The home improvement market continues to heat up, with more people remodeling their homes to increase value and improve curb appeal. People usually start by remodeling their kitchen. The kitchen is often the most visible part of the home—the place where family members and friends gather to prepare food, talk and eat.
A kitchen remodel can greatly increase the value of your home, but you don’t want to be in such a hurry to get it done that you make mistakes in the process. Some people will skimp on various facets of the remodel in the interest of efficiency or cost-saving. Don’t overlook these key aspects of your kitchen makeover:
- Quality cabinetry – Quality cabinetry is a significant investment. Many people prefer cheaper options because they want to spend on other things such as high-end fixtures and appliances. Skimping on cabinetry will not save you money, though, if you have to replace it in just a few years.
- Backsplash – This is critical for the kitchen’s aesthetics. It’s worth spending a little bit extra on the backsplash to elevate the overall look of your kitchen.
- Appliances – Base your appliance choices on your family’s needs. There is no point in selecting the fanciest options if your family won’t benefit from all of their bells and whistles. Let form follow function here.
- Lighting – Many kitchen renovations focus on countertops, cabinetry, fixtures, and appliances but neglect kitchen lighting. You will want adequate light to allow your guests to enjoy the updated features. Neglecting your lighting will keep your kitchen update from sparkling.
- Flooring – This is the foundation of your kitchen. Many kitchen renovations focus on everything else but the flooring. Even if the rest of your kitchen is beautiful, a beat up floor will detract.