5 Savvy Kitchen Remodeling Tips

remodelingFor many, the kitchen is more than just a room — it’s an epicenter for all activity in the home. That being said, not having a kitchen that suits your wants, tastes, and needs can be a major deterrent. If you find yourself relating to this, maybe it’s time for a kitchen and remodeling project.

These projects don’t only benefit you — but they increase the value of your home in the long run. For every 1,000 square feet added to a home, around 30% of the home’s sale price increases. Additionally, home remodeling projects in the kitchen typically have a return of investment (ROI) of 81.8%.

To get you started, here are some expert kitchen remodeling tips:

First and Foremost, Consider Function
Did you know that the modern day kitchen has been designed with ergonomics in mind — namely, the occupants’ comfort and efficiency levels? Because of that, kitchens have been designed with proximity, function, and ease in mind. Don’t forget or forgo this when remodeling your own kitchen! While having an aesthetically pleasing space, the beauty of your kitchen should mirror its functionality and ease of use, making it a space you want to spend more time in.

Make Your Countertops Count
Keeping ergonomics in mind, there’s nothing more frustrating than too little counter space in a kitchen. Countertops should be around 25 inches, with a slight overhang to prevent sauce and mess from dripping directly onto your lower cabinets.

Splurge on Appliances
If your oven, dishwasher, and other kitchen appliances are old or outdated, they could be adding a great deal of extra fees to your monthly utility bills and can be negatively affecting your efficiency and enjoyment in the kitchen. While it seems expensive, investing on new, energy efficient kitchen appliances will ultimately save you more in the long run.

Illuminate Your Space
Lighting is one of the most important considerations to make when remodeling your kitchen and design. Design experts recommend surface-mount fixtures attached to your ceiling on a grid. This allows the kitchen to get even more light.

Have Fun With Your Features
Once you work out functionality and essentials, it’s time to consider what extra remodeling additions would make your kitchen a more attractive and functional space. For example, home additions such as walk-in pantries, in-kitchen tables/islands, and double sinks are desirable add-ons for 84% of all homeowners.

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