More than 2-million kitchens will be renovated this
year, according to the Harvard Joint Center for Housing
That has manufacturers and contractors salivating
at the prospect of
If you're thinking about a kitchen remodel, Consumer
Reports has some tips to keep you on budget.
News 8's Martha Koloski has more.
Looking to get the most bang for your buck on a kitchen
remodel? Consumer Reports says take care, to avoid
the biggest budget busters.
Like changing your mind.
It can drive your budget up an average of 10 percent.
The average kitchen remodel costs around 28-thousand
So spend a little longer on the design and stick to
that plan no matter what.
So don't rely on rough sketches.
These days, 3D drawings and even tools like virtual-reality
software help you visualize the space before you even
take down a wall.
When you're standing in front of your sink, your fridge
is right here, then
As a veteran kitchen designer, I can't imagine making
a large dollar purchase, that I will hold onto for
decades, without having a full sense of standing in
that space ahead of time.
Also, don't overpay for high-end materials.
Forgo pricey, exotic marble countertops for less expensive,
low-maintenance quartz -- top-rated by Consumer Reports.
And you can get the look of hardwood floors for half
the price with more durable, porcelain tile look-alikes.
Remember, while looks are important -- don't forget
Save room in the budget for things like a range hood
to keep your kitchen well-ventilated,
under-cabinet lighting to ease food preparation, and
improved storage, like drawers in the base units.
It's not the sexiest stuff, but it's these little
things that you interact with every day that are going
to influence your long-term satisfaction in a major
Your dream kitchen can be a reality if you plan wisely.
It's also important to do your due diligence about
who is doing the work.
Consumer Reports found that accredited contractors
are better at holding down costs on remodeling projects
when unexpected problems crop up.
And, check the references of contractors on your short
list, asking clients about their experience of working
with the contractor and how the work held up over