July 14, 2016

It’s official: people want better kitchens.

A recent Houzz survey of 120,000 users who renovated last year reflected that sentiment. Nearly 30 percent of renovations that occurred in 2015 were kitchen renovations, and spending on those projects increased by 12 percent compared to 2014.

It’s not all good news, though. More than one-third of respondents reported breaking their budget to complete their project. But it didn’t have to be that way.

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Whether the budget went over because the home owners wanted more upscale products or because the scope of the projected increased, better planning at the beginning will always help you stay within your budget.

“With our proven Design/Remodel process we can minimize or even eliminate all 5 of these reasons for over-budget projects in the survey,” said Jake Schloegel, founder and president of Schloegel Design Remodel. “The devil is in the detail and that is we take care like no other remodeling company.”

Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 3.52.36 PMMany homeowners, especially those who haven’t remodeled before, don’t know what to ask for or to expect when it comes to kitchen renovation. Because of this, they may not know all the options available for pre-selection, what complications could arise during the remodeling or enter into contracts with remodelers who simply can’t put a complete kitchen renovation project together.

With more than 37 years in the remodeling business, the experts at SDR have seen it all. If a complication arises, our craftsmen know how to fix it and do so quickly. Because we offer design and build all in-house, all team members and homeowners are on the same page as far as what has to get done. With a single design remodel contact you can rest assured that the cost estimates will be accurate, and perhaps more importantly, based on your building budget.

Want proof? After our contracts our signed we have a change-order rate under five percent.

Other ways to plan for a realistic budget include:

  1.  Be realistic! High quality and long-lasting workmanship and materials are expensive, but worth the investment.
  2. Prioritize! Consider a long term plan for your projects. It can be costly to do all that you want all at once.
  3. Are you willing to get your hands dirty? It can save to put in a little sweat equity. Tackle the demolition or painting and leave the rest of the work to the experts.
  4. Consider how long you will stay as this will help determine your investment into the home.

Still worried about staying in budget?

“My advice, take your time to determine who you want to work with, do your homework, ask the hard questions, and be prepared for a ride of your life,” Jake said.

Contact us today to talk to us about your remodeling project! Or, join us July 19 for Kitchen You: Planning your New Kitchen like a Pro.