Kitchen Upgrades for the Best ROI
- Wednesday, 03 September 2014 10:00
Real talk: Kitchen remodeling can be expensive. Understandably, homeowners want to strategically choose what to upgrade in order to maximize function, aesthetics, and resale value. I recently wrote a guest post about 5 kitchen remodeling tips that have the best ROI on a home improvement blog. I think you’ll find the whole post valuable, but here’s a sneak peek.
1. Give Your Floor a Lift
Vinyl flooring saw a boom in the ‘50s and subsequent decades. If your kitchen hasn’t been updated since then, you may very well have old vinyl flooring that is peeling or has simply seen better days. Because homebuyers look for features that are modern yet low-maintenance, upgrading your flooring is an excellent investment. Select inexpensive choices like vinyl flooring from Itec or go one step up with luxury vinyl tile (LVT) that is actually grouted. With LVT and other vinyl flooring, you might not even need to rip up your existing floor.
2. Choose New Hardware Wisely
New cabinet knobs and drawer pulls can quickly and inexpensively update your kitchen. However, there are a few tips to keep in mind. Intricate, complicated designs will attract more dust than a simple round knob, and a high-gloss finish will show fingerprints. Instead, opt for oil-rubbed bronze, which will hide dirt thanks to its rich color and copper undertones. Another wise choice is a brushed metal satin finish in stainless steel or nickel, depending on whether you prefer chrome or beige, respectively. These finishes all look modern and will for quite some time.
For all five kitchen remodeling tips with the best ROI, read the full post.
What do you want to replace in your kitchen? Tell me in the comments.
Green Remodeling: Knowing the Basics
- Tuesday, 27 March 2012 23:22
If you want to minimize the environmental impact of remodeling your home, choose a home remodeler who understands “green” options. Our team at Mosaik Design & Remodeling is conscious of our effect on our surroundings throughout the design and construction process. The U.S. Green Building Council has created a point system to determine how “green” building design, construction practices, and operating processes are through the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Program (LEED.) However, the LEED Program has not yet developed a system for remodels. Instead, the Regreen Program has been established for remodelers by providing a set of tools and resources that offer guidelines for environmentally conscious remodelers.
Some of the guidelines to be aware of in your remodel are:
- Choose energy-efficient lighting and appliances, as well as water- and energy-efficient fixtures and faucets.
- Select a design that allows aging-in-place, which will eliminate the need to remodel the home later in life.
- If a kitchen remodel is on your radar, request resource-friendly, low-emission cabinet and floor materials, as well as install ventilation to keep air quality high.
- Remodeling doesn’t have to mean adding on. You can reconfigure your space to make it more efficient and functional.
There are many other guidelines that the Mosaik Design & Remodeling team would be glad to incorporate into your “green remodel.” Please give us a call and we can discuss all of the details!