Today we have a feature article from Lucas Contracting. If you’ve decided to undergo a kitchen remodel, you probably have a lot of ideas floating in your head or people whispering in your ear about what design choices to make. It can be hard to settle on what kind of finishes to choose, but we consider these the five best kitchen upgrades:
Granite countertops look incredible, help improve the resell value of your home, and are also very durable. The great thing about granite is that it is a natural product, yet comes in a wide variety of colour and design options to suit your particular style and the feel of your new kitchen. While you may flirt with other countertop options or try to skimp on the budget, there is no doubt the most appealing and valuable countertop option is granite.
While your old white stove might still work perfectly fine, it can be an eyesore. Potential buyers are often turned off by an amazing kitchen that happens to have older appliances. So treat yourself and add to the resell value of your home by investing in stainless steel appliances. These instantly upgrade the look of your kitchen, but also provide great practical function. Above all, make sure your appliances match – nothing disappoints a buyer more than three great stainless steel appliances brought down by an old and ugly fridge.
Often overlooked, kitchen lighting is the final touch to really make a kitchen remodel pop. You may not even notice good lighting, but you’ll definitely notice poor lighting. Whether you choose under-cabinet lighting, recessed lighting, elegant hanging lights, or an industrial look, you can find the right lighting options to suit your style.
It is important to choose the right kind of kitchen flooring. You need a material that can stand up to the test of time, and that can handle the action of one of the most highly-trafficked areas in your home. Tough and low maintenance porcelain tile, slip-resistant cork flooring, or affordable and comfortable vinyl flooring are all great options.
Finally, you’ll want to make sure you’ll invest in many storage options. You don’t want to design a beautiful and impressive kitchen yet realize you have nowhere to store the turkey pan, blender, or backup wine glasses. Make sure you have plenty of cupboard space to suit your needs, a deep and inviting pantry, lots of drawers, and a practical storage design. Think of your largest or most awkwardly-sized cooking item and make sure it will have a nice home in your brand new kitchen.
With these recommendations in mind, you’ll have a perfect kitchen renovation that is as stunning as it is practical. Bon appétit!