Kitchen or Bath: Which Should You Remodel First?


When it comes to home remodeling projects, kitchens and bathroom tend to be top priorities for many homeowners. While it would be great to have the ability to do both right away, that’s rarely realistic. Whether due to time, budget, or other restrictions, homeowners often have to take these projects one at a time. So, the question we often get is, “Which should I remodel first—the kitchen or the bath?” Of course, there’s no hard and fast answer that’s true for everyone—it will vary depending on the individual home, homeowner, and the specific goals, budgets, priorities, timing, convenience, and other factors related to the remodel project. That said, if you’re faced with this question and want to know how to choose, here are a few key things to consider that should help you get closer to an informed decision you feel confident about:

What is your primary motive for remodeling?

For many homeowners, there may be multiple reasons they want to begin remodeling their home—including preparing to sell their home in the near future, starting a long-term plan to increase the value of the home overall, to increase the aesthetics or improve the experience for guests, or simply for their own personal preferences and desires, and enjoyment. But there’s often one of these reasons that’s the primary motive, and that could help you decide which to remodel first, the kitchen or the bath.


For example, if you are planning to put your home on the market in the near future, your primary motive is probably to add as much value to your home as possible, as soon as possible. Most real estate agents will tell you that both kitchens and baths are important to home buyers, but if you had to pick one it should probably be the kitchen. There are a variety of reasons for this from the buyer’s perspective, but all you really need to know as the homeowner is that ultimately the kitchen remodel will give you the best return on investment (ROI) overall—so start there. 


On the other hand, if you’re primary motive for a remodel is personal preferences and enjoyment, all you really need to ask yourself is, “Which remodel would bring the most joy or added benefits to my life and my family’s lives?” If your master bath is where you and loved ones go to unwind in a big bubble bath at the end of a hard day—or if you wish that was even possible, then start with the bathroom. If you love to cook and have dinner parties and the like, start with the kitchen.


Do you have any major concerns or constraints regarding budget, time, energy, etc.?

Most homeowners are at least somewhat concerned with budget, but other logistical factors like time, energy, and inconvenience can also be a factor when thinking through the realities of a home remodel project. Many assume that, in general, kitchen remodels are more expensive, time-consuming, and disruptive than bath remodels—but that’s not necessarily the case. If your decision is dependent on these kinds of factors, be sure to go through the process of really thinking through how much money, time, decisions, and disruptions will be associated with your particular kitchen and bath remodeling plans. [Related: Questions to Ask Before Remodeling your Bathroom]


Need more help deciding which remodel to tackle first? Contact us to tell us about your project and your goals, and we’ll be happy to guide you through the decision-making process, including providing you with free quotes for your specific projects.

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