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Kitchen Renovation Trends: Expand Your Social Space

Kitchen Renovation Trends: Expand Your Social Space

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October 26, 2010

Kitchen remodeling and expansion can be an intimidating mission. By opening up a wall to create a counter or island, you create more space for family while adding value to your home. Kitchen remodeling returns approximately 89 percent on your investment. A survey done by the American Institute for Architects shows that homeowners and potential buyers desire larger informal living spaces.

Like any home project, kitchen remodeling requires a budget. Know your needs versus your wants before contacting your local contractor. Have your design in mind. Research local kitchen contractors to make sure they are reputable and licensed. Also, get at least three estimates on kitchen renovation before you hire a contractor. These experts can help with any structural or design issues and estimate the cost of kitchen renovation before construction begins.

Adapting Your Remodeling Budget

Kitchen islands are becoming popular for additional workspace or a casual bar area. Adding a sink or counter-top range to a peninsula makes a one-stop spot for meal preparation. Consider building a "floating" island for easier access to appliances. The island frees up wall space and separates the work and dining areas.

You can get away with a do-it-yourself kitchen facelift for $1000 to $3000. Of course, the cost depends on material selection, size of space, and amount of cabinet space.

Money-saving Tips

  • Repaint or reface cabinets
  • Reuse fixtures, including faucets and lights
  • Use own labor resources, if available, for demolition, painting, etc.
  • Reuse existing kitchen appliances

Latest Kitchen Upgrade Trends

More drawer space is more appealing to buyers than more cabinets. Drawers implement easy-to-reach storage rather than reaching and bending for over-head and bottom cabinets. As a kitchen remodel investment, natural stone countertops are now very popular. Granite is the top choice, but is a high-maintenance material, needing regular resealing. Quartz, on the other hand, is durable and sanitary but also more expensive.

Green building is on the rise for environmental and economical reasons. If you're replacing your appliances during kitchen renovation, take the opportunity to convert to more energy-efficient models. There are recycled building products available. Comfy booth areas also save space by eliminating a kitchen table. The bench seats allow for more seating and if placed near a window, a perfect reading nook.

The kitchen is the social hub of any home. By hiring a contractor for your kitchen remodeling, you can increase the value of your home while creating a casual environment for all family members to enjoy.

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