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  • Antoinette Prinsloo

How to Make Compromises when Renovating your Kitchen

Renovating your home can become expensive exercise, which it can often add stress or conflict to even the most tight-knit families. Compromise isn’t always easy, but it’s necessary. Especially when renovating your kitchen, it helps to focus on certain areas in order to maximize your budget. What can you do to make sure everyone’s expectations are met? Here are some thoughts on where and how to compromise to minimize conflict for a happy home.

How You Use Your Kitchen

Let’s not thing about the look or style of the kitchen, but think realistically about how you currently use your kitchen and why do you need to renovate the space. Do you need more counter space for cooking or baking, or better / larger appliances to accommodate this? It the family growing and you need more storage and seating? How many people will your kitchen accommodate? Is your existing layout efficient or large enough to suit your needs? If you’re living in your forever home, consider how many people might live there in the future. Also, don’t forget to take note of home many times a year you host gatherings and for how many people. The key takeaway here is to prioritize your kitchen remodel wish list according to your style, and to set a realistic budget.

Aesthetics vs. Functionality

When you think about your dream kitchen, you may envision this kitchen look like something you would find in a multimillion-dollar mansion. Renovators often get swept up in the aesthetics and forget that functionality. Function usually trumps aesthetics when it comes to the kitchen renovation budget. If you spend your budget on high-end finishes for the cabinetry, countertops, tiling, etc; you may end up with smaller appliances or less functional storage space or layout. Your lifestyle factors into this as well, and on what matters most to you — the functionality or the high-end finishes.

Cost vs. Value

If you can’t decide whether a feature or item is worth its cost, ask yourself how the investment could improve your daily life. Would this investment solve a current issue in your home and increase its value? Another way to help you decide whether an investment is worth it is by analyzing the frequency and duration of a certain task. Activities that you do more often and spend more time on should weigh more heavily when making decisions. Ask yourself some deep questions: Will high-end choices make your life easier or simply exist to impress your guests? Will an item solve a problem? Will a luxury feature increase your home’s value? If more storage solutions and a bigger variety of quality cabinets are on the top of your list, shift your budget toward that and away from high-end appliances or countertops.

Take a brutally honest look at your finances. This isn’t so much a compromise situation as it is a reality check. Almost everyone who renovates, have a vision of the perfect kitchen with an ideal layout and room for everything they need. But if you don’t have the space or the budget, it just won’t become a reality. A kitchen renovation is a process that nearly always requires compromises. It’s a balancing act between designing the perfect dream kitchen and creating one that fits within your budget.


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