Of the many remodeling projects that you can do to improve your home's value, kitchen upgrades still have a high return on your investment. Potential buyers tend to overestimate the work you put into remodeling the kitchen and are relieved that it's something they won't have to do. When you're ready to sell you home, consider these kitchen projects to improve the chances of getting your asking price.
If your cabinets are still in good shape, you can strip and refinish them. Add new hinges, handles and pulls, and the cabinets will look like new. If the cabinet doors are warped or the veneer is pulling away in places, consider replacing them. Visit the cabinet dealers in your area to find units that match the rest of your kitchen's decor. Solid hardwood cabinets give your kitchen a look of permanence, more so than the softer woods, such as pine.
If your kitchen has undergone many remodeling efforts, you may need to look at custom-made cabinets. Pre-made cabinets may no longer fit easily into the kitchen without doing additional construction work.
The countertops and work surfaces are another good remodeling project to upgrade a kitchen. Replace old laminated countertops with one of the newer materials. Granite countertops contrast with the hardwood cabinets to give the kitchen a warm, welcoming feel. Composite countertops can be made to look like a variety of natural stone, including marble, at a lower cost. Concrete surfaces can be poured and molded into unique shapes, unlike rigid countertop materials. The concrete can also be tinted and polished to look like natural stone.
If you have an island in the kitchen, to reduce the remodeling costs, install a granite countertop on the island and use composite countertops elsewhere. The island will become the focus of attention when people walk into the kitchen, and the other surfaces will get less notice.
Replace old vinyl flooring with a newer material to brighten the kitchen. Ceramic or stone tiles come in a variety of colors, sizes and shapes to match your decor. Match the tile color and texture with the new countertops you selected. The tile floor can be sealed and polished to a high shine or left with a matte appearance. Concrete floors can be poured and tinted to look like natural stone. Stencils can be used on the concrete to create the look of individual tiles. Contrasting color tint is applied to the lines made in the concrete to look like grout, emphasizing the look.
Use a mixture of lighting types in the kitchen. A new bright overhead light fixture is useful when overall lighting is needed or when cleaning the kitchen. Place halogen spotlights over work surfaces to help with food preparation. Strips of white LEDs can be used behind translucent countertop splash panels and above and below kitchen cabinets to give the space a warm glow when the overhead and work lights are turned off.
For more information, contact CFA Cabinetry or a similar location.