They say the two most expensive rooms in the house to remodel are the kitchen and the main bathroom. That may be true, but what are you going to do when it really is time for a redo? We did not want to cut any corners with our new kitchen like we did when we first built this house. We put up a strong structure and exterior, but tried to save money on things such as cabinets, flooring and some other things. The builder we hired that does kitchen remodeling in Bergen County NJ is working with us to not get any substandard components installed during this kitchen makeover.
If we had put the attention into the kitchen and master bathroom as we did the exterior of our house, we would not be remodeling today. It would have lasted. Our pressed board countertops with the veneer looks worn out. We are getting granite this time. The cabinets will be oak with the doors and stiles being made of real oak and not oak veneer. The new flooring will be ceramic tile that is non-slip not this slick vinyl junk we have now.
We are getting better stainless steel appliances too. The budget models we bought the first time are just not holding up. The one new thing that we are not doing is the undermount sink option. I have seen so many of them fail, especially if you do a lot of gourmet cooking like we do. Surface mount sinks cannot sag when the adhesives fail. The lighting is definitely going to be brighter and also LED to save energy. This time we will actually have light under the cabinets to light up the countertops. You live and learn from your remodeling mistakes and are likely never to repeat them twice.