Besides making life at home a lot more pleasant and easier, a kitchen remodel is a home improvement project from which one can expect high returns on investment. Let us look at the important areas to be covered during a kitchen remodel.
Staying within the kitchen’s existing ‘footprint’ will save a lot of money. It means not altering the position of the existing plumbing, electrical and gas lines. Don't forget though, if your excisting systems are not up-to-date, you will need to invest in the necessary upgrades.
If you are looking at selling your home in the future, a home inspection may reveal that your existing electrical, plumbing and/or gas lines are outdated, and you may have to carry out the necessary upgrades or compensate the buyer by reducing the selling price. Therefore, it is always better to upgrade the electrical, plumbing and gas lines during a kitchen remodel, much before selling your home.
The second area to cover would be the cabinets. If the existing cabinets are in satisfactory working order, all you may need to do is repaint them and replace the hardware. You may be suprised at the cost of replacement cabinets, they a great return on investment.
Take a good look at your countertops – depending on the condition you may have to choose between refreshing and replacement. Make sure the colour of the backsplash complements the cabinets.
Changing the kitchen taps is also important – you will find new models which not only look trendy, but also come with enhanced functionality.
Flooring is an important area to be covered during a kitchen remodel. Preparing food in the kitchen may require you to stand for a long time, So consider flooring that acts as a cushion for your feet while being resistant to stains. Examples include ceramic tile, cork and cushion linoleum.
Another area to look at is your appliances. If you look through the latest kitchen appliances available today, you might see a few that you could really use in your kitchen – use these to replace the outdated appliances, and take care to invest in energy-efficient kitchen appliances, today most people prefer stainless steel.
The layout is extremely important and a kitchen remodel is a great opportunity to improve your kitchen’s layout. Today the trend is towards open floor plans. If your kitchen seems a little too cramped, just moving a doorway or bringing down a wall could open the kitchen right out.