The “value” discussion becomes a matter of personal taste and priorities. How important is your kitchen? How does it affect your quality of life? Stress tests indicate that good task lighting can improve health and reduce anxiety. What then of the warmth of indirect lighting? How important is easy care? Working together with others comfortably in your kitchen? Your definition of beauty?
Thoughts come to mind. How much time do you spend in your kitchen? Does it get hard use? Is it a gathering place for friends and family? Do you live alone and rarely entertain? How long do you want it to last? A poorly designed kitchen with an inconvenient layout or poor storage is apt to cost nearly as much as one that is well thought out and created to your personal taste. Even a modest kitchen is apt to be the largest investment in your home, so it is worth getting it right. A newly remodeled kitchen enhances the sale price of a home.
Over the years, one of my favorite answers to the question of “How much do kitchens cost?” has been, “They tend to run in the price range of cars.” A very sophisticated kitchen with top of the line appliances and counter tops might be similar to a very high-end luxury car. Since most of us are apt to purchase more cars in a lifetime than kitchens it helps to get a feel for the budget. To me this analogy also helps point out the value of investing in a well designed quality built kitchen.
So...what kind of kitchen do you want to drive?
~ Kristie Eagle McPhie, Certified Kitchen Designer, co-owns McPhie Cabinetry in Bozeman. She, her husband Scott, and their staff have created numerous award winning and published projects throughout their 30 years in business together, while raising three children. Kristie currently serves on the Member Standards Committee of the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Her e-mail is [email protected]