Top Kitchen Remodeling Projects
Of all the remodeling projects you might consider, a kitchen remodel will probably have the most impact on how functional your house is and will usually return the most value when it comes time to sell your house. There are a lot of changes you can make in the kitchen. The following is a list of the most popular projects and the preferred solutions:
Most Popular Projects
Most Popular Solutions
Countertops – Preferences included granite, the most popular choice because of its appearance and ease of maintenance. Next is concrete with its advantage of customizable colors and the ability to add tiles or other personal touches creating that one-of-a-kind look.
Solid surface countertops, such as Corian, Surrell and Avonite are also still popular because of their choice of colors and non-porous surfaces that prevent the growth of bacteria and mold.
Last, but not least, is tile which can create a distinctive and highly personalized look.
Faucets – This is one of the easiest and most inexpensive changes a homeowner can make to a kitchen. Decorative faucets can be used to add more style to the kitchen. In addition newer faucets which add more functionality and can make quick work out of kitchen tasks are becoming popular.
Cabinets – Storage can be taken to new levels with options such as roll-out shelves, wine racks, pullout doors with special shelves for pots and pans, and holders for things like canned goods, garbage bins and recyclables. Other popular features include glass-front cabinets for displaying china and crystal and open shelves for books and collectibles.
Another popular choice in cabinets is using coordinated inserts to hid large and small appliances and other kitchen utensils. Decorative hardware and under-counter lights are also popular choices for adding ambiance to the kitchen.
Appliances – Stainless steel is still very popular and available in more price ranges. In addition, manufacturers are coming out with new bold colors like sunburst yellow and mint green for both large and small appliances.
New Lighting – Many more lighting options are available to provide general lighting, task lighting, such as over the sink, as well as accent lighting to create a more pleasant appearance. large surface fluorescent lamps are recommended for general lighting because of their efficiency. Another option, although not at efficient, is recessed ceiling fixtures which provide crisper, truer light and enhance the colors and textures of the room.
Low-voltage linear downlighting systems equipped with miniature incandescent bulbs can be installed to provide task lighting for areas like the sink or range and decorative lamps with a dimmer switch can be used to set the mood for special occasions.
Flooring – Wood is making a comeback because it brings warmth to the kitchen and blends with most color schemes, as well as being very durable and easily maintained. Another popular option is ceramic tile which mimics real stone but costs less and is easier to install.