Undergoing a kitchen remodel can be one of the most daunting tasks, yet it is also of one the most requested remodels for the entire home. The kitchen is typically the gathering place for the family, so remodeling this space to be more functional and beautiful is always at the top of the wish list.

What is the Cost versus the Value of a Kitchen Remodel?

One of the most frequently asked questions is what should a realistic return for the cost of the kitchen remodel. Kitchen remodels can be one of the more expensive remodeling projects to complete due to the many different factors such as materials, plumbing, gas, and electric requirements.

According to Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs Value Report, the typical kitchen remodel in the Chicagoland area can expect a return between 60-75% of added value to the home.

Remodeling a kitchen, however, is very subjective. The style preferences of one homeowner may not align with the preferences of another. Therefore, look to remodel according to your long-term plans. If you are planning on staying in your home for a while, design a kitchen fit for your dreams. However, if you are plan to sell in the near future, consider what style would appeal to a larger audience of homebuyers.

Kitchen Remodeling Questions to Ask

So you have decided the time has come to finally start that kitchen remodel. Here are a few questions that you should ask yourself before getting started to help lay the groundwork:

What is the goal of the remodel?

List out the main reasons that you want to undergo this project. What is the main outcome you want to accomplish? Is it that you want more space? An updated area? Room to have family meals? An open-concept layout? Whatever the reasons, listing them out makes planning a smoother process.

How are you going to use the space?

Do you plan on cooking and entertaining in the kitchen or is it a purely functional space? Envisioning just how you are planning to use the kitchen will help determine flow, function, and formality.

How much storage do you require?

A large pantry, tons of cabinetry, or even open shelving all should be decisions to make based on your goals. Exactly how much storage space do you require. How much counter space should be available? Island or peninsula storage?

How should the kitchen flow with the rest of the home?

Creating a remodeled space that blends well with the rest of the home can be a challenge. How should the kitchen flow with the other living areas in the home? Is is going to be open-concept or a private enclosed space?

At Reliable Home Improvement, we want to help guide you through a smooth kitchen remodeling process. Contact us to get started.


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