Renovating your kitchen is a large-enough expense that as many articles on budgeting appear in financial-advice columns as in home-improvement articles. The basics are pretty clear: expect to spend somewhere between $10,000 and $50,000 to make your kitchen seem new and workable. According to Home Advisor, the average nationwide expenditure for a kitchen renovation in 2018 is just over $22,750.*
In practical terms, an existing-space renovation is going to be less expensive than a space-changing renovation. If you’re not moving walls and windows, bringing plumbing and electrical wiring up to today’s building codes, and hiring a wide spectrum of professional help from varied sources, the job is going to cost less. Equally important is your expense of time: full-scale renovation requires a raft of permits and inspections at every phase of construction; professional schedules need constant coordination, and supplies ordered from a variety of sources need to be available when wanted. And, as one weary home-improvement writer observed, the only person who seems to be fully focused on keeping this project on budget is you.
There is common agreement that any existing-space renovation will put less strain on your budget, so why does a company like KB save you even more money than competing operations? Special strategies let KB create an even more budget-friendly renovation than other types of existing-space renovators. Here’s what makes KB stand out:
Curation –News about the wealth of choices in home-renovation materials doesn’t always make you happy. Working your way through all the materials available for kitchen renovation is somewhere between exhausting and impossible. The KB collection of cabinets, countertops and backsplashes has been carefully chosen from the highest quality materials and most reliable suppliers in home renovation. Wood, ceramic and stone products have been evaluated for quality, value, precision of manufacture and durability. Materials work, and they work together. KB collections are highly flexible but offer enough variety to make your project your very own.
Coordination and Consistency—Anyone who has ever tried to match this year’s red sweater with last year’s red skirt knows the critical importance of coordination and consistency—even black and white seem to have a bewildering abundance of nuanced shades that don’t quite fit together. KB curation solves the first stage of that problem and stands ready for further issues. Your kitchen may have gone so well, for example, that you now want to extend some of its decorative features into the larger family room, the adjoining laundry room or a new full pantry. KB’s lasting choices make that possible, saving you the cost of bridging the “we don’t have that any more” gap with unexpected additional spending.
Classic Choices—KB’s strategy puts special demands on its designers. Materials and colors that join the KB collections must reflect the best of both past and forward-looking design. Colors must show fashion leadership but also suit a varied range of decors. Shapes reflect current trends, like the continuing fondness for subway tile, but avoid the intricacy or eccentricity that mean you can never have bordered bath towels or patterned area-rugs. Especially in cabinetry, classic forms and techniques integrate new cupboards into a broad spectrum of residential décor styles, from Colonial to Bungalow to Midcentury Modern. Classic styles don’t, however, mean classic problems. Fittings glide smoothly, doors close silently, and surfaces hold their handsome appearance with quick, easy cleaning.
Collaborative stance—KB takes partnership seriously. Customers who’ve felt included in all phases of the renovation process are likely to be more satisfied with results they have helped produce. Just as every remodel is different, so is every client’s level of involvement—busy lives are today’s norm. Starting from a collaborative stance, however, makes both problem-solving and decision-making easier on all sides and recognizes the customer’s critical role in the renovation process.