Kitchen Remodel 101 What You Need to Know

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They say that when you look good, you feel good and the same can be said for your home. Minor remodeling of key areas in a house can make all the difference not only to your own enjoyment of the space, but also to your home’s value. From the installation of custom wood cabinets in the kitchen to full bathroom renovations, investing in the aesthetic of your home’s interior can pay dividends.

With an estimated 95,000 people and revenues estimated at over $20 billion annually, the more than 8,000 vanity and cabinet businesses in the United States play a valuable role in the economy. For more people looking to redo parts of their homes, two key areas are the bathroom and the kitchen. Even a minor kitchen remodeling — especially one that includes redoing the kitchen cabinets — yields retain on investment of more than 72% on average. Such minor renovations usually run at just over $19,000 according to the 2015 ?Cost vs. Value Report”. This includes all labor, new cabinet doors and drawer fronts, countertops, flooring, and appliances.

Whether you are ripping everything out and installing new custom wood cabinets or just freshening up the look of the kitchen with a coat of paint and some minor additions, a kitchen remodel can have a significant impact on quality of life. Most people (almost 80% of those surveyed in 2013) were looking to improve the look and feel of their kitchen with a remodel and the data suggests some key trends. Three-quarters of those surveyed prefer soft, neutral colors for the kitchen space, while most (65%) choose stainless steel appliances over other options. A kitchen island forms part of 61% of remodel plans and over 15% of those surveyed in a 2013 Houzz study wanted cabinets that could incorporate appliances.

Darker wood grains in custom wood cabinets can pop against neutral wall tones, while a light wood color works well with black granite countertops and black or stainless steel appliances. Splashes of color on feature walls can add interest to a kitchen, but the key is in restraint. Most importantly function should be at the center of any design or remodel, so that you know you can actually work in and with the space.

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