Making the Most of Your Investment
Whether you choose to buy, sell or stay in your current home, homeowners have to maintain their property the best they can to hopefully grow their investment. Homeowners are investing into kitchen remodeling to enjoy for themselves but also to invest for a future home sale. Here are 5 top trends when considering a kitchen remodel.
Will I Keep My Cabinets or Replace Them?
The budget for a kitchen remodel varies depending on what the homeowner wants to achieve. If your kitchen cabinets are in great condition, consider Refinishing your cabinets instead of opting for replacing them. Using a Cabinet Refinishing company will give you more long lasting and durable results instead of using a “Cabinet Refacing” company. Refacing companies use “veneers” which is plastic for your doors and drawers. Overtime it’s not durable, heat sensitive and will buckle and bubble. In most cases refacing the inside cabinet doors and drawers are left in its original state. A proper Refinishing process will be used on the inside and outside of cabinets and drawers. Make sure that doors and drawers are removed, thoroughly sanded along with the cabinet boxes, primed, refinished and sealed with a proper top coat. Many painters will use oil or latex paint and not use proper refinishing techniques causing cabinets to peel, crack and fade within a year or two.
Updating Can Be Done For a Fraction of the Cost
If your cabinets are in good condition refinishing them will cost less than replacing them. Adding new doors and drawers will make the kitchen updated instantly. Metro-Atlanta homeowners tend to have traditional style homes. Mitered doors and drawers with a flat front are the trending style of kitchen cabinetry. Decide if you want to include some glass front cabinets that light up to display cherished accessories or dishes. Remember the details such as adding side panels to end caps of cabinets and on the back side of peninsulas and islands to provide a clean, finished look. Adding trim work such as crown molding with a rope trim, light rail trim under your cabinet doors, decorative legs around islands or stoves is like jewelry for your kitchen. These provide a final touch that will make your kitchen standout. Adding some embellishments to refinished cabinets can still be affordable.
Trends in Countertops
If you have laminate or solid surface countertops such as Corian, consider updating them to Granite or another type of stone. Granite prices have dramatically reduced in price, making this a cost-effective investment for your kitchen. Homeowners looking to purchase a home are looking for Granite. Make sure to use a reputable countertop company that hides seams well, and provides superior service long with a great selection of stone to choose from.
Storage Features Trend Big in Today’s Kitchens
Homeowners can never have enough storage especially in the kitchen. Today’s remodels are including storage features such as: pull out drawers in a built in pantry, spice cabinets, pull out trash bins, pot and pan drawers, and small appliance drawers. Adding deep drawers under your countertops allow for better organization and can store a lot more than many cabinets. It’s important to use all space available and include ample storage.
Updated Appliances are Key
Stainless steel appliances are still the hot trend for kitchens. The clean look of stainless steel is “transitional” and works with almost any cabinet refinish color, and countertop selection. It is important to remember to purchase appliances that fit within your budget but also fit the price point of your home. Another trend is to install a microwave drawer under your countertops or in an island. Wall ovens and cooktops are still big for a traditional home instead of a standalone range. Stainless steel appliances are easy to clean and provide additional shine to brighten kitchens.
Jenna Hill is the owner of Creative Cabinets and Faux Finishes, LLC located in Woodstock, GA. Since 2005 she has successfully helped homeowners design, and refinish kitchens, bathrooms, bookcases and fireplaces. Jenna knows the art of cabinet refinishing and provides design and consultation for clients with a variety of budgets. Creative Cabinets and Faux Finishes, LLC is a women owned and operated company. We are an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau and a winner of “Best of Houzz 2013” for Atlanta kitchen and design. Follow us on Facebook, Houzz and Pinterest for more inspiration. Call us for an appointment today at 770-693-1896.