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Renovating your kitchen on Long Beach Island will definitely be one of the most exciting updates you make to your beach house. Who doesn’t love entertaining for family and friends in a brand-new kitchen? Before you begin the process, think about the following questions to organize your thoughts and gather your ideas.

WHAT IS YOUR MAIN OBJECTIVE?

What is the main objective that you would like to achieve with your kitchen renovation? Do you want to update the cabinets, counters and flooring to modernize the look? Do you want to add more living space and build a kitchen addition to allow for more guests? Or do you want to reconfigure your existing kitchen and making it more family-friendly? It’s important to share your ultimate goals with your builder, who can help guide you in the right direction.

WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET?

What are you really comfortable spending? Share your budget with your builder. It is important to keep in mind that a full kitchen renovation includes new cabinetry, flooring, countertops, and appliances as well as updating the plumbing, electric, heating and cooling. Depending on what selections you choose, the cost of the remodel can fluctuate substantially. If you are forthcoming with a budget range, it will help your contractor to steer you to the appropriate selections that fit within your price point.

ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THE EXISTING LAYOUT?

Do you like the existing layout of your kitchen or do you want to change the configuration? Keeping the plumbing, electric, heating and cooling in its current layout will definitely lower your expense. If your objective is to create additional space by removing walls and creating an open concept between your dining and living areas, then plan to increase your budget.

IS THIS A GOOD INVESTMENT?

Kitchens help sell a home! Renovating your kitchen can definitely improve your home’s resale value. You can expect a return on investment of about 80-87% depending on the scope of the remodel. Before renovating, consider the length of time that you plan to stay in your home in relation to the budget you are willing to spend.

HAVE YOU INQUIRED ABOUT YOUR BUILDER OR DESIGNER?

Have you researched our builder or designer? Ask them for local references and take the time to reach out to a few. Take a look at their website, see if they belong to the Better Business Bureau as well as the local Chamber of Commerce. And most importantly, confirm that they are both registered and insured.

At LBI Coastal Builders, we look forward to guiding our clients from design to selections to construction. Call our office at 609-494-9400 or stop in to see us in Ship Bottom at 1204 Long Beach Boulevard.

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