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Gutting the kitchen and having a designer redo it should add value to our 1982 house, right?

  • November 19 2009 - Tulsa
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Just keep in mind that a "Designer" for many remodal companies is another name for their salesman. Its easy to overdo it in the kitchen. In the average American nieghborhood you will not get your money back if you put in top of the line stainless steel appliances, rare exotic granites, and 3" Crown Moldings.
 
If your home is a 6 on a scale of 1 to 10, then your material choices should reflect that. If your home is in a neighborhood of really affordable homes than simply getting new lower cost materials should be sufficient.
  • November 23 2009
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I adore interior designers, but it's useful to evaluate the existing kitchen when determining what the return on the remodel will be.

Seriously - if the kitchen's burnt out, then it has no value. If everything's functional and clean but hopelessly outdated, it still retains some functional value, value that might not be totally replaced with the remodel.

The most cost-effective improvements to a home are generally not improvements at all, but repairs. When it comes to actual remodeling, especially with kitchens and baths, expect that your cosmetic choices have - at best - a ten-year life span before they are out-dated and in "need" of replacement.

Specific details that are so late 20th-Century include: granite or concrete counters, stainless appliances, subway tile. Add these for your personal enjoyment, only.



 
  • November 21 2009
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An experienced Interior Designer will guide in the right direction, when we redo kitchens or any major improvement to a house, we always keep in mind the fact that reselling the house might be a possibility. A beautiful, functional kitchen will add more value to your house than any other improvement you do, furthermore, if you are planning on staying, this new kitchen should be something that really works for you. Now, since your house might be dated, be prepared to redo bathrooms and other improvements just because the kitchen will stand out from the rest of the house. When it comes to kitchens, cutting corners is something we try not to do, remember, you always get what you pay for!!
  • November 20 2009
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Great answer, Nancy! Stagers can be well worth their weight in gold if they know the market, and they aren't just for "staging" a home to put it on the market.
  • November 20 2009
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As Cindy says, if you are planning to stay in your house for several years, do what you want (with the fiat to not over improve or make trendy changes that have potential to quickly begin looking dated).

If you are making the change because you plan to sell your house very soon, I have an alternate suggestion that could save you some money.  Interview stagers in your area.  Find someone with a good track record working with houses in your approximate sales price range.  Bring that stager in, explain the situation, and ask for advice.  Successful stagers tend to get very good at updating/improving without over improving.  There might be a less expensive way to upgrade your kitchen.  A good stager will tell you if you need to escalate to using a designer to gut the kitchen and start over.
  • November 20 2009
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Re-doing kitchens and master bathrooms/bedrooms make some of the biggest differences. However, be careful that you don't overimprove for your area. If you are staying there for awhile, then do what you will love. If you are doing it for re-sell, than ask your designer what has the biggest impact for the least amount of money.
  • November 20 2009
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Assuming that the kitchen was original, the designer's plans and the craftsmanship are good, then, yes - but it probably won't add as much value as it costs to do.
  • November 19 2009
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