking pans. Not only does this make storage more convenient, but retrieving them when needed is much easier. 

 

   The options do not end here. Whether it be an Appliance Garage that provides out-of-sight storage for small countertop appliances, Rollout Trays that maximize the storage space in your base cabinets, or a Lazy Susan that allows for easy access of dishes or pantry items, there is no shortage of ways to fit your cabinets to your needs, giving them that personal touch. 

 

Stop in at our Spiceland, Indiana showroom and let our designers show how to get the most out of your new cabinets.

 

Entertainment & Living Space Remodeling 

The kitchen and bathrooms are not the only rooms in your home. There are a number of other living spaces used for entertainment, work, exercise, or 
hobbies. Our designers’ knowledge can provide designs for any room in your home, from developing floor plans to creating 3-D elevations of the finished space. This design expertise will ensure these rooms fit your needs and lifestyle.  
 
 
Spiceland Wood Products’ can update your home’s living spaces to include entertainment centers, built-in bookcases, home offices, bars, butler’s pantries, laundry rooms, fireplace mantels, molding, and custom closet units. Contact us to begin making the most effective use of the living spaces in your home.