In addition to being one of the most popular renovations that homeowners can complete, the kitchen often nets the highest return on your investment (ROI) relative to other areas in your home. While many homeowners give the kitchen a minor update to keep it modern, others choose a full remodel to improve the style and function of the space, enjoy it more and make it more attractive to potential buyers. Below are a few tips and tricks to help you decide what is best for you and your family.
What You Should Consider Before You Start
Why are you remodeling? This is perhaps the most important question to ask yourself before undertaking a remodel. Are you planning to sell soon or do you simply want to improve the style and function of your kitchen? The answer to this question will help you decide the scope of your project and your overall budget.
How long do you plan to live in the home?
If you plan to move within five years, consider a renovation that will give you the highest return on investment. If you plan to stay in the home for a decade or longer, consider making long-term, functional improvements that fit your style and budget.
Do you plan to have children? Choose durable, easy-to-clean materials for your renovation.
Are you planning to live in the home during the project? If you’re planning a major renovation, consider arranging accommodation off-site so that you won’t be inconvenienced.
Make Your Small Kitchen Appear More Spacious
* Choose light colors to create the illusion of openness.
* Install open shelving to keep your dishes within easy reach and display them with style.
* Incorporate patterns by choosing a bold pattern for the floor, countertops or wall to create visual interest in the room.
* Building an island will increase counter and storage space in small kitchens. Install wheels on yours so it is front and center when you need it and movable to the side when you’re entertaining guests.
Five Popular Trends with Great Returns
Smart Technology: Some of the latest kitchen appliances feature technology that allows you to control the appliances from your smartphone, save energy and also work more efficiently in the kitchen. Imagine a refrigerator that tells you when you’re running out of milk, an oven that preheats on your commute home and a dishwasher that alerts you when there’s a leak. It’s all within reach and can save you time.
Open-Space Concepts: Consider removing some or all of the upper cabinets and storing dishes, food and other items at eye-level. Utilize more efficient storage solutions in the base cabinets and outfit tall wall cabinets with pullout storage so you can easily view and access the items you need.
Touch Technology: Activate the faucet with your elbow or the back of your hand when your hands are full or dirty. Touch technology streamlines meal preparation, makes it easier to keep your sink and faucet clean and helps ensure safer food preparation.
Comfortable Gathering Space: Creating a comfortable seating area encourages family members to spend time together while dinner is being prepared. Kids can do homework and your friends can socialize during parties.
Purposeful Lighting: Take your lighting to the next level by illuminating the interiors or undersides of your cabinets. Cabinet and undercabinet lighting combine function and style to add an element of sophistication to your remodeled kitchen.
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