Kitchen Renovations - A Good Way To Upgrade Your Property Value
Historically kitchens have been the heart of the family home. In the modern world we aren’t as apt to spend as much time in those kitchens. Still, mornings are often punctuated by family members popping in and out before heading off for school and work. And then there’s the weekends when the aroma of sizzling bacon entices the late sleepers out of bed. Grandma’s old fashioned family roast slowly cooks to perfection while the kids try their hand at baking chocolate chip cookies. Kitchens still are family gathering places.
Today’s modern cooks want more than their forebears. The sale of a home, no matter how spectacular, often comes down to what’s in the kitchen. High quality appliances are in demand. Stainless steel will usually do but the ultimate today is brushed copper. Granite countertops, once found in only upscale properties, are a must. Most buyers prefer an open floor-plan; it makes for one large entertainment space and the cook doesn’t feel isolated. Having the kitchen separate from the front entryway is a big plus.
Pantries are in, especially if they connect with the garage and the kitchen. The groceries go direct from car to shelf without a tour of the house. Gas stoves are seeing a resurgence, even though installing them is usually more expensive. Hood fans are a must. Decorated hood fans are better. Both help eliminate cooking odours. Island kitchens are also catching on. These work best in a large kitchen so you don’t feel wedged between the island and the counter-tops. If you can manage one that can double as a buffet table or entertainment space, that’s even better.
Kitchen lighting is also getting creative. Colors are in, as are ambient and accent lighting fixtures, preferably with dimmer switches. Let natural light in with a strategically placed skylight. Floor to ceiling cabinets and lots of drawer space also help make the most discerning cook smile.
If you are considering a kitchen renovation, all of the suggestions listed above will add to your home’s value and make your living space more enjoyable. On the other hand, adding a wine rack won’t increase a home’s value. If you want one, add it for your own enjoyment.
Be sure not to overcrowd your kitchen space. Make sure you can easily open your appliances without hitting the island or anything else. Two people in a kitchen should not feel like a crowd. If you decide you must have a second sink in that island, be sure you keep it clean. One sink full of dirty dishes is enough, perhaps even too much.