Having the most potential to hold resale value, your kitchen is probably the single most valuable asset in your home. It is also the most highly utilized space.
Unfortunately, it stubbornly refuses to be subtle in displaying the age and quality of life in your home. There is a relatively simple fix however.
Taking it one step at a time, BBG's short list can include new flooring, countertops, appliances, and possibly new cabinet doors. That wasn't so hard, was it? And the good news is you'll have a lot of fun choosing what you want your new kitchen to look like. Take a tour of BBG's kitchen photos to see what catches your eye!
Cabinets: Consider re-facing or repainting your cabinets instead of a new layout, which can cost thousands. Re-facing involves replacing the old doors and drawers and with a new, updated style. New hardware like drawer pulls and cabinet pulls can show your personal style.
Appliances: The best time to purchase appliances is in the fall but if your remodel happens to come at a different time of the year, try to hold out for any holiday weekend. Then look for an item with a scratch or dent for further savings or a floor model. If you have white cabinets, you are in for an even better deal! White appliances cost 33% less than their exact counterparts in different colors – that’s about $200.
Flooring: Tile is the perfect middle ground between the more expensive hard wood and least expensive vinyl flooring. Selecting larger tiles (16x16 or larger) cuts down on the number of tiles you need to cover the floor. For a more durable hardwood appearance, consider ceramic tile that resembles wood grain.
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Kitchen Lighting: Many homes built in the 1970s have outdated kitchen lighting that consists of one large rectangle on the ceiling containing light bulb bars behind hard plastic sheets. If this is your home, consider tossing out those plastic sheets and installing canned lighting in the space that has become a natural soffit. For an added touch of style, add crown moulding to the edges.
And it's amazing how under-cabinet lighting can add an impressive touch with the added bonus of making your food preparation easier.