Renovating your kitchen can be an exciting journey! You have the opportunity of not only transforming your kitchen but making it more efficient and useful for future activities. Upgrading the kitchen helps the homeowner in various ways.
1. Increases flow and functionality in the space.
This is where the fun begins! When you initially start to plan out what your new kitchen will be and where things will be located, it is important to remember that functionality and flow can make or break the space. You have many options when developing your plan. You can keep your existing layout and decide to upgrade cabinets and appliances or you may decide to completely change the layout by removing walls and rearranging appliances. Understanding the kitchen work triangle is a good area to start. If this is your first time hearing about the kitchen triangle is a rule of thumb that Designers and Architects use to design kitchens. The triangle is an imaginary line focus on 3 points in the kitchen; the sink, stove, and refrigerator. The cabinets or appliances should not interfere with any leg of the triangle by more than 12 feet.
2. Transform your existing space into a one of a kind, inviting environment.
Transforming your existing space can be challenging to envision. If it is within the budget, I recommend having a designer help you create a space that you, your friends, and family can enjoy for years to come. It is important that the design stays on-trend and that it follows the era and style of the home.
3. Upgrade whatever you can to Energy Star (reduces energy cost)
Upgrading your appliances can not only save you money but can also buy you comfort. For example, having LED lighting in your kitchen saves you the hassle of keeping tons of spare bulbs to store or have to pay fees to replace them. LED bulbs last for years. In addition, having a quiet dishwasher, refrigerator and garbage disposal are items most people don’t think about but are available with energy star ratings as well.
4. Increases the value of your home for a future sale or refinance.
It’s no shock that buyers are willing to pay more for high-end finishes and thoughtful upgrades. According to a recent survey, 80% of homebuyers placed the kitchen in their topmost important space. 69% of buyers who bought homes and compromised in certain features said they would have paid more for new appliances and 55% said they would have paid more for granite or solid counters. This being said you can spend up to 20% of your home’s value on your kitchen renovation and get top dollar on your investment. The National Association of Realtors also ranks a well-designed, sensible kitchen remodel as the best home interior remodeling project for increasing a home’s value.
5. Studies have shown lifestyle improvements in the following areas:
- 33% said they have a healthier lifestyle after renovating their kitchen
- Nearly 50% said they have more family time
- 41% said they cook more at home
Let me know if you have decided to upgrade the kitchen in your home or looking to buy a new home with a better kitchen. What are the upgrades you are looking for the most? If you have any questions about kitchen renovations please email me or comment below!