It’s no secret that one of the most important features in a home is the kitchen. The kitchen is that magical space where impromptu gatherings take place, where stories are shared over coffee, and where culinary delights are given life. More than just a functional space, the kitchen is the social hub and the heart of the home. From a real estate perspective, it’s a well-known fact that it holds crucial importance as a selling feature. In fact, it’s not unusual to hear realtors say that kitchens sell homes. Today’s home buyers, therefore, have very high expectations when it comes to kitchens, and a modern kitchen with tons of wow factor, can add significant value to a home.
Having said that, if you’re considering renovating your kitchen, before you start planning, you should consider the market and neighbourhood in your home is in and decide whether a low-, medium-, or high-end kitchen renovation makes the most sense. The cost of a full kitchen reno can run the gamut from a few thousand dollars for a simple cabinet reface and hardware upgrade, to tens of thousands of dollars if you’re installing custom cabinetry, fancy stone countertops and high-end appliances. Knowing your market and neighborhood will help to keep you from overspending – you may not get your investment back installing a $100K kitchen in your 2-bedroom starter home. On the other end of the scale, you also don’t want to underspend – laminate faux-wood countertops in your multi-million-dollar mansion is an equally incongruous mistake. Do some research and once you’ve decided on a price point, stick to your budget.
When it comes to planning, keep these points in mind:
- Think function first.
- Choose an appropriate size island.
- Countertops and backsplashes should complement your design and theme.
- Install sufficient outlets.
- Don’t mix ‘n match appliances.
- Base your colour palette on your kitchen’s size:
- Don’t Skimp on Hardware
Get the best possible hardware for the finishing touch. A modern designer series faucet with a pull-down spray head merges a strong design statement with functionality. Similarly, cabinet knobs and handles are an extremely important design feature, and the style that you pick can really impact the overall feel of your kitchen.
Stick to one consistent finish throughout – such as satin, chrome, or bronze for example – and choose hardware that completements your décor and architectural style.
The importance of the kitchen to home buyers cannot be overemphasized – it is the go-to space for everyone; it is the room where ingredients are transformed into favourite culinary delights that nourish the bodies, minds and souls of family and friends and where countless good times are shared and memories made. Given the importance of this space to everyday family life, its ability to provide a complete experience and potentially increase the value of home, your kitchen reno should be well thought out and researched.