Tired of your old, outdated kitchen? It may be time to renovate! Below are some helpful insights to aide you on your quest to a beautiful and functional kitchen.
There Are Plenty of Reasons to Renovate
If your kitchen is the hub of your home, it can take a lot of abuse and look dingy and dated quickly. Freshening up this space can: increase your home’s value, give you more space, create a more organized and functional layout, be visually pleasing, and create a more open, casual floor plan.
Beware of Fads
Consider incorporating long-lasting trends into your kitchen, such as: functional cabinetry, sleek and modern styles, universal design, glazes versus paints and stains, warm and dark colors, and natural woods and finishes. When researching materials, be sure to evaluate: cost, efficiency, and design. Keep in mind the level of maintenance and durability of the products you choose.
Some materials of note: Quartz is inching ahead of granite as the must-have countertop for durability, beauty, and cleaning ease. Popular flooring includes: hardwoods, natural stones, linoleum, porcelain, and vinyl tiles.
It’s All in the Details
A full kitchen renovation requires careful consideration during design. Don’t rush into construction without considering the layout of appliances, required storage, and usable counter space. Kitchen remodels can be complex; hire a professional kitchen designer, architect, or design-build firm for your project. And, remember, you’ll be without a kitchen during construction, so setting up a refrigerator and microwave in another room is a must.
In order to save time and money, know – and stick to – your budget. If your kitchen isn’t too outdated, consider refacing cabinet doors instead of installing all new cabinetry. Energy efficient appliances can contribute to long-term decreases in energy costs. And always choose long-lasting, quality materials. Kitchen remodels are a significant investment and should last 15-25 years.