Summer is the outdoor celebration season. Is your kitchen ready to be the life of the party? Weddings, graduations, new arrivals and summer holidays come fast and furious over the next few months, followed by even more holiday gatherings.
Adding an outdoor kitchen or renovating your main kitchen space into a multi-function open area that is the heart and soul of the home ensures that your house is always ready for a celebration, no matter when.
The kitchen should be a top priority if you have a limited remodeling budget.
Kitchens and baths are the areas in a home “where you can tell if money has been well spent or not,” says architect Steve Straughan, a partner in Los Angeles-based KAA Design Group. “They’re the most expensive areas of the home in terms of construction. And they’re where people spend time in their homes.”
According to the Remodeling Magazine 2012-13 Cost vs. Value Report, the national average cost for a high-end kitchen makeover was $53,931. And that cost will change according to the materials you choose.
According to Remodeling Magazine, “a properly remodeled kitchen can return about 75 cents on every dollar spent. A kitchen remodel gives you one of the highest returns you can get on any remodeling project.”
So exactly what should you improve when you remodel your kitchen? Think about maximizing your workflow while enhancing the overall appearance.
Kitchens that are the centerpiece of the home are the most popular with home buyers. Include kitchen islands that provide space for entertaining friends and family while food is being prepared, or for chatting with the kids after school. Depending on your budget and housing market, you may also want to include a kitchen island cooktop, commercial-grade appliances and recreational upgrades such as a pizza oven. Create a kitchen space where everyone wants to gather.
Standard kitchen remodels should include tall wood cabinets that reach to the ceiling, stone or solid surface counters such as quartz or corian and most importantly, accessible storage solutions such as pull out shelving, pantry built-ins, and and under-cabinet LED lighting . Floors should be natural wood or stone.
If you know your kitchen needs an overhaul, but you’d like a fast fix to start celebration season off with a bang, you should spend your money remodeling in a way that you’ll most enjoy. Instant upgrades such as new backsplash, paint or flooring can update your kitchen’s look without breaking the bank.
Call us today for a free consultation to get your kitchen celebration ready or stop into our Kitchen and Bath Showroom at 1410 Pine Ridge Road in Naples, Florida today.