When it comes to renovating with the intent of increasing property value, the best place you can spend your money is in the kitchen so here are 5 kitchen remodeling trends that are increasing property value. Whether buyers are amateur chefs or microwave masters, families spend huge amounts of time in the kitchen, and most people see this space as the heart of the home. If you are planning to improve your property and are strategize your renovations to maximize return-on-investment value, the kitchen is the best place to start. The following are five kitchen remodeling trends that are increasing property value.
5 Kitchen Remodeling Trends That Are Increasing Property Value
Synthetic Countertop Installation
When it comes to renovating the kitchen to make it more functional and aesthetically pleasing, new countertops are where it’s at. There are so many more options of countertop styles, looks, colors, textures, designs and materials than ever before. The battle of quartz vs marble countertops is one of the most difficult decisions you may make when remodeling a kitchen, laundry room, or bathroom. While natural stones like marble and granite have their charm and benefits, engineered quartz and other synthetic stone materials are custom-designed with your stylistic preferences in mind and are truly built to last. These new, innovative surfaces are non-porous, which essentially says “maintenance-free”, and they can be much more easily repaired or replaced than natural stone. It’s no wonder why synthetic and solid surface countertops have been steadily growing in popularity.
Another huge trend in the world of home decor and kitchen renovations is the inclusion of a unique and personalized panel, beam, or wall to accent a kitchen. Hot on the heals of the DIY generation is the trend of using reclaimed building materials as wall paneling to increase warmth, appeal, and visual interest.
Decorative wood features such as shiplap, faux wood beams, wainscotting, or reclaimed hardwood was first made popular by the modern ‘farmhouse’ trend. Now, even modern and contemporary homes are sprucing up their kitchens with some unique, sturdy, and natural wooden features.
A big trend in kitchen renos is also about being sustainable and environmentally friendly: painting kitchen cabinets, rather than replacing them. Many people move into a property to find high-end high-quality kitchen cabinets that simply need an update. Rather than replacing them entirely, many homeowners are making the choice to repaint them. This is a much more affordable alternative and, oftentimes, is all the cabinets really need. Painting kitchen cabinets give a new and revitalized look to a kitchen and is an affordable renovation that can pay off big when it comes to reselling the home.
Pro tip: use the two-tone look where the upper cabinets are done in one color and the lowers are painted in another. This is a great trick for smaller kitchens as painting the uppers white and lowers a darker hue creates an airy and open feel that makes the space feel larger than it actually is.
While there still remains, and likely always will be, a firm place for plain white subway tiles in the world of kitchen decor, blingy-looking tile backsplashes have emerged as a kitchen renovation that makes a big impact by adding a lot of character and whimsy to the space. From sparkly glass or metallic tiles to bright colors and bold patterns, decorative backsplashes are a huge trend in kitchen decor that will remain a very practical investment.
Adding a Kitchen Island
If you have the space to install a kitchen island, it is a worthy project to take on. Not only does an island add functionality to the space, it also provides a nice gathering point around which the rest of the kitchen revolves. Many homeowners choose to add islands with additional storage underneath, which makes it an even more appealing and practical installation.
If you are planning on upgrading your kitchen for personal use or financial gain, remember that it is always a good idea to hire a professional with sufficient experience. Most importantly, though, remember to have fun and get excited about turning your visualization into reality!
Mandy Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.
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