A kitchen remodel can significantly increase the value of your home. Kitchens are the heartbeat of any home, and having quality, durable materials and a killer layout will earn your money back. When choosing materials, it is important that you choose a good quality and not buy items based on looks alone. Don’t forget adequate lighting to highlight your new space and allow good visibility for cooking and enjoying the company of friends and family.
Replacing your old countertops is one of the biggest visual differences you can make, not to mention adding a serious “wow” factor to your revitalised space. Granite, although a bit expensive, is trendy. It comes in a large type of colours that can match almost any colour scheme. It has a glossy surface which is easy to clean, and it is known for being durable. Marble is another favourite because of its beautiful colour choices and long-lasting durability and high quality. These counters offer years of efficient workspace and are eye-catching as well.
When it comes to appliances, many people go for the stainless-steel look. All black or all white appliances work too, but make sure they are quality items. Finding appliances that have a good warranty or good reviews for being durable are helpful too. Set a budget for your appliances and figure out which things you want in your kitchen. There are many to choose apart from the basics. Do you want a ventilation hood? You ought to consider and discuss wine refrigerators, warming ovens, restaurant-quality ovens, and gas or electric. Sticking to your budget on appliances will help keep your kitchen renovation budget on track.
Lovely cabinetry is another visual stunner you can install in your tired kitchen. Decide if you want see-through upper cabinets with glass doors or solid doors all the way around. The colour palette is another deciding factor. Cabinets come in cherry, white, espresso, rustic, and many other variations of stains and colours. You can add drawers to the lower cabinets instead of doors for easier use. Upper cabinets can also stretch to the ceiling to maximise the use of space and storage opportunities. Choosing quality cabinets will extend their life for years and is a sound investment. What colour would you choose?
One more quality item you need in your kitchen is flooring. The kitchen is a heavily travelled area, and most people want something attractive and yet easy to clean. Hardwood floors are prevalent as are tile and porcelain tile. Other choices are cork, linoleum, or laminate flooring just to name a few. Another element to consider is if the flooring is moisture resistant. Washing dishes, spills and more happen a lot in the kitchen, and the floor is bound to suffer a spill or liquid at some point. Flooring can get expensive, especially if you have a large, open layout. Check the durability and cleanliness factor when picking the perfect floor for your new kitchen.
Revamping your old kitchen into something updated and functional is exciting and can increase the value of your home. Lighting, cabinets, countertops, flooring, and appliances are some of the major items that you should research for your space. If you are doing some of the work yourself, be sure to wear protective gear and have the proper tools for the work.
Choosing your colour scheme ahead of time will help with the decision process. There are floors, cabinets, and countertops in almost every colour imaginable so don’t limit yourself. Choosing quality and durability will make your kitchen last for years to come and will provide a comfortable, welcoming space for all to enjoy.
Sarah is the writer at The DIY Hammer. She enjoys doing home improvement projects and sharing helpful information about materials, techniques, and tools on her blog.
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