Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Get the Look!

'Get the look for less' does not only apply to fashion - it also applies to interior design.  As designers, one of our main objectives is to stay within our client's budget.  It's not always easy and often we prioritize and make a "wish list".  However, when working with a clients kitchen renovation, we must not only prioritize, but the wish list must be considered into the plan.  Realistic budgets are paramount when planning your kitchen.

Kitchens are one of the most expensive interior renovations that a home owner will incur.  It is also one of the biggest factors when selling your home.  Unless a prospective home buyer is braced to invest addition funds, new homeowners are not looking to immediately renovate the kitchen. Whether renovating your kitchen for resale or renovating your kitchen for the "look" without breaking the bank, the following Better Homes and Gardens article, by Beverly Staal, CKD, CBD is one that I found interesting with valuable comparison budgets.  Ms. Staal had redesigned an outdated kitchen that desperately needed an improved floor plan.  As she states, "No matter the size or the budget, good space planning is the way to get a kitchen that functions correctly."  

As I read the article and looked over the comparisons, I was impressed with the appliance breakdown.  The appliance list is an area where a client has the most flexibility and does not necessary have to choose all top-of-the-line items, but can mix it up.  One of my favorite appliance showrooms is Reno's Appliance in Paterson, NJ.  Their sales personal are helpful, friendly and extremely knowledgeable.  They also have a very user friendly website, that I would encourage potential clients to preview.  Having an idea of what appliances you want on your "wish list' and the pricing will help you with budgeting your kitchen renovation expenses.