Kitchen or Bath? How to Decide Which Renovation to Tackle in 2019

by Alex ThatcherJanuary 4, 2019

4 Things You Should Consider Before Choosing Between a Kitchen and a Bath Remodel

The kitchen is one of (if not the most) popular rooms homeowners choose to renovate, and the bathroom isn’t that far behind. For any homeowner looking to do a major renovation in the home this year, chances are strong that one of these two rooms will likely be involved.

If you are planning to do your own renovation in 2019 and you’re having a tough time choosing between the two high priority rooms, then you should first step back and carefully assess the situation. Depending on certain factors, one of these two areas may be more preferable over the other. With that in mind, here are four key things to keep in mind before you choose between remodeling your kitchen or the bathroom.

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Your Renovation Budget

Major renovations to the kitchen and the bath can be expensive, so how much you dedicate to your project will be an important factor in which room you choose to work on. According to U.S. News & World Report, the average cost for a minor kitchen remodel is $21,198, while a luxury remodel can cost upwards of $125,000.

A minor bathroom remodel can be accomplished for about $19,000, or you can enjoy a luxury makeover for about $62,000. Choosing between minor remodels is more challenging because the price difference isn’t that much, but if you are looking for the complete works, then the kitchen will cost you twice as much as the bathroom.

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Timeframe for Your Remodeling Project

If you’re tight for time when it comes to scheduling your project, then you might want to stay away from having your kitchen done. On average, it takes anywhere from 30 days to six months for a kitchen remodel to be completed, depending on how involved the project it. Plus, you only have one kitchen, so you will have to make do for that time without one. Added to these factors, in many cases, a large-scale remodel will undoubtedly go over the time-frame allotted, leaving you without a kitchen for longer than you had possibly planned.

If you don’t want to be wrapped up in a project for too long an amount of time, then it’s important to note that you can have your bathroom renovated in just over two weeks, in many cases. This kind of remodel is made even easier if you have another bathroom the family can use while one is being worked on.

Who Will Be Doing the Renovation Work?

Are you planning on doing the renovation work yourself or are you hiring someone to do it? If you want to take a shot at a DIY project, then you might not want to start with the kitchen. The sheer size and scope of the project can be daunting for most people.

On the other hand, the generally small space of the bathroom makes it an easier project for most first-time DIYers to manage. With electric and plumbing also involved in the bath, it is in no ways an easy undertaking, but it is usually easier than renovating the kitchen.

Planning to Resale or Stay When You’re Done?

If you are thinking about moving at any point in the near future, then this should impact your choice because you will want to put your money into the one renovation project that will deliver the best ROI. If you’re planning on staying in the home for several more years, then ROI simply won’t be quite as important.

Among buyers, the kitchen is one of the most important things they consider about a home, so focusing on a major kitchen overhaul will bring you in the most money, right? Well, the truth is, not always.

According to Remodeling, the average return for a minor kitchen remodel is 81.1%, while an upscale remodel delivers just 53.3% return. The same distance can also be seen between a midscale bathroom remodel (70.1%) and an upscale remodel (56.2%). So, far and away, the best investment for your money will be a minor kitchen remodel, not an upscale one.

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Which Project Is Ultimately the Right One for You?

Choosing the right renovation project for your home is not always a cut and dry decision. There are other variables you need to consider other than how it will impact your day to day life. Think about the above factors when making your decision, and you’ll know you’ve made the right choice for your unique situation.

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About The Author
Alex Thatcher
Alex is a home staging guru who moonlights as a writer. She loves everything about interior design and loves working in the industry. Alex is an expert in finding what makes people light up when they walk into a room, and has made a living by creating interiors that are unique, warm and inviting. When she isn't arranging flowers or making sure she's found the right loveseat for prospective buyers, she writes about her passion — home design.