What Room to Remodel First?

Are you in the planning process of a home remodel, but unsure of what room to remodel first?

There are so many options and ideally you’d want all rooms to be renovated at once, but that’s not always an option. If you have to choose, consider starting with the rooms that you and your family use the most. Typically, this room is the kitchen, bathroom, or living room.

Let’s start with the kitchen.

The kitchen is the heart of the home, it’s where everyone wants to be. This statement rings so true that NPR dedicated a story to the age old cliché in 2018. If the kitchen really is the heart of your home, and you notice that guests flock to the room during gatherings, the kitchen might be your best bet to remodel first.

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Not only will a kitchen remodel make your family and guests more comfortable and cozy, but it is also shown to boost the value of your home. Not only will you be more happy in your home, but a kitchen remodel proves to be a well-thought investment into your future if done correctly.

“A common real estate adage says “kitchens sell houses,” and it’s true — for the most part.”

– Zillow.com

According to the same Zillow article, a kitchen remodel can range from a return on investment of 53.5% to 81.1% according to the national average. This is an impressive investment and one that might be very worthwhile to you and your family, but maybe the kitchen isn’t the most important room to remodel first.

Is the living room of more importance?

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Maybe most of your family and guests head straight to the living room to relax. Having a relaxing and inviting space to sit and gather is very important. It can be your safe space and relaxation zone after a stressful day at work.

Remodeling the living room gives you a way to give a first impression to your home. Many homes have the main doorway lead directly into the living room. In a remodel, you can create a beautiful entryway into your home. It sets the scene for your home and leaves a good impression on guests.

HGTV gives some great tips on how to remodel a living room for the best future investment. They mention things like not investing in a remodel based around current design fads, but go for designs that are more tried and true. You want your living room remodel to be timeless, not stuck in a particular time period.

As for a return on investment for a living room remodel, it can be just as good as the return on investment for a kitchen remodel.

“A high quality Living Room Remodeling project in an appropriate neighborhood can return as much as 77% – 91% of its initial cost.”


Finally, lets take a look at choosing a bathroom remodel as your first room to remodel.

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Bathrooms might not be the most interesting choice, but they are just as luxurious as other home remodeling projects. Having a beautiful bathroom can be a world of difference to your family. An aesthetically clean bathroom can turn your rushed and anxious morning routine into a nice and relaxing warm up into the busy day ahead.

Treat yourself and your family to a spa like experience with the comfort of your own home. Add some heated floor tiles, a double sink vanity, or a beautiful new tub or shower to really drive the point home.

The good news is that the return on investment for bathrooms can also be very high with around 70% according to Zillow.

There is also a case to be made to add an additional bathroom on to your home instead of renovating an old bathroom. This could be a good move for your first remodeling project to add some additional value and shorten the lines for the bathroom in the morning.

“Some sellers might discover that adding a whole new bathroom provides a better ROI than remodeling an existing one. For example, if you have a home with only one bathroom or a disproportionate number of bedrooms and bathrooms, adding an additional bathroom can be a smart move.”


Whichever room you decide to remodel first, Ryann Reed Design Build can take on any project of any size. We are a design-build company in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and also providing service to Montgomery County, and the surrounding areas. Because we are a design-build company, you don’t have to worry about finding and hiring a designer. Our in-house designers will work directly with our lead carpenters to make sure your project goes as smooth as possible with no hiccups or lost time.

Visit our contact page to discuss your project and schedule a free consultation with our project manager.