The kitchen is the heart of the home. We have said this before and we still believe it so. We spend large amounts of time in there simply for cooking food. It is only natural for us to feel tense at the thought of a kitchen renovation! New ideas can be challenging, especially if you’re doing this to increase your home value. Before you make any vast decisions, be sure to carry out a cost-benefit analysis.
Planning a Kitchen Renovation to Increase your Home Value
Renovations could be a big waste of time if you don’t bother planning for them. When planning a kitchen renovation, there is something to keep in mind. The cost of the renovation could be recouped when the time comes to sell up. This is because people are always looking for the best deal for the money they’re willing to spend. Spending a few pounds here and there to give your old kitchen new life could do wonders to your home value. Here is everything you will need to know before planning your kitchen renovation.
The design is the most important part of your whole renovation plan. You cannot go to the same store and purchase things at random. You need to know what needs replacing or fixing up. For the best design, having a professional kitchen specialist by your side should be considered. You can use the internet to show them a selection of design ideas that have inspired you. From there, they can help put together a functional and stylish design.
Though you may consider leaving out the idea of new flooring when renovating your kitchen. However, this can give a dull image. These days, flooring is affordable, low maintenance and durable. There are many options in the market for you to choose from. We have even put together a handy guide for choosing flooring for your contemporary kitchen.
Lighting is Everything
Your kitchen is going to need that extra “oomph” if you want your home value to increase. Dark spaces are not attractive! When placed in the right way, lighting can make a huge difference. You don’t need to be an expert if you have a kitchen design specialist by your side. You can always look around and keep an eye on sales so that you save money on this aspect. Currently trending are pendant lights above centre counters and small lights pointed towards cooking areas. You can also achieve a rich, yet not so heavy, look by adding extra lighting below the cabinets.
Marble kitchen countertops are the most popular option for most homeowners. However, there are so many wonderful contemporary options for you to choose from! Colours, textures and materials can leave you spoiled for choice! Whether you want something low maintenance and resistant to staining, or something luxurious, the list is endless. The countertops alone are enough to make your kitchen look completely different! Just remember to consider the overall theme you are looking to achieve.
Organisers are the best way to increase the value of your home. It’s a small investment that can have a large payoff. These can vary in quality and price as materials can differ, but they all work in the same way. If you’re feeling really crafty, you can make them yourself! If not, you can always speak to your kitchen design specialist about the storage solutions they can offer.
Remember when we spoke about alternatives for upper cabinets? Open shelves is just one of many ways in which you can make a small kitchen look bigger. Talk to your kitchen design specialist to see what they suggest if you choose to go down this route.
Backsplashes are a smart way to protect your wall from water splashes. They’re nice to look at and keep your kitchen looking fresh and modern. They are often rather affordable and can certainly give your home more value. They also prevent your paint from getting damp. By installing backsplashes, you could save time and money from repainting certain parts of your kitchen wall. There are many options to choose form, but classic white is a popular option.
Fittings and Fixtures
Taps and pipes must always be of good quality. If not, any malfunctions could have a negative affect on the value of your home. Low-quality taps and pipes would allow water to leak. This would then seep through the walls, resulting in hefty investments to repair. Invest in the best quality and classic designs.
Make way for Natural Light
Natural light is a great way to give the illusion of a larger space. You can place small edible plants in your kitchen such as herbs, mint, chilli peppers or lemon. You can also use blinds to keep natural light at bay when not needed.
Talk to Euan Begg Kitchens and Bedrooms
As you can see, there are many elements to how you can increase your home value with a kitchen renovation. If you’re still not sure if this is the right move for you, then don’t worry. Euan Begg Kitchens and Bedrooms are here to offer a free home design visit, with no obligation to make a final decision. We can take a look at your current kitchen environment to determine what changes you could be making to improve the style and efficiency. Get in touch to find out more.