Upgrade Your Countertops

Granite is still the most popular “in trend” product to use when replacing your boring, white tile counters, but you should also consider other stones products that are just as beautiful, if not more. Granite is popular because it is extremely durable and requires little maintenance, in addition to adding elegance to any kitchen remodel. You might consider a quartz surface such as Cambria and Silestone which is quickly becoming more popular. Because it’s man-made, it always has even color distribution throughout the slab and is less porous than granite, so it will never need to be re-sealed after installation.

Create a Great Room

Many home buyers are in the market for an open kitchen/great room space.If you have a wall separating your kitchen from your living space, consider removing it and adding an island instead.Make sure to remember to check with your home remodeling company to make sure it is not a structural wall supporting your roof (uou don’t want the second story crashing down on your family pizza night). This is a great way to add value to your family’s home for the future, while creating a fun, entertaining environment for next weekend’s game night.

 

Replace Old Appliances

If your appliances are more than 10 years old, consider buying new ones that use less energy.The energy efficient appliances cost a little more upfront, but the money you save on energy bills in the long run more than makes up for the initial price difference.Likewise, environment-friendly water heaters and furnaces pay back the cost after a few years of service and will continue to be good for your pocketbook for years to come.

 
Change the Backsplash

Look at this picture.What stands out the most to you?The counter or the backsplash? Add personality to your kitchen remodel with a new backsplash.These days the choices are limitless for knockout decorative pieces in glass or metal, or install a crisp subway ceramic tile pattern if you’re on a budget.Try to select backsplash materials that compliment your kitchen cabinetry.

 
It’s the Little Things

If you’re not quite ready to do a full kitchen remodel, start with updating small items that pack a big punch. Modernize the hardware on your kitchen cabinets.This can immediately spruce up dull kitchen cabinets that you aren’t ready to part with. Another option is to switch out old light fixtures.This can instantly brighten up the room, but remember to consider if the fixture is shedding light up or down. You need bright ceilings in order for the up lighting to reflect back down on your workspace.