According to the 2019 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, 66% of homeowners opt to stay in their homes during a kitchen renovation, while 26% choose to move out partially and just 8% move out completely. The study revealed that homeowners who stay put are less likely to experience extreme stress than those who move out. Partial movers also tend to regret their arrangements.

In today’s post, Cipriani Remodeling Solutions, a trusted home remodeling expert, discusses the pros and cons of staying vs. moving out during a renovation. We also share some tips on how you can reduce stress during this period.

Should You Stay Put or Move Out During a Renovation?

This can be a difficult decision to make. While relocating to a temporary home enables you to get away from the distractions of a renovation, it can also double your expenses and present its own inconveniences. Not being able to monitor your contractor’s progress can sometimes be frustrating as well.

Staying in your home allows you to check on your contractor easily. If there are issues or requests, you can address them immediately and be able to save time and money. Being on site makes it easier to maintain clear and regular communication with your contractor.

Reducing Renovation Stress

Accomplishing a completely hassle-free renovation is probably unrealistic. However, setting expectations ahead of time can help you better deal with the stress that comes with the project. For example, if you know you won’t be able to use your kitchen for meal prep a few weeks, you can stockpile frozen meals ahead of time. 

In addition, you and your contractor should always be upfront when it comes to things like project timelines and costs. Make sure you have money set aside for unplanned expenses too. A good rule of thumb is to set aside at least 10% of your renovation budget for contingencies. Be specific about the materials you want as these costs can add up fast. Small changes in the type, color or brand of the materials can have a big impact on your budget.

Cipriani Remodeling Solutions provides a range of services including bathroom renovation and kitchen remodeling. Call us at (856) 202-3322 or fill out our contact form to request an estimate.

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When you’re planning a full kitchen renovation, or even just a few choice upgrades, counter tops, cabinets, appliances and flooring command your attention. But do you ever look up? Unless a lightbulb burns out or you want to replace a light fixture, you probably don’t think much about the ceiling in your kitchen or other rooms.

Yet with all the cooking and living that goes on in the kitchen, a whole lot of unpleasantness can gather in the top half of the room, including heat and moisture, cooking odors and grease. All that can make the ceiling dingy, darken the room and turn the air in your kitchen stale and unpleasant. As you’re refurbishing your kitchen, here are some ways – simple to lofty – to improve the ceiling and brighten the whole room:

The simple stuff

Just as painting walls is the easiest, most cost-effective way to create a new look in a room, painting the kitchen ceiling can have a huge impact on how the room feels and functions. For example, if your kitchen is short on windows and often feels dark, painting the ceiling a high gloss white can help brighten it by reflecting light back down into the room. You can also add faux tin ceiling tiles to reflect light and to create a vintage look.

Stuck with light-colored flooring, countertops and cabinets that make the room look washed out? Adding a subtle hue to the ceiling can help bring color to the room without the aggressiveness of a heavy wall color. Even if your kitchen has no design issues you need to resolve from the top down, repainting the ceiling can impart a fresh, bright look.

Perhaps new light fixtures aren’t in your budget or you really like the ones you have. In either event, replacing incandescent or flourescent light bulbs with LEDs or CFLs can soften harsh overhead lighting and use less electricity at the same time.

Practical luxury

Kitchens cry out for light but with wall space often largely devoted to cabinets, it can be a challenge to get enough natural light into the room through windows alone. Adding a skylight is a cost-effective way to compensate for a lack of windows and to bring balanced natural light and fresh air into a kitchen.

Skylights can help vent cooking odors and moisture from the kitchen if you choose Energy Star-qualified solar-powered fresh-air skylights, like those from Velux America. A programmable touch pad remote control operates the skylights as well as accessories like blinds. Solar powered blinds, which improve the overall energy efficiency of the skylights even more, are available in colors and patterns and allow you to make a design statement while giving you full control of the light that enters the space.

In addition to kitchens, bedrooms and baths are the most popular rooms for skylights since you get the same natural light and passive ventilations benefits while maintaining privacy.

And no-leak solar powered skylights, which close automatically in case of rain, as well as solar powered blinds, can be upgrades that partially pay for themselves since both can qualify for a 30 percent federal tax credit, as do the installation costs. Visit www.whyskylights.com to learn more.

Lofty aspirations

Adding a ceiling medallion is a simple yet high-impact way to change the look of your kitchen ceiling. You can either position it around an existing light fixture or place it above a kitchen island. Installing a medallion is well within the abilities of most do-it-yourselfers and you can accomplish the project in less than a day.

Wood accents, such as paneling, crown molding or a wooden frame add luxury and depth to kitchen ceilings. These are complex installations that may require you to hire a professional but they can pay off big to create your dream kitchen.

Investing some money, thought and effort into upgrading your ceilings can help give the rooms a new look and feel while providing benefits that are both beautiful and practical.

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To learn about how to get things looking up in your  kitchen, visit Cipriani Remodeling Solutions to schedule your FREE in home consultation.