Of all the home updating that takes place each year, kitchen remodels continuously make the list. From freshening up the paint, installing new cabinets, and upgrading appliances, kitchens offer the perfect canvas for personalizing your home.
When considering making a change, many homeowners keep in mind that they may someday market their home for sale. Kitchen remodels historically provide a significant return on investment, but you shouldn’t lose sight of functionality as you create your new design. Make sure your kitchen works for you by answering the following questions before you invest in the project:
· Are you gourmet? If you spend a lot of time in your kitchen preparing gourmet meals, plan for plenty of counter and storage space, as well as extra electrical outlets.
· Is defrosting your style? If you don’t have the time or inclination to cook elaborate meals on a regular basis, you’ll need plenty of pantry space to store the packaged foods needed to whip up quick meals. You need less surface area, but you’ll definitely want enough space for a microwave oven.
· Is your family still at home? Family and friends are more apt to congregate around open kitchens. And, they’re more likely to help if the kitchen has a counter separation from the dining area. If your kids have moved out, you may need less space for socializing.
· How big will it be? If your new kitchen will be much larger, you may want to include an eating space. If so, use a counter to separate the dining area from the kitchen so you still have an open, inviting atmosphere, along with separate work and eating areas.
Don’t fall prey to a designer’s vision that doesn’t match your own. You have to live with your new kitchen, so make sure it's exactly what you want. If you seek financing for a remodel or a new home purchase—or you know someone who does—please allow me to put my expertise to work for you. Call today to set up a consultation so we can discuss the possibilities.