Homeowners considering Northern Virginia additions to expand or redesign their existing kitchens need to budget wisely. More involved than the average home addition, a kitchen renovation/addition requires plumbing, electrical and HVAC features that quickly drive up the budget. Get the most from your new kitchen with a properly planned home addition.
Add to Your Existing Kitchen or Move Your Kitchen Into the Addition?
Renovators have two basic choices:
- Put an addition on the existing kitchen, expanding floor space in this room.
- Move the kitchen into the addition and redesign the existing kitchen space for another use.
Most people would assume that the second option is more expensive, but that depends on a variety of factors. Can you realistically expand onto the existing kitchen? Find out whether an addition in this area would encroach on your property line, and consider how that addition affects the elevation of your house (or the exterior appearance).
In some homes, an expansion of the existing kitchen involves serious construction – including restructuring the roof line, correcting grading issues, changes to concrete foundation or redesigning the exterior finish. Those projects cost a lot of money, and simply relocating the kitchen into an addition within another area of your home could be cheaper.
If an expansion to your existing kitchen layout requires moving the sink and major appliances, plumbing and electrical charges will also be required. Those additional charges may tip the scales, making it a better budget decision to relocate the entire kitchen into the home addition.
Talk to your contractor about the HVAC system and insist that your new kitchen include proper ventilation. This can be done when an existing kitchen is expanded, but some older home layouts may not provide a feasible solution for adequate kitchen venting.
Adding Natural Light
Make your new kitchen feel even larger by adding windows to Northern Virginia additions. Additional windows, or larger windows, create higher levels of natural light and enhance brightness. Sunlight and the right color choices will help your new kitchen to feel larger and more open, a welcoming atmosphere that’s also conducive to productivity and relaxation.
Sometimes bumping out the wall (small scale home additions) or expanding the space to include a breakfast nook (larger scale home additions) is the only way to add windows. When faced with the choice between more cabinetry or more windows, most homeowners opt for the cabinets. Home additions of any size allow for both options.
Budget for high quality windows with Low-E design and double or triple glazing. These windows may add to the initial budget, but create better insulation and reduce heating and cooling costs, saving money over time.
Choosing an Affordable Contractor
Look for a contractor that handles both home additions and kitchen renovations. This contractor will have the experience and professionalism to create a well-built space that includes the latest in kitchen remodeling. Hiring one contractor to handle both elements of this project should also save you money in the end.
Obtain three quotations for the project, and be sure to ask whether or not the contractor uses subcontractors. Find out about warranty coverage for all of the elements involved. Home additions include roofing, exterior finishes and windows, while kitchen renovation warranties should cover the flooring, cabinetry, countertops, plumbing and electrical.
Budgeting for kitchen renovations that involve Northern Virginia additions takes careful planning, Think about the location of your new kitchen, and how the home addition will best fit into your overall floor plan. Include extra windows and hire a contractor that has experience in both types of renovation. When done correctly, this combination adds substantial value to your home.