Home improvement is rarely as it’s easy and quick as it’s often depicted on TV. And when it comes to particularly expensive rooms, such as the kitchen, sometimes you’ve got to pick your battles.
Remodeling magazine defines a partial, or minor, kitchen remodel as including: refaced cabinets with new drawer and door hardware; a new, energy efficient wall oven and cook top; countertops, sink and faucet, flooring, trim and paint for a 200-square-foot room. On average, the magazine says, a minor remodel costs $21,246.
Freshening the look and functionality of your kitchen doesn’t have to happen all at once. The best place to begin is with a plan. Consult a certified kitchen designer, architect–or at a minimum, use kitchen design software–to create a design that works well for your space and your family’s needs.
Approach the planning process with the knowledge that you may complete the design over a period of years, so that you can prioritize which steps much occur first and then how to phase in next steps over time. Also consider the possibility that the partial remodel might be the final product, so don’t plan to leave things undone: The work must be able to stand alone.
Be especially sensitive to using timeless materials–what’s trendy today may well be out of style by next year. Find a contractor that will still be available to continue work down the road. And while it might be a challenge, try to blend the old and the new to create as seamless of a transition as possible.