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5 Kitchen Upgrades with the Most Bang for Your Buck

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“Show me the kitchen!”

Ever burst into an open house and shouted this?

OK, you were probably a bit more restrained, but most of us feel this way.

After all, kitchens and bathrooms are two of the most important rooms to home buyers. If a house looks great but has an outdated kitchen, buyers won’t bite.

So if you’re thinking of selling your home sometime in the next few years, a minor kitchen remodel is one of your best investments. According to This Old House, “A kitchen ‘face-lift’ — painting, refinishing surfaces, and upgrading appliances — will return more than a full redesign.” This is especially true here on the West Coast.

 

West Coast Kitchen Remodeling ROI

Last year, minor kitchen remodels in Oregon, Washington, and California had an ROI of 104%! That’s right, they more than paid for themselves. West Coast kitchen remodels that cost $21,554 had a resale value of $22,336 on average. That’s much higher than the national average of an 83% ROI. (A major kitchen remodel of $120,000 on the West Coast fetched an ROI of about 79%, or $94,400, in 2014.)

In general, spend 5-10% but no more than 20% of your home’s value on a kitchen remodel. Focus on kitchen upgrades that are energy-efficient, reasonably priced, and low-maintenance. For the best ROI, resist luxury options. I’ll tell you what your best bets are below.

 

Kitchen Upgrades with the Best ROI

Here are the 5 kitchen upgrades that will give you the best ROI:

Appliances: Home buyers can’t get enough of stainless steel appliances. So if you have an old white refrigerator and dishwasher, it’s time to swap them out! Your refrigerator doesn’t need all the trimmings, like an in-door ice and water dispenser, which can be problematic anyway. Stainless steel is excellent to highlight in your house listing and thankfully there are  many options out there you will like that fits your price point.

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One complaint people sometimes have about stainless steel refrigerators is that they show fingerprints easily, so if this is a sticking point, look for the brushed stainless or “print free” options. Manufacturers also make magnetic stainless steel if you like to post things on your fridge.

Countertops: Natural stone and solid quartz countertops sell! You don’t need the priciest one, either. Almost any solid stone or quartz countertop will be a vast improvement over peeling laminate. Pick a classic neutral that will appeal to a wide range of design sensibilities. Costs range widely, but you may pay $40 to $75 per square foot, depending on thickness. Granite tiles are a cheaper option, but preparing food on a surface with so many seams can be frustrating.

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Cabinets: If your cabinets are sturdy but look outdated, consider cabinet refacing. Upgrade to wood cabinet doors and leave the boxes be. Or for the most affordable fix, simply paint the cabinets a bright, fresh white.  If you have oak cabinetry, I recommend a dark grey or black instead of white which shows all of the grain patterning.  You can pay to fill the grain, but it is more costly. Don’t be tempted to splurge on fancy, quirky drawer pulls. You don’t want to waste money and possibly turn off someone who doesn’t share your style. Again, go with something classic.

Cabinets make up a big chunk of the total cost for kitchen upgrades, sometimes one-third of your total budget. It really depends on how big your kitchen is. Replacing cabinets in a 10×12 kitchen will be much cheaper than one twice that size. If budget is your top concern, use standard cabinets instead of custom.

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Flooring: Hardwood floors are ideal. People are consistently wowed by them! They make your kitchen look bigger, and plus, they’re easy to clean. If your kitchen already has hardwood floors but they’re dinged up, have them sanded and refinished. It costs less than you’d think. If you have vinyl flooring, replace it with hardwood if you can afford it. Tile is another top choice for flooring. Laminate, vinyl, and linoleum are among the least popular kitchen floor choices.

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Walls: Open floor plans have been highly desirable for years now. If your kitchen is shut off from your living space, consider having a wall knocked down or replaced with a waist-high partition. Of course, you or your remodeler will need to talk to an engineer and electrician. They can tell you if it’s a load-bearing wall and reroute outlets.

Knocking down a wall can also help bring more light into your space and create a breezy, expansive vibe — two things home buyers love. Even a small space benefits from a nice and open look.

 

Conclusion

If you’re putting your house on the market soon, a minor kitchen remodel can really boost your home’s value. We at Mosaik Design & Remodeling can help you prioritize, recommend updates, select a modern color palette, and more. Give us a call today to talk about the best kitchen upgrades for your home!

 


Top photo: Dru Bloomfield

 

Spice up your space… with color!

Kitch 2Have you ever noticed how color can affect your mood? According to Leslie Harrington, Executive Director of the Color Association of the United States, which forecasts color trends, “We react on multiple levels of association with colors — there are social or culture levels as well as personal relationships with particular colors.”

Is your bleak indoor landscape crying out for some pizzazz?

Even the slightest splash of color can infuse your space with a new level of energy.  Here are a few inspiring suggestions to spark your imagination…

  1. Paint one or more walls
  2. Paint cabinetry
  3. Add interest with color and texture in flooring choices
  4. Select furniture that brings the right mix of solids, patterns and color to the room
  5. Add colorful appliances
  6. Throw in splashes of color with accents like pillows, throws, rugs, curtains, vases and art
  7. Add hardware (like jewelry for your cabinets) to add splashes of color and whimsical accents
  8. Choose unique colors and/or textures for kitchen and bathroom countertops
  9. Use lighting fixtures to add color and shape to brighten up a room

Coming up with a color scheme that fits your personality and your space is the first step. Then, calling in the assistance of a professional designer  can really help move things along.

 

Choosing a Design Build Project Partner

may is national home remodeling monthSpring has sprung and, along with it, a new season of home renovation inspiration!

This is the time of year when many people start thinking seriously about remodeling a bathroom or kitchen or even tackling a bigger project such as a new home addition.

Before you dive headlong into your project, take the time to do some planning and get the professional support you need to make sure the job is done right… the first time.

The first important consideration has to do with your plan.  What are your goals and priorities, budget and timelines?

The answers to these important questions are easily determined when you work with the right group of professionals… people who have been through the process enough times successfully avoid getting hung up in the inevitable snags along the way.

That’s why it makes sense to work with a Design/Build firm like Mosaik Design and Remodeling.   Working with one company who can handle the details from planning to completion means you’ll avoid the pitfalls of hiring individual contractors.  It also means you’ll receive ongoing communication about every aspect of your project… from the same person who is familiar with the entire job.  In short, working with a Design/Build firm takes out the guesswork for you, and assures a consistent level of quality you are unlikely to get when you hire individual, independent contractors.

In the end, it means you’ll be happier with the process as well as the result.  And that’s worth a lot.

When you’re ready to get started, we would love to talk with you.  As a  Design/Build firm, we’ll see your project through from start to finish, communicating with you every step of the way, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

Calculating Your Remodel Return On Investment

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Kitchen Remodel, After

Are you thinking of beginning a home remodeling project in order to increase its value? Before you start, you should research how much of a return you will reap when you are ready to sell your home.

Calculating your remodel return on investment can be difficult and confusing. Not only does the type of remodel make a difference, but you need to look at your location as well. A basement remodel may not have the same return in Denver as it would in Portland.

The most widely used reference guide is issued annually by Hanley Wood and Remodeling Magazine. While the Cost vs. Value Report will give you a good idea of what investments will bring you the largest return, it is best to consult with your remodeler and real estate agent who are familiar with trends in your city and specific neighborhood. Before beginning any project, the experts at Mosaik Design & Remodeling are happy to offer design consultations on what projects may bring you the best return on your investment.