Considerations for Planning a Successful Kitchen Remodel
The prior posts discussed what defines a successful outcome (this is less subjective than you may think), defining your project scope, considering how your remodel will enhance the lifestyle of you and your family, determining the level of your personal involvement, and finding a designer and contractor you can work with with. To access the previous posts select “Previous Page” below.
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Managing to a budget
Very very few of us have an infinite source of funds, so the kitchen remodeling budget is always an issue. Depending on your personal situation it may or may not be your dominate issue, but it’s an issue. The standard trade offs in any remodeling project are cost, schedule, and quality of the finished outcome. When one changes for whatever reason, the other two are affected.
Once you have an idea of your budget, you need to factor in two areas for additional costs. Those two areas are: 1) Hidden damage that will not be known until you tear things apart, and 2) Scope creep which is when you decide that for only a few extra dollars you can have some really great feature.
I recommend you allocate 10% to each of the above for a total “overage” budget of 20%. If you’ve already budgeted $50K for your remodel without taking these into consideration I am suggesting you add an additional $10K bringing to total budget to $60K.
If that last $10K is simply not doable, you need to scale back your original design.
Although in theory hidden damage and scope creep does not have to happen, it always does, so if you don’t budget for it, you’ll be making these trade offs later anyway.
I suggest being realistic about these costs and making those tradeoffs before you start.
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