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Kitchen Renovation vs. Kitchen Upgrades

February 1, 2018

You probably spend a lot of your time in your kitchen; whether you're cooking, eating, or gathering with loved ones, it truly is the center of your home. As such, you want your space to be inviting, functional, and aesthetically pleasing. If you've been thinking about updating your kitchen, you have two options: renovate or upgrade. Understanding what's involved with both options can help you make a better decision. 

A complete renovation involves planning, resources, a large budget, and time. If you'd like to gut out the space, take down walls, move plumbing, and add windows, you'll need to hire a professional contractor and kitchen designer. You will need to take the time to pick out the cabinets, fixtures, lighting, flooring, and more. You will also need to make arrangements for functioning without a kitchen for awhile, as you won't be able to continue to use it during the renovation. Depending on your needs, renovation may be a worthwhile investment, especially if you're planning to be in your home for the next 10 years or more. If you have the financial resources and the time to renovate, it will certainly add value to your home.

If you're planning to move anytime soon, or you just don't have the budget for a complete overhaul, consider doing some cosmetic upgrades instead. By upgrading your kitchen, you can enjoy the benefits of a new kitchen without the headache and hefty price tag. First, take stock of what is currently working for you and what is not. Are your cabinets outdated? Do your appliances need to be replaced? Will a new coat of paint give it a facelift?

Refinished cabinets and new countertops can make a drab kitchen come to life. Simple solutions like pull-out shelving for your pots and pans or under the sink for your cleaning supplies can make a big impact on the functionality of your space. New lighting can brighten up your kitchen and update the overall look. Determine what small changes will make your space better. The benefit to upgrading is you can do a little at a time, as your budget allows. You can also continue to use your space as you upgrade.

Whether you choose to renovate or upgrade, a refreshed space is sure to bring joy to your home. Take some time to review the pros and cons to both so you can make an informed decision. Happy planning!