Three Remodeling Budgets and Check Lists for the Health Conscious Kitchen

What things do you value most
in your life? A healthy lifestyle?
 A
beautiful home? A happy outlook on life? I’m talking to you today about
something that can positively (or adversely) affect all three. Your kitchen.


Your kitchen’s functionality
and appearance has a huge effect on your health and wellness practices. Living
an active, healthy life gives you energy yes, but it also takes some planning
to get you there. Eating right, exercising and balancing your life can be challenging
if you don’t have the right support systems in place. The well-planned kitchen
is definitely a big piece of that puzzle. Take it from me. I know because I’m
an interior designer, a wellness advocate and a health conscious, active woman juggling
numerous health challenges. I couldn’t effectively manage everything with a
kitchen that doesn’t meet those needs.

As a
health conscious woman, the most important tasks that take place in your
kitchen are making big salads, fresh green juices, smoothies, and whole food,
plant based dinners like vegetarian soups and chili’s. These are essentials for
you and they’re something you want to seriously consider committing to every single
day.


image via Haus Love

If the kitchen is at the core
of your health and wellness practices, the refrigerator is at the core of your
kitchen. Most American’s have a diet high in meat and dairy and that means most
American refrigerators are designed to easily access those particular foods,
leaving the produce bins, “the ugly step children” at the bottom of the barrel!
Buying refrigerators with the freezers on the bottom is a great solution for
easier access to fresh produce.

REFRIGERATORS

For
the tech lover, smart refrigerators have hubs to help you create grocery
shopping lists, share calendars, interfamily notes and photos, and even stream
movies and music. Some come with cameras inside just in case you forget that
darn grocery list.

Built-in refrigerators are
built into an opening and have sides that are flush with neighboring cabinets
and doors that protrude out about 2 inches beyond cabinets.

An overlay or “panel-ready”
fridge is also considered to be a built in but has the added feature of doors
that match your kitchen cabinets.

Integrated refrigerators are
completely camouflaged when installed. There are no vents or compressors
visible. No 2 inch protrusions. Their doors are inset and are
perfectly flush with cabinets and look
identical to any other cabinet.

Your wellness practices will
also to a slightly lesser degree, evolve around other kitchen activities and
tools. These can be optimally placed according to proximity of your refrigerator,
stove, sink and island.


image via Pure Salt

TOOLS, ZONES and ACTIVITIES for a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

  • Chopping/salad prep
  • Mix Master/Kitchen Aid Food Processor
  • Dehydrator
  • Juicer
  • Blender/smoothies/soups/nut
    milks
  • Sprouting/fresh herbs
  • Cleaning
  • Baking
  • Children’s meals
  • 2nd sink/2nd cook

I
get that not everyone wants to fully remodel their kitchen. Now if you’re building
a home, yes that’s your opportunity to design it from the ground up and I have
strategy sessions available for just that contingency. But for now, let’s look
at things that can be done without a set of a big set of blue prints.

image via Pop Sugar

BUDGETS

Kitchen
remodels vary dependent upon where you live (California will be more expensive
than Minnesota for example), the size (or scope) of the project and the product
brands you choose but typically you can budget anywhere from $25,000 to $150,000.

When
budgeting, keep in mind the real estate values in your neighborhood. The value
of your home should play a part in the budget you decide on. In design terms we
call this unofficial rating system Good, Better or Best.


BEST

$150,000 and up.

Custom cabinets/finishes

New wiring and plumbing

High end
counters/backsplashes

High end flooring

High end appliances

High end fixtures (sink,
faucet, pulls)

High end lighting

Décor

BETTER

$75,000 and up

Custom cabinets/finishes

New wiring and plumbing

Upgrade counters/backsplashes

Upgrade flooring

Upgrade appliances

Upgrade fixtures (sink,
faucet, pulls)

Upgrade lighting

Décor

*When remodeling an outdated
kitchen, save time and money by maintaining the existing floor plans or ‘foot
print’. By not rewiring or re-plumbing you can focus more of your budget on
fixtures, flooring, counters, backsplashes, cabinets and appliances.

GOOD

$25,000 and up

Stock cabinets

*Existing wiring and plumbing

Standard
counters/backsplashes

Standard flooring

Standard appliances

Standard fixtures (sink,
faucet, pulls)

Standard lighting

Décor


Starting
and ending the day optimally, in a kitchen that’s functional
and beautiful will make health and
wellness that much easier for you!
 

And if getting your home in order is a priority before the holidays, you will want to check out my freebie The Functional Home Blueprint” where you’ll learn how to:

Create work zones that instill clarity and creativity so you can get organized and energized in the process. 

Make better zones in your home for downtime and re-connecting with yourself and your loved ones. 

Carve out exercise/wellbness spaces when there’s no room; optimize your kitchen so you feel good about following through with healthy eating and more!

Live
beautifully. Eat beautifully, 

Shiree’

 

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