One of the best ways you can up the resale value of your home is by remodeling. Depending on your financial situation, you could probably get a lot of mileage out of going room-to-room with your modernization. But for most folks, the one place that consistently needs the most renovation is the kitchen.
Think about it: Your fridge goes on the fritz, your stove stops heating up, your microwave goes mellow (in a bad way). Of course, it’s not just the appliances that need replacing — sometimes, it’s the cabinets and the countertops, too. No matter what new life you need to inject in your kitchen, keep these four tips in mind before you do it.
Establish a budget and stick to it.
It’s easy to get carried away with design blueprints for a better kitchen. You start thinking of completely replacing kitchen cabinets and courting granite wholesalers for new counters. Essentially, your eyes get bigger than your bank account. That’s why it’s important to make a realistic budget — including a slush fund for unforeseen emergencies and construction difficulties — and not deviate from it when it comes time to pick out your new toys.
Consider all the angles in your kitchen.
There’s a science to everything, including laying out the floorplan of your kitchen. The kitchen work triangle is one such plan that positions your sink, refrigerator and stove within a certain amount of space from each other for maximum cooking and baking mobility and convenience. Experts recommend (yes, experts have studied the dynamics of kitchen design) that no leg of the triangle be shorter than 4 feet and longer than 9 feet. Additionally, the sum of all three legs of the triangle should come to somewhere between 13 and 26 feet.
Look to the sky for cabinet space.
Not literally, of course — unless you’re planning to use a step ladder. Don’t by shy about replacing kitchen cabinets with new ones that reach toward the ceiling, especially if space becomes a concern with the other changes being implemented in your kitchen. Research the latest custom kitchen cabinetry designs in order to find one that best suits your kitchen’s aesthetic, and, if you see fit, extend them up higher than normal in order to achieve the maximum amount of storage space your kitchen requires.
Contemplate your countertops.
What could possibly be more important than replacing kitchen cabinets? Try considering granite for kitchen countertops against marble, wood or laminate. While each has its own benefits, granite allows you the durability of one of nature’s toughest rocks at half the price of the equally as classy marble. It’s a decision that’s not to be taken lightly, so ask your designer or home contractor plenty of questions before you find a suitable candidate.
While the most contemporary kitchen cabinetry and countertops come at a premium, they’re an investment for a better home. These won’t just be enjoyed by you, but also any future homeowners who take up your dwelling, too. In the end, it’s all about the value.