The kitchen really is the castle itself. This is where we spend our happiest moments and where we find the joy of being a family.-American chef Mario Batali
In most homes, the kitchen truly is — above all the other beloved rooms in the house — the room we share. That fact alone is probably the biggest reason kitchens are such a popular room for remodeling. If we are going to spend so much of our time in the kitchen, after all, why not make it a room we truly love?
If you have been considering a kitchen remodel for your Whatcom County home, there are a few things — based on Hudson’s years of experience in completing kitchen remodels throughout the Pacific Northwest — that you might want to consider while planning your own project:
Work with a designer and get a CAD rendering of the kitchen plans to help you visualize the design and workflow of the new kitchen. There truly is no better way to envision the space than to see a 3D rendering of it. Working with an experienced kitchen designer will help you be sure that you’re getting a kitchen that flows and functions well years down the road.
Don’t buy low-quality cabinets or countertops; as items you see and use every single day, these should be well-made and long-lasting. Cheap cabinets might look good for the first year or so, but for long-term satisfaction, an investment in high-quality cabinets is essential.
Plan for lots of people in the kitchen. Whether you’re expecting it or not, your new kitchen will probably end up being the place family and friends tend to congregate (even more than your current one). Consider adding a working bar or opening up views to the living room. Especially if your current kitchen is on the smallish side, now’s a good time to open it up for more space. Here’s where that CAD rendering can come in handy, as without one it can be difficult to visualize a completely new space.
Include bells and whistles that you’ll be thankful for in the future, like under-cabinet lighting, a pantry cabinet and an appliance garage. Make gourmet coffee every day? Consider a small coffee nook in one corner for your gadgets. Have heirloom serving dishes from your great-grandmother? Consider a glass-fronted corner cabinet with built-in lighting.
If you can help it, avoid moving the sink, dishwasher, stove or refrigerator, as this can add complication and cost. On the other hand, while you’re having the work done, it’s worth doing it right — so if you do need to rearrange the kitchen, do it now.
Save your quirky personal style choices for things that are inexpensive — but only if you’re planning to sell within the year. If you’re not planning to sell, go ahead build the home you want to live in instead of crafting it for an anonymous, potential buyer. After all, you could have the pleasure of enjoying your fun and stylish choices for many years. Want a lime green counter? Go for it!
Expect to pay around $50,000 to $70,000 for a complete remodel (more if you factor in the cost of new appliances). At Hudson, our starting price for a small remodel is around $40,000. The 2022 national average for a midrange major kitchen remodel is over $80,000, with an upscale remodel almost double that, at $158,000, according to the 2022 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report.
To chat with a professional at Hudson Remodeling about your kitchen remodel plans in Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden or elsewhere in Whatcom or Skagit counties, give us a call at 360-354-7006 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.