Are architects a necessary expense when you’re planning a kitchen remodel?
Everyone wants to save money where they can, but no one wants the headaches that may accompany doing a kitchen remodel on the cheap. How do you know what services are safe to forego?
It’s best if you have a contractor you can trust. If you think your contractor is trying to upsell you on all their services, you’ll feel leery throughout the project. And it’s hard to sleep when you’re spending tens of thousands of dollars and feeling leery.
When evaluating what you need and don’t need, consider the size of your kitchen remodeling project. If you’re just getting new cabinets, countertops and flooring, you probably don’t need an architect. If you make a mistake with a project of this size, you can probably fix it without spending too much money.
How Much Will You Spend on Your Kitchen Remodel?
According to Homeadvisor.com, the average price for a kitchen remodel is about $20,000. But the range is so great that this number doesn’t really mean much. Many small renovations are closer to $10,000, and a big renovation — including moving walls — can be closer to $50,000.
What we’re saying is, if you plan to gut your kitchen, move appliances and walls, add a bump-out or any combination of these, having an architect would be a good idea. It’s true that it’s an added expense, but you get their professional expertise, plus the peace of mind that comes with it.
Architect or “Designer”?
Before hiring an architect, however, make sure you understand the semantics of the trade. An architect has a degree in architecture and a license to practice. A designer, on the other hand, may have had no formal training. These professionals may have an eye for style, but that may not be adequate for your project.
If your kitchen remodel is any more involved than some simple renovations, you will need a building permit, and to get a permit, you must submit plans. Some contractors are good at drawing their own plans, and if you get a proven, experienced one and your kitchen remodel is not too extensive, this is a legitimate way to go.
Designers might avail themselves of the easy-to-use new computer technology that draws plans for you, but honestly, homeowners can do the same themselves. The main worry with trusting this job to the untrained is, what happens if something goes wrong later? Who takes the blame? And who pays to rectify the situation?
Professionals for Your Kitchen Remodel
At Falk Construction, we employ architects, designers, project managers and professional craftspeople. We have all the expertise you need in one building. We will not recommend you use an architect if you merely want to install a kitchen island and a range hood. We have decades of experience in the industry, and we know who we need to rely on for each service we perform.
If you are planning a kitchen remodel, or if you need any type of home renovation or general contracting services, call Falk Construction. We’re the trusted Ogden-area contractor you can rely on for all your renovations.