The heart of the home, the kitchen is often the focal point of your house. Being such an important part of your home, there is so much to consider when you decide to remodel. Do I want to keep my existing floor plan? Should I replace or reface my cabinets? Which is a more cost efficient option: granite or composite? Bosancu Construction will work directly with you to help you decide what is the best for your kitchen based on your personal needs.
A few helpful tips!
- Understand your personal needs
Do you love to cook? Do you have specific pots and pans that you use on a regular basis. Do you have a big family? A yes answer to any of these questions should inspire you to think about storage. Designing a space with lots of counter space and plenty of storage would be most efficient in this situation. Install spacious and practical cabinets that can hold all of your things.
The highest quality of kitchen cabinets are made from wood. Factory made cabinets have a smoother more durable and long lasting finish and tend to be cheaper in price. Where as custom made cabinets or solid wood cabinets can require regular maintenance and can be very expensive. Most wood cabinets are made from particle board or MDF. Cabinets that are made from a combination of MDF, particle board, plywood and real solid wood are more moisture resistant, shrink proof and generally more expensive. For example, a $25.00 cabinet is made from all MDF where a $150.00 cabinet is made from 3 different materials.
Whatever you decide cabinets come in all different colors and designs. If you like a more modern look you can go for a sleek wood cabinet painted a solid color. If you are looking for a more traditional looking kitchen, you can insert glass in the doors and show off your crystal. Cabinets over all should be in a nuetral color, not to light. Although lighter colored cabinets make your space look bigger, they show stains and dirt more easily and are harder to keep clean overall.
There are many different products out there for counter-tops. Formica, corian, other composit materials, glass, butcher-block, stainless steal, concrete, natural stones (granite, marble and limestone), and tiles. Its all about what you like and what kind of theme you are going for in your kitchen. Of course cost is a big part of your decision. Now a days, homebuyers expect granite in homes, even in less expensive homes. If looking to add resale value to you home granite is the way to go. It is incredibly durable and heat resistant unlike composite counters. Composite counter are more affordable and can look just as beautiful as a natural stone counter.
How To Add Value To Your Home
1. Get rid of the clutter! Often kitchens are full of clutter because they are the gathering area of the home. Use smart and organized storage systems that is able to accommodate all of your belongings.
2. Spruce up your cabinets! You can either paint, reface or replace your cabinets depending how old they are and what condition they are in. If they are less then 10 years old, a few coats of paint can make a kitchen look new and modern without spending a too much money.
3. Change your counter-tops! If you have an old Formica counter you can update it to a seamless natural looking composite or natural stone. Generally, a composite counter top is more cost effective, but now granite is becoming more affordable and new home buyers are expecting kitchens to have granite and natural stones as apposed to Fomica. Granite, even granite tile, is a very good investment and instantly adds resale value to your home. Also, add a backsplash. If you don’t have one or only have a piece of wood, consider a fun, decorative back-splash. This is where you can play with accent colors and make your kitchen more personable. And it’s an easy change if your style changes over they years.
4. Upgrade your fixtures! Upgrading your hardware is an easy way to give your kitchen a boost. If you are unable to replace your old cabinets, a splash of paint and new hardware is a good way to go. New modern handles and knobs can really change your kitchens appearance. Also, change your old lighting fixtures. Generally newer more modern lighting fixtures are inexpensive and can change the look of your kitchen dramatically. Tip: Add extra lighting like under the cabinet or on top of the crown. Lighting can really eccentuate your kitchen in all the right ways. Also, spend a little bit and buy a nice kitchen faucet. Small details can really make your kitchen look expensive and help add value to your home.
5. Change your appliances! This can be one of the bigger investments you make in your kitchen, but if your still rockin’ old white…or even worse cream colored appliance the investment is worth it. If you cant afford stainless, black is the next best thing. However many home buyers are looking for stainless and upgrading to nicer appliances can really up your resale value and add equity in your home.