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by Dianna Ranere

Value-Boosting Renovations For The Kitchen


Any real estate agent will be able to tell you that there are two rooms, above all else, that contribute to the value of the home: the kitchen and the bathroom. This time, we’re going to be looking more closely at the kitchen. We’re going to look beyond the general upgrades that can enhance it to your own needs, however, we’re going to look at where you should really be looking if you’re aiming to make renovations that generate some value.

A kitchen renovation is a big project and you want to make sure that your money is well-spent. As such, here are some of the choices that will net you the best return on investment.

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Create a better-suited look

Let’s start with the aesthetic side of things, first and foremost. Now, which visuals work best for you in your kitchen when it comes to things like floor tiles, cabinetry, and the like is largely a matter of opinion. However, making sure that your preferred look matches the size, placement, and lighting in the room is crucial, as well. For instance, if you want a more modern looking kitchen, you don’t want to have to design around more old-fashioned housing fixtures or vice versa. When you’re aiming at a specific look, ask if there are any features about your kitchen that might be in the way of it. When it comes to old-fashioned fixtures in old homes, however, there are ways to hide them if that might help.

 

Add more space

When it comes to adding real value, there is no choice that will make more of a difference in your wallet than real livable space. Adding an extension to your kitchen is undeniably going to bring additional value, not to mention opening room for a much grander renovation project. Of course, this does mean a much grander cost to come with it, so be wary and make sure you’ve got the budget to complete and follow up on any extension.

 

Make better use of the space

Aside from adding more space, you should also consider how that space is used in day-to-day life. If you feel like your kitchen isn’t exactly well-organized to make it easier to prepare meals, clean, and generally use it, then there may some changes and rearrangements you could make. Moving the cabinetry and appliances isn’t always going to be cheap, but there is real value to be found in trying to create the perfect kitchen triangle, when there is a straight line from the sink to the fridge, from the fridge to the meal prep area, and from the meal prep area to the sink. Adding an island to the mix, if you have the room to it, can be a real value boost, too.

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Invest in better surfaces

Much of the practicality of the workspace in the kitchen comes down to not just the layout, but the materials used in the space as well. When compared to others like wood or tiles, granite countertops cost more on average but, aside from looking gorgeous, they’re a highly practical choice. They’re long-lasting and, with the right finish, highly resilient against heat, stains, scratches, and more. The right choice of countertop surface materials ticks all the boxes, translating to real value.

 

Light it up

Lighting is of great importance in the kitchen and it’s one of the easiest things to spot when it’s “missing,” too. If you have trouble with your visibility when trying to cook or clean, then you could use additional lighting. An easy add that can bring some value is to add recessed lights on the underside of the cupboards above workspaces, for instance.

 

A touch of luxury

All of the above choices are typically going to add value because they’re not only aesthetically pleasing but they also have some real practical use in your day-to-day living. While you don’t want luxury options to eat up most of your budget, that doesn’t mean that you can’t splash a little cash on a touch of opulence here and there. Making a feature out of a marble portion at the end of the kitchen counter, for instance, can spice up that look just enough to make it look luxurious without throwing too much of your budget at the unnecessary.

The above renovations are going to be some of the most reliable options when it comes to adding real value to your kitchen. Of course, you should consider more than just the monetary side of things and be sure you’re making choices that suit your needs, too.