The heart of every home is the kitchen. It’s not only the place where meals are prepared but people also naturally gravitate to it to hang out and visit during cooking and cleaning. It’s also the one thing that can make or break a sale of your home. Even if your home isn’t on the market now and you’re remodeling to please yourself, think ahead to the possibility of having to list your home one day. You don’t want to have to do another remodel or accept a lower price to get it sold. Here are a few things to consider as you’re planning your new dream kitchen.
Tip #1: Make it easy to clean. This is probably the number one thing overlooked by homeowners doing kitchen remodels. It’s easy to get pulled in by the beauty of tumbled marble or the rustic texture of brick but they aren’t easy to clean. Also, don’t paint floors or countertops. Surfaces like these that get a lot of use or traffic will show heavy wear and look very unappealing later. Find materials that will be low maintenance while still being beautiful.
Tip #2: Don’t be a cheapskate. You may think that saving money on cabinet hardware or other fixtures is a good deal but a savvy buyer will notice so buy better quality fixtures. If you are going to be redoing your countertops, do not use the counter resurfacing products or the thin marble and granite available at home improvement stores. Sure, they are cheaper, but they look cheap and everyone can tell that you skimped on the quality. Make the investment in good quality materials and go to a specialty supplier for your countertops.
Tip #3: Flood the room with natural light if possible. Bring in extra light through windows, skylights or large doors. No one wants to be in a kitchen that feels like a cave and natural light will give it a feeling of openness plus food looks better in this type of light. If you can’t bring in natural light then choose lighting fixtures wisely and use bulbs that simulate sunlight.
Tip #4: Think about the flow. A good kitchen should be able to accommodate at least two people working in there at the same time without stepping all over each other. Even a galley style kitchen can work if it’s wide enough to walk by each other normally. If you have room for an island, make sure you can easily walk by it even if people are sitting at it on stools. This will make for an excellent entertaining area and is very appealing to homebuyers.