If you have some money that you’re ready to invest into your home, you probably already know that the kitchen is the most deserving place for you to put it.
Whether an avid cook or not, everyone who is looking for a new home sets their sights on the kitchen, and there’s no wonder why.
Even if you don’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen yourself, it’s definitely a place that you see every day and one that your guests probably see quite often as well.
Here are some upgrades that can add excellent value to your kitchen space and house as a whole:
#1 Go for Upgraded Appliances
There’s something about upgraded appliances (whether stainless steel or any of the new colors) that just shouts, “Our kitchen is the prized part of our home!”
When people see them, they instantly think about quality, durability, and probably a good cook too. They look sleek and they can instantly upgrade the appearance of your kitchen.
Plus, new upgraded appliances in any finish are going to upgrade your home’s energy efficiency which adds fantastic value. Just make sure everything matches.
#2 Get New Countertops
Whether it’s granite, concrete, or a marble slab, new countertops can dress up the look of your kitchen on budgets big and small.
A new countertop is especially important if you currently have builder grade tile or just a dingy, outdated counter from years’ past.
New premium countertops are attractive, durable, and will improve the overall look and feel of your kitchen.
A professional kitchen remodeler can ask you the right questions and tell you the pluses and minuses for each type of countertop…so that you can make and informed educated decision.
A pantry and lots of cabinet organization can do wonders for your kitchen.
When you get things off the countertops, it makes the room look clean and orderly, and it also makes it more efficient to work in.
If you don’t have a pantry, invest in a buffet or china cabinet that can be converted into extra storage or convert a nearby coat closet into a pantry area.
If you have a laundry room, it can also double as food storage.
It’s often free to do this but the difference can be mightily impressive so don’t underestimate it!
No one likes clutter and it can be stressful, and turn off potential buyers if you ever want to sell your house.
If you are remodeling your kitchen, don’t understate the layout!
This can make or break your kitchen functionality.
You can have the best looking kitchen in the world, and still get stressed out every time you cook something because of a poor layout.
Make sure to consult a professional kitchen designer when laying out your new kitchen.
They “have been there and done that” so you can avoid the top mistakes most homeowner’s make when designing a kitchen.
#4 Light It Up
Lighting can completely change the look and feel of the room.
Replace the overhead lighting with bright, energy efficient light bulbs and consider getting new fixtures for the kitchen if your current ones are outdated.
You should also consider under cabinet lighting to make the counters feel bright and spacious any time of day.
Plus, under cabinet lights are extremely practical since they shine light directly onto your work area without any annoying shadows–perfect for any amount of cooking you may do.
When designing your new kitchen, a professional can recommend the exact placement and types of fixtures that will work best in your space.
The correct lighting can make your new kitchen “sparkle”.
#5 Don’t Forget The Small Stuff
The finishing touches you can make to add value to your kitchen are plentiful.
Look at drawer pulls, cabinet handles, sink faucets, and other small details and dress them up.
Sometimes all it takes are upgrades to these minute details to dress up any kitchen!
You also want to make sure that the small construction details are paid attention to as well.
- The moldings are level, lined up properly with no gaps, and the seems are filled.
- The backsplash grout is clean and neat and the tiles are level and flat (not bumpy).
- The cabinet pulls and handles are even and level.
- The caulking around the countertop is smooth and neat.
While small, these things can make a noticeable difference in the overall look and feel of the kitchen.
#6 Custom Cabinets
What is the first thing everyone sees when they walk into a kitchen?
The cabinets… Investing in custom high quality cabinets will add the most value to your kitchen.
You can design them to the exact specifications of your kitchen space and to your liking’s and desires.
This will not only make your kitchen look nicer, but also greatly increase the functionality of your kitchen.
You have more options on finishes and colors, they look much nicer, the doors open and close much smoother and don’t break down over time like cheaper cabinets.
You can also change the look and feel with some great hardware options available today.
#7 Premium Flooring
Flooring can change the entire look and feel of a room, especially the kitchen.
Cheap flooring is often noticeable and wears out much faster than a quality floor.
What is underneath your flooring is just as important.
You want to make sure you have a quality, level sub-floor underneath your premium flooring to avoid any “soft” spots or squeaking when you walk.
#8 Have A Professional Do The Work
When adding the most value to your home, it is very important to hire a professional that knows what they are doing to complete the work.
They will not only install the kitchen properly, but they will also be able to make many recommendations throughout the process to save you time, money, and aggravation now and in the long run.
Ever walk into a DIY kitchen and spot the issues?
- Flooring not level and squeaks when you walk in certain spots.
- Cabinets crooked and the hand pulls don’t line up
- The backsplash tiles are uneven and the grout is messy
- The lighting is horrible and doesn’t make the kitchen “pop”
- The workspace is crowded and not efficient for cooking
- The walkway in between the island is too narrow
- The sink is not in the best spot for cooking or doing dishes
- There is never enough storage space
These are just a few of the many problems we see with bad kitchen design and construction.
Here’s Your Next Step…
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