Improving Your Kitchen



The Kitchen is the heart of the home. As we all know the kitchen is more than just a room that we cook and store our food in. It’s the workhorse room that everyone at some point during the day spends time in.

With a room that sees such a high volume of traffic, the appearance of the kitchen is almost as important as the functionality that it serves. So important, that based on House and Home surveys nearly one-third of the 170,000 respondents reportedly remodeled their kitchens in 2014.

Even millennials are tackling the most popular interior project along with their parents the baby boomers. Spending an average of $26,000 to complete major kitchen upgrades, the boomers spent on average $45,000 on remodeling the kitchen.

Spending big money on kitchen upgrades and remodeling isn’t always the most necessary step. Simple, inexpensive fixes can work just as well to create a new profile of the kitchen you are remodeling.

Before tearing down the walls, start by organizing the cabinets. Drawers and other areas that can get cluttered easily can easily take on new life by simple reorganizing. The next step is to determine your budget and come up with a remodeling plan. Part of the plan is to evaluate what still is functional, and won’t need to be replaced.

Cabinets can be a very expensive component of a remodel, going for almost $15,000, even for a small kitchen. But assuming the current cabinets aren’t damaged beyond repair, a good “facelift” to the cabinets can be just as effective with transforming a room. A even more cost effective tactic is as simple as throwing some paint on the cabinets to give them an even fresher new look, or just swap out the doors with new ones. Swapping out the doors and keeping the cabinet frame will save you thousands, and give the room a new look.

Countertops can cost over $2,000 for the average home, but for closer to $500 you can have them professionally refinished and resealed. The same goes for floors as well. Replacing tile floors can cost a fortune, but having the pros clean and reseal the tiles can be cost effective, and really transform a room. Once again, falling into restoring what you have.

The biggest and easiest quick fix is simply adding a colorful backsplash to the surrounding walls. A little color will make things “pop”, and can really change the mood of any room. Color and brightness will transform a room, and homeowners shouldn’t shy away from putting bright non-traditional colors into their kitchen.

Kitchen remodeling shouldn’t be an expensive remodel. Homeowners shouldn’t shy away from inexpensive kitchen remodeling ideas. Getting creative and sometimes just fixing up what you already have is all you need.

Good Home Improvement Ideas

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With more people staying put in their homes, making home improvements is essential. While many home improvement projects won’t add value to your home, there are some projects that can add significant value to your home. Which projects should you invest in? Here are some tips for home improvement projects that can increase the value of your home.

Remodeling the Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home and updates in this room can pay off. Statistically, you can expect a recoup of 60%-120% of your investment on a kitchen remodel, as long you don’t go overboard on it. A key factor being, never make your kitchen fancier than the rest of your house or neighborhood.

Getting the biggest bang for your buck on a kitchen remodel is by looking at a color. Fresh paint, can give a kitchen a modern look, and provide a quick cheap facelift to the room. Another upgrade to consider is, replacing old appliances with energy-efficient models. Not only are they upgrades, but because they are better for the environment and they save energy, meaning they save you money.

Reinventing a Room

Taking what you have already, and turning it intoto something great. can be a major upgrade to the whole house, and can also save you money as well. Finishing a basement, converting an attic to a bedroom, or taking that a step further and converting a garage into a bedroom.

Converting a basement into a second living room or a game room can be a great idea, even turning it into a small apartment to rent or our have a family member in there, can make the space useful. Same goes for an attic space, it the attic has high ceilings, turning it in a game room for your kids or a craft room for yourself could be a great idea.

Adding a Deck

Adding a deck increases the value of a home, and is more desirable to have outdoor options to enjoy your home. Cost wise, everything is dependant on how size, how many accessories do you want to have, such as a built-in seating, multiple stairs, grills, and so on.

Doing the work yourself can save a huge chunk of money with building a deck, but the construction isn’t easy. If you decide to go the route of hiring a contractor, shop around before you choose someone to work with. Make sure you get at least three quotes from the contractors you interview. Doing your homework to make sure you’re not getting scammed is another crucial element, to insure you’re getting a contractor you can trust.

Basic Updates

As simple as it sounds, basic updates, add the the most value to your home. Things as simple as keeping the paint fresh, making basic repairs, and replacing rotting wood. Not only are these chores that can keep your home for deteriorating over time, but routine maintenance is something that buyers are always looking for.

There’s many options for projects you can do around the house, whether you are looking to sell or just improve your home there’s plenty of options for projects. If you are planning on a total remodel, concentrate your efforts on smaller projects that can make your home more appealing to you and potential buyers.