Kitchen Renovations Ideas

Kitchen renovations are popular for several reasons. The rising popularity of cooking shows makes some people want to update their kitchen to one that rivals a restaurant’s capabilities. Others want to renovate the kitchen to make it and the dining room that the family seems to congregate in into the heart of the household. Kitchen renovations may be intended to make it easier to use or install more efficient kitchen appliances. What are the pros and cons of different types of kitchen renovations?

Minor Kitchen Remodels

If your kitchen looks like a photograph from several decades back, you’re probably due for a minor kitchen remodel. Minor kitchen remodels involve replacing older appliances and installing new ones. For home owners, this allows them to reduce electricity usage for all appliances and water usage for dishwashers.

You can save money on a kitchen remodel by replacing the cabinet doors in the kitchen without ripping out and rebuilding all of the cabinetry. Modest changes like removing a breakfast bar and putting in a multipurpose kitchen island open up the room without having to rip out walls. A minor kitchen remodel includes refinishing surfaces, installing new light fixtures and replacing worn out flooring. For example, replacing torn up linoleum with tile or a scratched wood floor with tile or stone could make the room. Laminate countertops are replaced with something more durable. Trim is painted but not replaced.

Minor kitchen remodels have around a 75% to 85% return on investment, depending on how old the kitchen is and how much of the structure you rip apart to renovate it. If you’re planning on selling an older home, a minor kitchen remodel to make the home more attractive is wise if the appliances and design are otherwise unattractive to home buyers. This is because the first things people look at in the home are the kitchens and bathrooms.

Major Kitchen Remodels

Major kitchen remodels replace cabinetry, most appliances, flooring, and wall coverings. When you have to rewire the kitchen for chef grade appliances, alter the plumbing for new sinks and install new items like build in microwaves, built in water filtration or under-cabinet lighting, the project qualifies as a major kitchen remodel.

Major kitchen remodels have a return on investment of around 60% to 70%. Don’t go overboard in your kitchen remodel, because some buyers consider restaurant sized stainless steel appliances and amenities excessive or even a turnoff.  Consider what is standard for the neighborhood, and don’t go for a kitchen remodel just because everyone else seems to have a large new kitchen.


Stone floors along with stone countertops have become popular in kitchen renovations. This isn’t essential, though. What you do need to do is replace wood floors that have begun to separate or warp due to all the spills they’ve absorbed. Ripped up linoleum should be replaced with tile or stone floors, depending on your budget. If you have a wood floor but not a lot of money, refinishing the floor can be part of any kitchen update.

Opening Up the Space

When you have a breakfast nook or dining room, one of the options when planning a kitchen renovation is whether or not to incorporate that space into the kitchen. In some homes, removing the wall separating a breakfast nook from the kitchen gives you a more open feel (and more space around the table). However, closing off a dining room to create another bedroom or office is only practical if you can manage to have comfortable family meals around the table in the living room.

If you rip out a wall separating the kitchen from the living room so that you can eliminate the need for the dining room, make sure the floors under the table are easily cleaned or else you’ll regret the remodel every time you try to get spaghetti sauce or grape juice out of what was living room carpet.

Laundry Facilities

Depending on the layout of your home, the clothes washer and dryer may sit in a cabinet off the kitchen or a separate laundry room altogether. If the washer and dryer sit in a cabinet in or off the kitchen, you could improve the overall flow of activities in the kitchen by converting part of the garage or another room into a laundry space. The space that was taken up by the washer and dryer can now be used as part of a larger pantry, additional storage space or an expanded mud-room so that your family isn’t tramping through the kitchen with dirty boots on their way to their bedrooms.

Factors to Consider

You don’t have to replace all of the appliances in order to update a kitchen. In the case of dented stainless steel appliances, you can have the panels replace while the rest of the appliance is untouched. If your avocado green fridge stands out like a sore thumb, many manufacturers let you replace the outer panels with new ones of a different color. Replacing the fridge itself is unnecessary unless repair bills have become a regular occurrence or it is more than eight years old; newer refrigerators’ energy usage is so much lower than older ones that you could see significant savings on energy usage if you buy a newer, more efficient one.

YMM Contracting Inc. can help you make these changes to your kitchen, large or small, whether the goal is to maximize the usability of the space, improve its family friendliness or increase the home’s appeal before you put it on the market.