One of the things that has surprised me in this process of renovating a kitchen NEXT YEAR is just how much research is going into it this year:
What kind of cabinets? What color? What kind of countertop? Will we get a return on our investment with a certain kind of countertop (e.g. our neighborhood would not qualify as a quartz-type neighborhood, but probably would be granite). Who will do the electric? Should we try to design the kitchen ourselves or hire someone? What kind of flooring will be kitchen-durable, good resale value, within our budget and something that we like? Should we/can we install it ourselves or do we hire it out? Which way should the island face? How will we fit a regular door instead of a slider, accounting for an island and our kitchen table and the amount of space the door needs to swing?
It’s rather a good thing that I LOVE doing research!
What we know so far:
What we don’t know yet:
Electrician (although it’s between two that we’ve previously used)
Flooring type or contractor (having one come today to give a ballpark figure for what we might want)
Countertop type or contractor (although we know it’s NOT going to be quartz, as much as I dream about it)
Where we’re getting our pendents (although we know it’s not Ikea or Home Depot, having shopped both)
Sink (again, not Ikea)
Whether to keep our current black dishwasher and range and just buy a black fridge OR get a stainless panel for the dishwasher and buy a stainless range and fridge.
Knobs (not Ikea)
One thing we always have in mind with this (in case you haven’t guessed) is the Almighty Resale Value. It has always been our intention to sell and move closer to Jim’s job and our families. Renovating the kitchen will be the last MAJOR hurdle to putting the house on the market. There are still many minor hurdles, but nothing that will cost thousands of dollars. Theoretically, at least!
The articles and blogs I’ve read say that the planning process takes about nine months. If we’re doing this late spring/early summer I guess I’m at a good place right now!