Remodeling is for those of us that realized moving right now isn’t an option. Which means, pretty much everybody that lives in the United States and most of Western Europe. Outside of the bathroom, the kitchen is the best room to remodel.
Why? Well, because you’ll notice it. After all, if you’re like me, when you’re not sleeping you probably like to eat.
Beyond that, guests usually see the kitchen more than any other room. Throw the right kitchen remodeling ideas into action, and you’re friends will be at least a bit jealous. Guaranteed. Not that I know from personal experience…
And one more benefit, if you’re not sold already, is this: in terms of dollar-for-dollar equity creation no remodeling project gives you a better ROI than the kitchen. When we can start selling our houses again, you’ll be glad you renovated the kitchen instead of, say, the attic.
So, where do you start? Well, swapping out the appliances is usually a safe bet. Your appliances add life and color to the kitchen. It’s also one of the most noticeable changes you can make outside of a brand new layout.
Keep in mind that appliances can be expensive. But we’re here to make a home, right? Tally up how much the dream kitchen is worth to you, and then set aside a realistic budget just for new appliances.
Next up comes the countertops. These are the workhorses of the kitchen, and since you’ll be spending the bulk of your time in the kitchen behind one of these you shouldn’t skimp on them.
The options for countertop materials are endless: stainless steel, ceramic tiles, marble and marble imitations, granite and granite imitations… the list goes wide as the day is long.
The trick is to find a material that fits your budget, but won’t need to be replaced by this time next year. Concrete marble imitations are usually a safe bet, along with higher quality stainless steel.
Third on our list are our cabinets. Personally, I prefer cabinets to be durable and I let the countertops carry the “style” of the kitchen. With that said, leaving up dingy cabinets from 1818 simply because they’re durable isn’t the way to go. At the very least, switch out the cabinet knobs to give the space new life. Obviously, if you got the cash completely switching out the cabinets can do wonders.
We’ll conclude this article by discussing the flooring. I highly suggest ceramic tile, even though there’s been a trend towards hardwood in the kitchen. But that’s just because me and my family are sloppy chefs and drop all kinds of liquids on the floor. Hardwood is our archenemy. Plus, you have more color and styling flexibility with ceramic tiles.
But it might just be me.
That’s it for now. We’ll be discussing other, more advanced kitchen remodeling ideas in the near future. If you have a topic in specific you want to read about, drop me a comment below.